The granny pod is a hot topic lately with the aging of our society and the need for creative solutions to accommodate senior members of our families. The “granny pod” is a term used to describe a form of multi-generational housing, often a prefabricated housing unit designed to be placed in the backyard of an existing house to keep the granny (or other elderly family member) close to relatives to help as they need assistance due to aging or other health problems. Granny pods are of special interest today because they are relatively inexpensive and allow the older family members to retain independence and privacy while still remaining close by. In fact, the AARP reports these backyard pods can often be produced, depending on features and size, anywhere from $50,000 to $250,000 – often a far-cry cheaper than buying real estate, especially in certain parts of the U.S., without the bonus of proximity to loved ones. Newer, quieter HVAC technology, in the form of ductless heating and cooling, are contributing to this trend. Four Reasons Ductless Heating and Cooling is perfect for Your Granny Pod:
  • It’s unobtrusive. Granny pods are a perfect option for a senior looking to remain close to their family while maintaining independence and privacy. Traditional central air and heating may be impractical or cost prohibitive. Ductless heating and cooling is an excellent option for these increasingly popular housing alternatives because they “fit” the bill without taking up too much space.
  • It’s affordable. Often, the considerations of the family installing a granny pod on their property are driven by tight budgets. High energy bills may not be an option for the senior on a fixed income, and ductless heating and cooling is known to be extremely energy efficient.
  • It’s comfortable. Ductless heating and cooling can effectively keep your parents or elderly family members cool during the summer and warm during winter, an essential part of enjoying the comforts of their new home. Plus, no ducts means fewer contaminants and dust circulating, which could aggravate an elder’s allergies or respiratory issues.
  • It’s customizable. One of the amazing aspects of the granny pod trend is they come in all different shapes and sizes to fit any space and any budget. Ductless heating and cooling systems are extremely customizable, creating many options for the heating and cooling of the new granny pod addition to your home.
As our loved ones age, their needs, as well as their financial situations, change. When this happens, many people are choosing the alternative of granny pods to be closer to their family, remain independent as well as preserve their privacy. If a granny pod is in your future, be sure to consider ductless heating and cooling to keep the indoor air quality at its best. Finally, if you decide a “pod” is the perfect place for your twenty-something child who still lives at home, that’s okay too. For over 25 years, Air Specialty has offered a complete range of HVAC services to Mobile and its surrounding communities. Our experienced, NATE-certified technicians can help you with a ductless heating and cooling plan for your new granny pod or any of your HVAC needs. Contact us today for to schedule a consultation and review your options.
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