How to Keep Your Shipping Container Home Warm In the Winter
Fall is here and we’re all facing chillier temperatures, which will only get colder over the next few months. Shipping container homes, like any other home, can get very cold during the winter. Fortunately, there are several easy ways to make sure your shipping container house stays cozy and warm all winter long. Read on to learn more!
Start with insulation
The most important step in keeping your shipping container house warm is installing proper insulation. You want to insulate your walls, roof, and floor. Spray foam insulation is a little pricey, but very effective. We like this kit–it’s easy to use, relatively inexpensive, and long-lasting.
Find and seal leaks
Go through your house and find any gaps that may let air in, then seal them up. These gaps are most likely to be located around your external doors and windows. They’re easy to seal—just use silicon caulking and a caulking gun. This will go a long way in keeping cold air out and warm air in. If you need some tips on the best way to use caulk to seal gaps, check out this helpful video.
Double glaze your windows
If you’re in the process of designing and building your shipping container home, consider getting double glazed windows versus single glazed windows. The double glazing reduces the amount of heat lost through the windows and also serves to reduce noise coming in from outside.
Keep those curtains open
On sunny days, even when it’s cold out, the sun coming through the windows of your shipping container house can provide a lot of warmth. Many people believe that keeping curtains closed during the winter keeps out the cold. Doing so, however, causes you to miss out on the natural warmth (and light) provided by the sun. So, sure, keep your curtains pulled closed at night or on those dreary, gray, cloudy days. On sunny days, though, open those curtains and let the warm sunlight in!
Buy the right curtains
As mentioned above, even though opening your curtains on sunny days can do a lot toward keeping your shipping container home warm during the winter, you’ll want to keep your curtains closed at night. You’ll also want to consider buying some insulated curtains. These curtains are inexpensive, come in a variety of colors, and are designed to be thermal (meaning they keep heat in), blackout, and noise reducing.
If you have wooden or tile floors, get some area rugs
Hard floors are beautiful, easy to clean, and durable. Unfortunately, during the colder months, they can also make you feel cold. They just don’t give off the warmth and coziness that carpets and rugs do. There’s an easy way to fix this though—just choose some thick area rugs to place around your shipping container home. Rugs feel so nice and cozy under your bare feet and, even better, they provide some additional insulation and warmth during the winter.
We like rugs with extra thick piles for added warmth and comfort. This one is inexpensive and is available in just about any size and color you could want.
Arrange your furniture to maximize warmth
For example, if you spend a lot of time sitting on your sofa, move it away from drafty areas in your home and closer to heat sources. Also, make sure you aren’t blocking off any heat sources with furniture or rugs. Additionally, you might look at how you can block off drafts with large pieces of furniture, like bookcases or dressers.
Keep your oven door open and other doors closed
Winter is the perfect time to whip up fresh baked cookies, pies, casseroles, and breads. After you finish each batch and have turned the oven off, leave the oven door open and let the residual heat warm up the rest of your house. No sense in wasting that heat! As a bonus, the yummy smells from your baked goods will also continue to fill your home.
Interior (and obviously, exterior) doors, on the other hand, should be kept closed. It can be hard to remember to close doors behind you as you move from one room to another, but keeping doors closed is an easy way to contain heat in the rooms where you spend most of your time.
Consider getting a wood burning stove
Wood burning stoves provide a lot of heat in a short time (often, they put out enough heat to warm a large room in a matter of minutes). What’s more, wood burners are inexpensive to operate, particularly if you burn wood you cut and gathered yourself. One thing to keep in mind—wood burners are not intended to heat your entire house. You can maximize their efficiency by closing doors you don’t want to heat.
Consider getting a space heater
Space heaters are fairly inexpensive to operate and are great for warming small areas at a time. They’re also portable and can be moved around your home—say, from the living room during the day to the bedroom at night. However, space heaters should never be left on overnight, as they can pose a fire hazard. You should also make sure you don’t position your space heater near anything that is flammable. We like this space heater, which can heat a decently-sized room, has overheat protection, and turns off automatically if it tips over.
Get a humidifier or dehumidifier
Depending on where in the country you live, you may want to get a humidifier or dehumidifier. Moisture control is critical in a tiny space and if your shipping container home is located in an area with a lot of humidity, a dehumidifier is a good idea, even in the winter. On the other hand, if you live in an area were the air gets very dry during the winter, you might want to consider getting a humidifier to keep yourself comfortable.
Obviously, you want your home to be as warm as possible, but as a practical measure and a cost-saving measure, it’s also a good idea to look at how you can keep yourself, personally, as warm as possible. If you start to feel chilly, put on a comfy sweater or robe. Snuggle under a thick blanket (or even consider getting an electric blanket). Put on some fluffy socks. Sip a hot drink. Eat some hot soup.
We hope that these tips will help keep you and your shipping container house warm and cozy throughout the winter. Please share any tips you have in the comments below!