Fall: Time to Winterize your Mobile Home pt. 2
The past couple of winters have broken records and caused several billion in damage to homes.
In an older mobile home,we are especially susceptible to winter heat loss. Typically, the windows and flooring are the biggest heat losers. By winterizing your mobile home you can reduce the loss and save money. Here are a few tips to help you winterize your home and save money:
Check Electrical Sockets. Sockets are easy ways for heat to escape your home, especially if they are cracked. Take off the electrical plate and reseal the inside with caulk to make sure no heat is escaping to the outside.
Ceiling fans need to run clockwise in the winter to push warm air down.
Chimneys and Fireplaces
Chimneys and fireplaces, if not properly sealed, can allow cold air in and warm air out. You can help stop that leakage by putting in a new, rubber-sealed damper. If your fireplace does not have any kind of glass door or cover to seal it off, it would pay to invest in one.
If you have carpeting in the furnace compartment, consider removing it and replacing it with a fireproof material. Some furnaces in manufactured homes have a wire mesh in front to prevent storage on top of the furnace; if yours is missing it is suggested to replace it as a safety measure.
Furnace filters should be replaced regularly. If you use permanent filters you’ll want to clean them often with a brush or vacuum and soupy water.
Make sure the area around your furnace is clean. Remove out any debris in the furnace area and prevent small amounts of dirt, dust, or clothing from accumulating. Never use your furnace closet for storage or drying clothes.
Seal Doors and Windows
Check interior and exterior doors for wear and tear on the frame or seals. Look for signs of leaking around both the sill and threshold. Check that weather stripping and seals are intact. Vinyl Weatherseal is suggested to seal any leaks around the frame.
If you live in a colder climate, make sure your doors can handle the winter season. Consider investing in new doors.
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