I recently built a small workshop in the backyard.
- My hobby of furniture building has turned into a small business.
I’ve had friends and neighbors buy several of my pieces. Their recommendations have led to more requests. I’ve built and sold custom dining room sets, bedroom sets, dressers and wardrobes. I enjoy designing and constructing the pieces, and I make a decent profit. I needed a dedicated workspace, where the weather doesn’t impact my productivity. Whether it’s raining, snowing, humid or whatever temperature, I wanted to be comfortable working on my furniture. As I planned out the construction of the shed, I did some research into different types of heating and cooling systems. I was looking for something compact and inexpensive, that would handle year round demand and not cost a fortune to operate. The only style of temperature control which perfectly suited my requirements was a ductless heat pump. The ductless heat pump is comprised of an outdoor compressor, linked by a conduit to an indoor air handler. The air handler is small and lightweight enough to mount on the wall. The system works by simply moving heat from one location to another. In heating mode, it gathers ambient warmth from the door air and transfers it inside. In cooling mode, the unit reverses direction to pump indoor heat to the outside. This process is safe, clean, quiet and wonderfully energy efficient. Because the ductless heat pump is powerful enough to quickly reach the desired temperature, I simply start it up shortly before I start work on a project. It is linked to my smartphone, allowing remote access and adjustment.