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:

Outlets

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 

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.

 

Furnace Closets

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 Maintenance

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.

As always thanks for reading Mobile Home Living!

3 Comments
  1. Rebecca Smith says

    It’s ok if you call me the spelling nazi but please fix the typo “soupy water” under the header of Furnace Maintenance. :p

    1. Crystal Adkins says

      Thanks for the heads up! I’m afraid the grammar nazi in you is going to have a rough time if you continue reading this blog. I know a whole lot about mobile homes but nothing about grammar. I have learned a lot in the last few years, though.

      Thank you!

  2. Robynne Catheron says

    Hi Crystal!
    These tips (and Part 1) are excellent, especially for a new mobile home owner like me. I’ve never dealt with skirting or tie-down straps, so I really appreciated the recommendations. They make sense! One suggestion that doesn’t make sense, though, is the direction of the ceiling fan. Whether you live in a stick-built house or a mobile home, it’s the same logic: you don’t want to push the warm air down, because it will immediately rise straight back up. The opposite is actually more logical: it’s best to draw the warm air up to the fan so it will travel outward across the ceiling toward the walls, then down the walls to the floor, where it will flow across the floor and be drawn back up.

    I do have a question about skirting. You recommended keeping the area around it free of snow in order to not damage it, and also to avoid blocking the vents necessary for the furnace. That’s very smart, and I wouldn’t have thought of it. I live in the snowbelt in upstate New York, where it’s common to have upwards of two or three feet of snow on the ground for the entire winter. Do you recommend keeping landscaping away from the skirting? The previous owner had built 12″ high raised flower beds all along the length of the home, and I’d love to tear them out. Over time the wood has fallen against the skirting and pushed it in, and it looks terrible. Luckily, the foliage covers that. I really don’t want lawn right up to the edge of the home, nor do I want a concrete walkway. I’m not wealthy enough for a full-length deck. I don’t know what to do; mulch? Gravel? Can you help? Maybe some of your readers can also offer suggestions on how to make that three-foot span more attractive?

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