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Accessory dwelling units (ADUs) or tiny homes have become incredibly popular in recent years. The homes are very affordable and it provides new homeowners the opportunity to purchase something without a huge mortgage payment each month. It’s not just Portland the surrounding areas that are seeing an increase of accessory dwelling units, either! The trend in buying or building tiny homes is something that has become very popular nationwide.

How big are they?
ADUs can range from 200 square feet to 800 square feet and are relatively inexpensive to build or purchase. They are great options for people that want to buy a large piece of land and live simply, as well. In Portland, home prices have continued to rise, making home ownership out of reach for many working families. For people in this situation, ADUs may be appealing.

What are some of the benefits of ADUs?
ADUs are very small, so they aren’t for everyone. But, they do have some big benefits including significant energy savings. Because ADUs are small, they require less energy use and homeowners will be able to save money on utility bills every month.

How do you heat and cool an ADU?
Tiny homes usually don’t have the space for ductwork that goes into a traditional home’s heating and cooling system. For this reason, a ductless mini-split system is the perfect option for heating and cooling tiny homes. These systems are very efficient, don’t take up much space, and are very quiet. They will heat and cool your home year round with a simple remote. All it takes is a few clicks of a button and you’ll have instant comfort, no matter how cold or hot it is outside. Installation is easy – it only takes a couple of hours for us to install it and there is little to no maintenance after that. You can rely on the system to heat and cool your home for years to come – it’s dependable and will keep the heating and cooling costs at a minimum. We’re proud to install high quality ductless mini-splits from reliable brands, including Carrier. Ductless mini-split systems are also well-priced and won’t break your budget and are priced significantly less than traditional HVAC systems.

If you think a ductless mini-split is a good option for your home or you’re considering buying or building an ADU, give us a call today and we’ll gladly help you figure out which system is right for you. Our experienced team will help you find a system that will fit your home and budget perfectly! In addition, there are a variety of tax rebates and incentives happening for 2016 that we can help you with that will save you money!

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