Shepherd Hut Heating Tips and Advice
If you’re intending to use your shepherd hut in the winter months, it’s crucial to prepare for the impact that the cold weather can have.
Our team here at Greendown Shepherd Huts have provided some of our top tips for how you can keep your shepherd hut heated and warm regardless of the weather outside.
Portable electric heaters are ideal for keeping shepherd huts warm. They’re cheap, easy-to-use and will quickly heat up a space as and when you require. They’re also small enough so that you don’t have to compromise on space – and in the summer when they’re not needed, they can be put into storage.
There are a variety of different types of electric heaters available to purchase. Three of the most common include fan heaters, oil-filled heaters and halogen heaters.
- Fan heaters – use an electric coil to create heat and then blow warmth across the room. Cheap and light but can be quite noisy.
- Oil-filled heaters – use an electrical current within thermal oil, heating the oil and circulating it around the heater (similar to water in a radiator). Take a long time to warm up but also stay warm for a long time once turned off.
- Halogen heaters – use halogen elements enclosed in lamps or bulbs to radiate heat directly onto objects. Work quickly and efficiently so are cheap to run.
Just like houses, shepherd huts can significantly benefit from double-glazed windows. Not only do they add an extra barrier to the cold outside, thus reducing the amount of heat being transferred, but they also lock in the heat, which is perfect for helping to keep your hut warm during the bitter winter days and nights.
If you currently only have single-glazed windows and don’t have the budget to switch to double-glazed, an alternative solution is to stick a layer(s) of plastic sheeting to the window. This isn’t as effective as double-glazed windows but does provide extra protection from the cold.
Underfloor heating is another great method of heating your shepherd hut as it is cosy, modern and ‘hidden’. As its name suggests, it is fitted under the floor and heats every inch of the floor at a low temperature meaning that heat is spread evenly around the hut.
Shepherd huts are usually better suited to dry/electric underfloor heating systems as opposed to wet. This is because they take up less space and only need an electric source to run.
The system is placed on top of a layer of insulation ensuring that all of the heat travels up into the room and isn’t wasted through the floor.
Usually made from metal like cast iron or steel, log burners generate heat by burning wood fuel in an enclosed fire chamber. They provide an intense source of heat, meaning that your hut gets warm quickly and effectively.
They are available in a range of sizes and varying energy output levels so no matter how big or small your hut, you can choose a model that is an appropriate fit.
They also help to make your hut feel cosy and homely.
Another way you can lock heat into your shepherd hut is to purchase and install thermal blinds. These are designed to deflect the cold, but they also add an extra layer for helping to keep the heat inside.
And during the summer months they can also be used to reflect the heat from the sun, preventing it from entering your hut and helping to keep it cool.
If you find it particularly cold at night, a popular idea to consider is attaching a heated blanket to your bedding. It only uses a small source of electricity and the heat it provides directly targets your body. You can even control the temperature so that its warmth is suitable for you.
Unlike electric heaters, heated blankets don’t heat an area or a room – they only heat you. This makes them especially helpful if you’re sharing a hut with other people who all like different temperatures when sleeping.
Get Started with Greendown Shepherd Huts
Here at Greendown Shepherd Huts we specialise in crafting beautiful shepherd huts. Using the finest materials and our craftsmen’s wealth of experience, we’re passionate about bringing our customer’s unique visions to life.
All our huts are fully insulated and come with a range of features, like a gas boiler to provide hot water on tap, a traditional log burner, a small electric heater and double-glazed windows.
If you’re interested in having your very own shepherd hut, please don’t hesitate to contact our team today. Crafted in South West England using durable oak, all our huts are striking, hardwearing and can be completely customised to suit your individual requests and requirements.