Whether you are heading off the grid entirely, or just have a dream of a simple homestead life, you are still going to need to give some thought to how to heat or cool your homestead. Let us take a peek at some of the options open to you.
Simple Ways to Heat or Cool Your Homestead
Caring for your home is more complicated than caring for your crops
Crops and livestock already have a range of smart, low-tech options open for wintertime protection. Whether you are wrapping crops, relocating vulnerable plants to greenhouses, or providing barns for livestock, it is easy to do and implement.
What about your own home, though? You may love the simple life, but you probably do not want to shiver your way through the winter or boil during summer. You must have a way to heat and cool your homestead. Any heating option you choose has to be reliable, efficient, and easily available to you, and making the choice can be surprisingly difficult. Let’s take a closer look at some options to heat or cool your homestead.
Wood stoves and furnaces
If you want pure self-sufficiency, a wood stove may be the best choice. It is fully possible to heat even a medium-sized homestead with just wood. All it takes is the commitment to gathering your fuel. If self-chopping would be too overwhelming, or there are no easy wood sources nearby, you can always source the wood from an external supplier. Modern wood stoves are efficient and, given the proper maintenance, will last for decades
Speaking of efficiency, modern furnaces are also far better than their older prototypes and can reach 98% efficiency. They are pricey to install but will last forever on next to no maintenance. You will pay for fuel as an ongoing cost, however.
Heat pumps and HVAC units
While a stove or furnace fits the image of a homestead, do not dismiss harnessing some modern tech to help you. It is fully possible to heat or cool your homestead and run a high-tech homestead, and if the circumstances are right, there is nothing wrong with installing some creature comforts. However, you will need to give the following questions some careful thought:
- Can installers and maintainers reach the property?
- Alternatively, do you have the skills for self-install and DIY maintenance?
- Can you easily access parts like home air filters through shipping/collection?
Heat pumps are expensive to install, but offer supreme efficiency and can cut electricity consumption on a traditional HVAC by over half. System size can be more limited, however.
Running a smart home
Keeping the inside of your home comfortable is not just about having a system to help. There is a lot you can do to heat or cool your homestead. Start by ensuring the home is properly insulated – including your roof cavities – and take care to keep this maintained. Most homes lose frightening amounts of heat in winter simply due to cracks and leaks. Installing double-glazed windows in very hot or cold locations will also help here. On the plus side, this will also help cut your budget overall.
Final Thoughts on How to Heat or Cool Your Homestead
Everyone’s ideal homestead dream looks a little different, but it should always be a cozy place where you feel at home. Whether you want a crackling wood stove or don’t mind a few high-tech heating solutions, it is perfectly possible to design a homestead that will always feel like the best place in the world, even in the depths of winter.
Do you have any tips to heat or cool your homestead you can share? Please do so in the comment box below.