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Consumers Seek to Heat and Cool More Spaces

According to a recent study conducted by Forbes, for the first time since the 1970s, the square footage of the average American dream home is dropping. When asked which they prefer for a dream home, people across all ages and backgrounds chose Tiny House over Luxury Mansion. Overall, Millennials (and even Gen Xers, as they become empty nesters) want smaller, more practical homes with better quality appointments.

This shift in attitude could be the driving force behind the trend to make the most of smaller homes by turning sheds, sunrooms and garages into additional living spaces. A trend that started in the UK (where homes are traditionally smaller than in the U.S.) has caught hold stateside as more Americans turn garages into media rooms, garden sheds into quiet retreats, and sunrooms into year-round game rooms. One product that is helping consumers make the most of their space was also borrowed from overseas: the ductless mini-split. The system can make any space livable year-round. Many mini-splits, like the Gree Mini-Split, come with WiFi capabilities so the temperature can be controlled from the comfort of the main home (or anywhere) with smart devices.  

Another benefit that is important to homeowners is that mini-splits are the environmentally friendly option to traditional forced air systems because there is no energy loss through ductwork. They are also quiet and the perfect fit for small spaces like sheds, garages and sunrooms. Retailers can help customers create dream spaces in their modest homes by promoting mini-split options.          

About Liz Lichtenberger

Liz Lichtenberger
Liz is the special projects editor for Hardware Retailing magazine. She reports on news and trends, visits retailers, and attends industry events. She graduated from Xavier University, where she earned a degree in English and Spanish and was a member of the swim team. Liz is a Louisville, Kentucky, native who lives in Indianapolis with her husband and two children. She enjoys swimming, reading, doing home improvement projects around her house and cheering on her two favorite basketball teams, the Kentucky Wildcats and the Xavier Musketeers.

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