Winter Wonders: Ensuring Your Tiny Home Stays Toasty in the Arctic Chill

winter Jan 18, 2024
A tiny home in winter by Teacup Tiny Homes

As the arctic cold snap sweeps across North America, conversation naturally turns to how we keep our homes - tiny or otherwise - safe and warm. At Teacup Tiny Homes, we understand the importance of preparing for these icy conditions.

Let's delve into the vital question: "Are tiny homes warm enough?"


The answer hinges on several factors: the installed systems, the expertise of the builders, and an understanding of the building fundamentals that contribute to warmth. This isn't merely a question of the R-value in the walls; it's about the comprehensive integration of systems. From the strategic placement of wall studs to minimize thermal bridging, to the intricacies of heating systems, every detail counts. Moreover, making uninformed adjustments to a plan could lead to complications down the road.

Today, I want to share some tips and tricks to protect your tiny home – and even a regular-sized home – from winter's harshness. First, it's crucial to recognize that these issues aren't exclusive to smaller living spaces. In any home, water lines can freeze, and pipes can burst, especially if left unchecked during a cold snap. That brings us to rule number one: ensure someone checks on your home daily, a practice likely also required by your insurance policy.

Now, let's dive into some winter maintenance tips:

1. **Keep the Inside Climate Warm**: In regions like Canada and Alaska, heating systems often use propane or natural gas. But remember, propane needs to stay warm –  If your propane supply fails, you'll likely rely on electricity for heating. Ensure your propane flow by using a heat blanket or heat tape, available on Amazon or at home hardware stores.

2. **Prevent Freezing in Key Areas**: During extreme cold, open cabinet doors under sinks and near plumbing systems to allow interior heat to circulate and prevent freezing along exterior walls. If you're concerned about waterline freezing, keep a slight trickle of water flowing.

3. **Prepare for Power Outages**: In the rare event of a power outage, turn off the water and open all faucets to drain the system, helping to prevent burst pipes or damaged fixtures.

4. **Insulate and Skirt Your Tiny Home**: Ensure your tiny home is skirted with insulated material. Our Teacup Homeowner Handbook provides examples and codes for proper skirting, crucial for keeping cold winds from penetrating the floor system. In extreme cold, consider placing an outdoor-rated heater under the skirted area for additional warmth.

Remember, your first winter in a tiny home is a learning experience. Like any form of homeownership, these tips are key to protecting your investment, whether it's a cozy tiny home or a more traditional dwelling.

Don't fret over the small details; when you build with Teacup Tiny Homes, we guide you through every step.

Our online training portal, the Teacup Academy, is filled with invaluable resources.

And here's some exciting news: Teacup Academy is now open to everyone interested in learning about the tiny home build process! Click here to explore our courses.

Dive into 'How To Build A Tiny Home' for a comprehensive look at the construction side, or check out our exclusive paperwork package. This package includes actual building specifications and quality control checklists we use in our builds, sharing some of the most vital Teacup secrets for successful building. Want to save while learning?

These offerings can be bundled for great savings. Interested in a coupon code? Just send us an email, and we'll happily provide one.

If you're ready to get started with your Teacup Tiny Home build of your own, book a discovery call with the team and we can get started. 

Happy building, and stay warm this winter!"