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Yurt Living – Climate Comfort Part 2

Let’s talk climate further. That will provide insight for add-ons necessary to achieve year-round comfort.

Yurts appear logical for my tropical climate where elements of nature aren’t so severe. Well, surprise, but no worry. Just know that maintaining yurt warmth can be an easier task than keeping cool.

So if hot weather is the case, consider awnings and reflective insulation. Companies that sell yurts which can be permitted typically offer such upgrades. Other yurt suppliers tend to provide for the climate where they manufacture and focus on those needs only.

The other hot weather issue is ventilation. Not only for mold, but to get a breeze. Most yurts are manufactured with three windows and a standard single door. I suggest investigating extra windows and  awnings for ultimate fresh-air comfort. Personally, I feel the window dressings create a look of charm that is yurt-unique with a functional dome. Oh yeah, don’t forget the yurt dome opens! How about tinting the dome?

Writing from some yurt living experience, the ceiling fan mount I purchased through Yurts of Hawaii is impressive quality and fits perfectly under the yurt dome. Download a price list that proves reasonable for all add-ons referred above. It’s a great guide, regardless of where you order.

For those who want to study custom options, I’m glad to report there’s a wealth of information on our Internet. Yet please keep in mind that communicating with experts from where you buy is typically with no consultation fee, ‒ the smart way to proceed with factory-direct pricing.

Pacific Yurts offers a list of locations from North to Central America where you may vacation and experience the yurt lifestyle before investing. Wise choice for do-it-yourselfers who would rather contemplate purchases than rely on a good consultant. Also know that vacation sites are adding yurt options rather rapidly.

The first yurt and climate post referred to interior stoves for cold temperatures. Now you know all seasons are feasible for yurt living. Feel free to send your queries about comfort in any location and expect a response.

Photo of custom windows yurt provided by Kilwar, a/k/a Kilwar Ermetico, on Squidoo. Ceiling fan pic provided by Yurts of Hawaii.

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Yurt Living – Getting Started
Yurt Living – Climate Comfort

Written by Delia Montgomery

I am Delia, d/b/a Chic Eco on www.ChicEco.com, and established myself as an eco fashion guru by learning "who makes what in the world of environmental fashion and design."

Enjoy reading some of my freelance writing about environmental design, fashion and art -- from both consumer and supplier perspectives. You may notice I focus most on individual eco designers, movers and shakers.

From sustainable fashion apparel to paint and flooring, discoveries are a rush. I get my kicks this way. I also offer sales representation of earth-friendly designed products for wholesale buyers. Retailers may take advantage of my services with factory-direct pricing. Spend less time sourcing and prevent green-washed purchases!

My other forte is connecting suppliers with business-to-business tools. Aspects of my business vary with consulting services while I'm proud to be the aide that embraces unique and innovative gigs.

I'm originally a Kentucky Blue Grass gal who relocated to Maui early 2006 and the tropical Puna District of Big Island, Hawaii late 2007. Walk the talk is my motto here.

Early 2009 I constructed a yurt home office in a semi-urban setting on a tiny lot. My water comes from the sky, contained in a catchment that's not likely to dry in this rain forest. The electric is designed for solar conversion. I grow about 30% of my food organically, compost, and recycle to the hilt. Permaculture with a full eco system is my gardening style.

In fact, gardening is my ultimate joy. I seek gigs like design, weeding and planting between other jobs. My love is Hawai'i which has more climate zones than any state. There are frequent earthquakes here, typically under a 3.0 magnitude, and I happen to dig the vibrations. It's a wonderful simple life in paradise. As I grow older and wiser, I become more and more grateful.

One Comment

  1. Wonderful, informative posts, Delia.

    One piece I would add to the “keeping it cool” discussion is to site a yurt under trees if at all possible. I think trees make the biggest difference in comfort of any single factor. (They also help keep temperatures more constant in cold weather.) If people don’t have trees available on their site, I usually encourage them to plant some around the yurt.

    It’s so nice to have someone focusing on the design aspects of yurts (as well as all the practical information you are providing)!

    thanks,

    becky kemery

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