Tiny houses are increasing in popularity. Not only are they more affordable than the gigantic McMansions, they can easily be moved to other locations. One thing that may concern you if you are considering living in a tiny house is the availability of hot water to meet all your needs. Fortunately, there are several appliances that provide hot water without the need of having a hot water tank taking up space in a tiny house. Here are a few options to consider.
Tankless water heater
Tankless water heaters heat water when it is needed instead of heating a large amount of water and storing it in a tank. Tankless water heaters can use electric or gas to heat the water you need on demand. Another feature of tankless water heaters is that you can adjust the temperature setting directly on the unit. This can prevent you from getting burnt by scalding hot water, and it can also keep your electricity or gas usage to a minimum.
Install a tankless water heater directly in between your shower and sink in the bathroom and another one underneath your kitchen sink. Or, you can install one unit to service both your bathroom and your kitchen. However, using one unit could pose a problem if someone attempts to use the kitchen sink while another person is taking a shower. Consult with an installation service like Smedley & Associates, Plumbing, Heating, Air Conditioning to learn about these types of possible limitations of having one unit for your tiny house.
A washer/dryer combo is an excellent way to wash and dry your clothing while taking up a small amount of space. Choose a washer/dryer combo that has the ability to heat water within the unit. That way, you won’t have to worry about the capacity of your tankless water heater being affected when it’s being used for showering, meal preparation, or washing dishes.
Besides the small footprint of these units, the best feature is that you don’t have to remove wet clothing and transfer it to a separate dryer. You simply place your clothing inside the appliance, change the settings for the particular wash and dry cycles you need, and turn it on. Return in a few hours to freshly laundered and dried clothing, depending on the type of clothing and the settings you used.
When choosing a washer/dryer combo for your tiny house, you’ll want to look for a unit that heats water and also does not require an air vent. Most of these units use a condensation drying process that does not require an air vent, which is a good thing in tiny houses that are already limited in wall space.
If you prefer using a dishwasher instead of washing dishes by hand, you may be happy to learn that there are tiny dishwashers available for tiny houses. When choosing a dishwasher, look for one that has as built-in water heating system so you don’t run into similar problems that were covered in the previous section with your tankless water heater.
Some are designed to sit on top of counters, and some have wheels on them so they can be rolled into place to use and then rolled out of the way when not in use. Since you probably don’t want to give up the small amount of countertop space you have in your tiny house, you can install a countertop dishwasher into a cabinet or cupboard.
You probably won’t be able to wash large pots and pans in your tiny dishwasher due to the size limitations of the tiny appliance, but that’s okay since you’ll have enough hot water in your kitchen sink to do the job.