We recommend using our Basic insulation package in most locations and situations for improving the functionality of your yurt. The Basic insulation package includes a reflective thermal barrier, which is a thin bubble wrap faced with reflective foil on both sides. It is flexible, lightweight and easily transported with your shelter. This product works well to trap heat while your heat source is operating. This insulation works well for occasional yurt use, or 3 season living in moderate climates. This type of insulation is good as a Radiant Heat Barrier. Rather than a R value, it has a U value. U-values represent the transfer of energy through conduction and radiation while R-value only represents resistance to heat transfer. Therefore, a low U value means that the material keeps a maximum of radiant heat in the structure. This means that when your heat source is going, the yurt will stay heat up quickly and stay warm. When your heat source goes out, your yurt will cool off.
Arctic Insulation, a Shelter Designs exclusive! Features a double sided reflective barrier with an added 1/2" flexible foam, raising the heat retention of any yurt. For 4 season yurt living in moderate and cold climates, Arctic insulation is often the key to making your yurt more comfortable. (along with insulating your floor) The addition of the foam layer gives you a small amount of R value, in addition to the reflective thermal barrier. This means that your heat will stay in the yurt a little longer than with our Basic insulation. Let's be real though! A yurt is not a stick framed house, and will never operate like one. If climate controlled space is what you need, you may not enjoy the dips in temperature that accompany living in a yurt, even one as nice as ours. Living in a yurt is one step closer to nature, with all the ups and down that accompany the natural world. You will hear the rain, feet from your head. You might hear your neighbors diesel generator 1/2 a mile away. The birds will wake you in the morning, and the summer sun will warm your yurt up.
Things that we have seen our customers do to moderate their yurt's temperatures include:
A air conditioner unit can be mounted in our thermal-paned windows, some get a mini-split which is a heater and air-conditioner in one. Some folks use propane heat on a thermostat. In areas where there is extreme winters, you might want to consider getting a few smaller yurts and connecting them instead of the 40', to be able to better control temperatures. Supplemental heat sources in bedrooms, or bathrooms might be a good idea.
We highly recommend that you insulate your platform for protection from extremes in weather.