||07-25-2012 02:05 PM
HVAC options for very small cabin/shack
We need to add a quick building at a remote property to lay our head when we are on site. The main focus of this project is fast and cheap. Approx SF will be 500 to include 2 bed, 1bath, and kitchen/living area. I am looking for a simple and economical way to heat/cool it. We will have 200A of electric on site, no nat gas, but could have propane. However, in comparing costs of propane and electric per BTU, and the fact that we will not run it more than maybe 1-2days/mo, electric seems the wiser choice.
A heat pump setup is obviousy better for heat but not sure if the cost will be offset. Resistive baseboard heats seem too expensive and too much work for what you get. I was really considering a system where the evap and condenser are built together and you just add ducting (not sure what you call them). I have also considered the basic window unit with built in resistive heating. I would prefer some minor ducting to make sure the rooms stay comfortable but no need to go nuts here.