Heating and Cooling for Guest House

Answered by Brendan ~ January 27, 2011 ~ No Comments » | Respond to this question

We're going to build a 12' x 16' separate guest room in our back yard. It will have 2x6" frame construction, a simple peaked roof, and insulated double-pane windows. It will be used mostly when family comes to visit for two weeks in the summer and at Christmas and other shorter holidays. What's the least expensive type of heating and cooling unit that will keep them comfortable with our hot summers and wet winters?

Jacob N. ~ Redding, California

Brendan Fowler

I would recommend installing a through-the-wall heating and air conditioning unit. These are easy to install, do not require any significant ductwork and can be turned on and off as they are needed. Be sure to choose the unit you plan to install prior to closing up the walls so you can plumb and wire accordingly. If you have multiple rooms in the guest house, you can even consider installing multiple units so that you can get more evenly distributed heating and cooling.

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