Most older mobile homes aren’t energy efficient but they can be. We’ve gathered a few upgrades that will help reduce mobile home heating costs.
A mobile home can overheat in the summer and be too cool during the winter if it doesn’t have good insulation and sealing. If your home is like mine and was built in the 1970s, it could probably benefit from a few of the following projects:
Install Better Skirting to Reduce Mobile Home Heating Costs
One of the easiest, though not cheapest, methods to reduce mobile home heating costs, is to install better skirting. While it’s relatively simple advice, it’s also often overlooked.
Skirting improves the appearance of a mobile home while also preventing the cold air from blowing underneath. Restricting cold winds from entering and holding the heat from the vents keeps home from being too cold and since heat rises, it’s really the first defense against the cold weather.
Add Insulation to Your Mobile Home
Insulation is vital for keeping a home’s temperature stable in the summer and winter. Most older mobile homes tend to have weak or poor insulation so adding new insulation will reduce mobile home heating costs over the course of a lifetime.
There are a few different types of insulation: foam, fiberglass, denim, etc. A lot of mobile homeowners opt to add new insulation and exterior sheathing when they replace the siding on their mobile homes. Replacing older siding is a great update but it does cost a bit up front. There are ways to save money: DIY, buying bulk siding that is out of production are probably the two best ways.
Upgrade the Windows to Reduce Mobile Home Heating Costs
Windows are another feature that can often be overlooked, but having new windows will reduce mobile home heating costs. Old windows are thinner and less insulated, so replacing them is ideal to keep a home warmer during the cold winter months.
Replacing a window can be rather simple if you are comfortable with home improvement projects. It can be a good DIY project for those with a budget. You can install one window at a time as your budget allows.
New storm windows will help heat mobile homes during the winter and cool mobile homes during the summer.
Inspect Your HVAC System to Reduce Mobile Home Heating Costs
Another great way to reduce mobile home heating costs is to have the HVAC system serviced every year. Some companies offer service that includes a licensed professional examining the system two to four times each year. This way, you’ll know that your system is working properly.
Having a system that doesn’t work properly can cost a great deal of money. Air conditioners that leak Freon or heaters that do not heat properly can actually cost thousands of dollars over the course of a lifetime if the issue isn’t fixed accordingly.
Most mobile homes come with heat and central air, and while these machines can operate for years without issues, proper maintenance is required. Some companies like this one offer HVAC maintenance plans so you can have peace of mind and know that your unit is proactively being taken care of.
There are many ways to reduce mobile home heating costs but the projects above will have the biggest impact. While they may cost a bit upfront the lifetime savings and return on investment is great.
Have you updated your home recently with new siding, windows, or skirting? Have you noticed any savings on your energy bill? Tell us about it below!
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