How to climate-control your shipping container home

When you decide on making a home out of a shipping container, what comes to your mind first?Surely, how to insulate it from weather extremes? This is the most important step during your entire journey of transforming a steel container into a nice and cozy abode since the metal can get awfully hot or cold depending on the climate.Here are a few different types of popular insulations you can consider using at your container home:

How To Climate Control Your Shipping Container Home

Foam insulation:

The polyurethane foam is the most popular insulation material available in the market. It works for both cold and humid climates because of its ability to act as a seamless vapor
barrier. So, it is apt for spraying at the outer and inner walls, as well as underneath a container. It can effectively prevent mold and corrosion and can be conveniently used even at the smallest of the
gaps. However, it is the most expensive insulation material too. Hence, if you are going to live in your container home in a hot and dry climate, you can look for other cheaper options.

Blanket insulation:

This DIY-friendly insulation is the cheapest too. The most common type of this is rock wool. This type of insulation requires additional stud walls; on the construction of which it can be quickly fitted in place. The blanket insulations are also made from fiberglass that requires additional safety measures and equipment. The drawbacks with this type of insulation are the need for a stud wall, which reduces the inner space of an already narrow container, as well as its inability to stop condensation in a cold or humid climate.

Panel insulation:

These panels come in predefined sizes and require stud walls to keep them in place. Quick and easy to install, these are slightly more expensive than blanket insulations but way cheaper than spray foam. These provide high insulation with less bulk, hence, save precious space.

Eco-friendly insulation:

When your reason behind living on a container is to go green, your best option for insulation needs to be environment-friendly too. Nature offers a number of materials which can be used as insulations. Sheep wool is such an item. It can be used as blanket insulation instead of artificial fiberglass. Insulation made from recycled cotton cloths is also a good option since every year, thousands of tons of clothing are discarded by big brands, adding up to the landfill.You can also have a living roof and walls where you can grow your food. This is a win-win situation. However, you need to pay attention to proper waterproofing and drainage. It is also important to have some kind of vapor barrier to check condensation during the rainy season.Mud is a popular insulation material in many parts of the world, especially in hot arid climate. In some parts of India, people put a coat of mud on traditionally built houses to keep it cool. If your climate allows, you too can use mud on the outer walls of your container. However, you would require battens to stick the same.In addition to the insulation materials, a few basic methods related to the construction and placement of the container home can make a big difference with its internal climate. Place your container under tree shade. Install high over sized sloped roof and multiple windows for cross ventilation. Always use thick curtains to keep the heat at bay. Lastly, don’t rely on just one type of insulation. Mix and match a few to cut cost and improve efficiency.

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