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Container Home Heating

Twoandahalf years ago I decided tomove out of the city and build myself a shipping container cabin. I drew itup on the computer first and then once I saw this site it just came together reallyquickly. The cabin is made of three standard20foot shipping containers. I’ve done some modifications to them so you can walk through all three containers. This is my washroom. I had a roughed in toilet that I never used. I used the outhouse instead. This was my bedroom. Living room, kitchen, and then I guess second living room. This is where I primarily spent all my time. Either infront of the fire during winter or most likely outside enjoying the sun in the summertime. All of these doors arestandard issue shipping container doors.

They’re actually sealed when they’re locked and I initially designedthe cabin around containers on the premise that once the doors are sealedand locked you can walk away for several weeks at a time. If you go traveling you can close up your house and you don’t have to worry about it it’s just my utilityroom basically it was a a propane fired hot water tank that that the infloorradiant heat system and also provided pod domestic water there’s 17.4 millioncontainers in the world and threequarters of them are sitting emptyand so they’re readily available and they’re relatively inexpensive and alsothey provide a great deal of structural properties the largest challenge was toinsulate the cabin I was hoping to stay here for fourseasons I came up with insulating the interior walls with spray foam and thenthe openings where the steel doors are insulated with bats i was able to get anrvalue about r22 for all the walls and which makes surviving the winter more iguess more enjoyable water sources were an issue my neighbors were kind enoughto let me fill up my water tote so i would either drive my tractor over andpick up the water or make arrangements and travel into the closest countingfill up my water so I truck all my water in the energy side i designed a twokilowatt solar system I use the outhouse as my primary washer after watching manypeople before me make tiny houses I I really like the idea of downsizing andsimplifying your life by moving to a smaller space it forced me to selectwhat mattered in my life I grew up around offgrid systems my grandfatherbuilt his first hydro site one in the forties to power his house and hisbusiness and my father did the same and i wanted to do something similar so Iguess it’s been in my family for three generations so it felt natural I enjoyed simple wellthoughtout thingsand this incorporates a lot of my interests into just a smaller spot ifeel that being responsible and sustainable goes handinhand withwelldesigned systems my passion is design and being having a holisticlifestyle is also passion of mine and they just they marry very well I justgraduated from school so I am starting my own business in the solar renewableenergy field trying to I guess empower people to to do similar things that I’vebeen doing I lived in the house for twoandahalfyears fulltime the cabin is 355 square feet most people would consider that smallertiny to be honest i didn’t spend that much time inside the cabin where Iprepared ate food and slept and then read most evenings but when i was home iI’d be outside where I prefer to be in nature living here by myself fortwoandahalf years was just just me and my dog.

MiniSplit Heating and Cooling GHC InDepth With P Allen Smith

Hey, there’s a lot of pressure to get thishouse finished, and it’s getting hot. But this will help cool things down. They sayan ecofriendly house can’t be built in 150 days for $150,000, and I say it can. I’m AllenSmith, join me as I push the limits with time, budget and creativity with the Garden HomeChallenge, exclusively on eHow Home. So who isn’t interested in saving money? You knowthat most of the energy that we use in our homes really goes to heating and cooling thehouse. Well, today, these guys are installing the mini split system. It’s kind of a crossbetween conventional central heat and air and the old fashioned window unit. So, how’sit going on up there, Dustin? Pretty good, Allen. Good, come on down. So tell me, whatis this unit here? What this is is, this is your evaporator, this is your indoor unit,what you would have in your typical household, that would normally be in an attic or in acloset or under your house. Right. Here, it’s gonna be on your wall, and you will have noduct work. Duct work is sort of a culprit in central heat and air systems. Yes, it it.And you lose a lot energy. You lose cool air or warm air through the duct system. You loseabout 40 percent in some places. That’s not very efficient. It hurts your wallet prettygood sometimes. I bet it does. So with the mini split, you’re actually investing in thefuture. Absolutely. Because, you know, you’re gonna spend a little more upfront than youwould for a standard heat and air system, but over time it pays for itself. That itdoes, that it does. Yeah. So what sort of energy efficiency can we see with this? Well,there’s what’s called a SEER rating: Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. And the standardjust for typical systems is around 13. This right here is 16. And they can sometimes,depending on how you use it, can go as far up to 19 or 21, so… Is that percent savingsor their rating or their gauge? That’s basically their rating of how well it works and howmuch energy you will save. Right. Dustin, I have to admit, when we talked about theseinitially, I wasn’t sure if I was gonna like these being mounted on the wall. But I paintedthe color of the wall the same as the unit, so hopefully you don’t really draw attentionto it. The beautiful thing is, it’s very quiet so you’ll never here it. Now this right hereis a wall unit, and right over here we have ceiling unit. Oh, okay, you’re about to putit in, huh? The ceiling units I like a lot better because you don’t see them. So, Dustin,this unit will actually cool and heat this room, the kitchen. Absolutely. As a ceilingmount, which I like. This unit right here is flush mounted to the ceiling. It’s nothanging off the wall as the other one is.

They serve the exact same purpose, but asyou can see, it’s just flushed to the ceiling. And for this room, this looks like it’s setto blow air in four different directions. That is correct. Here, here, every direction,and this is your return. So I know you guys have been working outside maybe we canout and take a look at the condensing unit so our viewers would get a little better ideaof how these mini splits work? Absolutely. Okay. Come on, let’s go. So, Dustin, thisis a condenser that gets mounted out here just like a conventional central heat andair system, right? That’s right. Okay, and you’re gonna place it right here? Yes, sir.Right here. This whole unit will power everything, all eight evaporators inside. Really? Right.And it understands the fact that we can change the temperature in every single room? Yes,it does. That’s good. You know, Dustin, one of the things that really caught my attentionabout these units is that they’re so quiet.

They’re very quiet. You almost have to bestanding right next to it just to even hear it. Yeah, you can put your hand down hereto actually feel the air. Now what about maintenance? How frequently should it be checked out? Justbasically like your typical system, it should be checked out twice a year, right beforeyou go into the summer season. For cooling. Cooling. Right. And right before you go intothe winter season for heating. Very good. Well, thank you so much. Absolutely, it’sno problem. I’ll let you get back to work..

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