The she-shed craze has gained in popularity in recent years, providing a fun, versatile space for crafting, hobbies, or just quiet relaxation in your own backyard. If you're ready to start building your own she-shed, one of the most important considerations to keep in mind is how to heat and cool it. Without that, even the fanciest outdoor shed won't be a comfortable place to spend very much time in. Your local HVAC experts can help you select and install the right system for flawless operation.
Here are some important heating and cooling considerations to keep in mind when constructing your she-shed:
- A climate control system is not optional. The comfort of your she-shed relies on much more than heating or cooling the air; you also need to remember things like humidity levels and air quality, especially if you're going to be storing items that mean something to you inside. You might be able to open a window to keep it cool and get some airflow, but that won't do anything to deter mold growth, mildew, or dampness on any personal items you store inside (and it certainly won't be a good idea if you don't like mosquitos, flies, and critters sharing your space). If this is a place you want to kick back and relax with your books or your knitting, you need to make sure it has an adequate ventilation system to keep the inside air clean and healthy for you to breathe.
- Avoid portable fans and heaters. Sure, you could try using a portable fan or space heater in your shed, but they won't do anything to address the indoor air quality problems listed above. Plus, you have the added risk that inherently comes with space heaters, which present a fire hazard when used improperly. Think that can't happen to you? Space heaters are responsible for more than 40% of all home heating-related fires; it's easier than you think to forget about them!
- Go ductless. So what can you use if not a portable fan or space heater? The solution is a ductless heating and cooling system. As the name suggests, these systems do not require air ducts, making them convenient, versatile, and perfect for small spaces like she-sheds. In addition to providing heating and cooling, mini splits also control humidity, so your she-shed will always have comfortable air no matter what the weather is like outside.
- Don't forget about insulation. As with your house, insulation is a key component of an efficient heating and cooling system. Properly installed, it will keep your shed cool in the summer and warm in the winter. This means you won't have to run your heating and cooling system as often to keep your space comfortable, saving you money on electricity.
- A final note on indoor air quality: Just like humans, your shed needs to breathe. If you're planning on using your she-shed as a workshop where chemicals, sawdust, dirt, and similar items will be present, adequate ventilation is an absolute must. Not only will poor ventilation lead to respiratory and eye irritation, but your shed will also start to smell terrible. A buildup of fumes may also become a serious fire hazard. Be sure to design your shed with features that will provide the airflow you need, such as louvered vents, wall vents, ridge vents, or venting skylights.
Your she-shed is supposed to be a place for you to relax, so make sure to take extra care in selecting the building materials and systems that will make you the most comfortable. To partner with a local HVAC company in Austin who can help you turn your she-shed dreams into a reality, don't hesitate to give 1st Class Heat & Air, Inc a call!
Need a heating and cooling system for your shed? Call (972) 846-8819 today to schedule a consultation.