Manufactured homes come in all shapes and sizes from singlewides to doublewides and even triplewides. Sunlight, seasonal temperature changes and wind can all cause wear and tear on these homes. All mobile homes can benefit from energy efficiency measures – no matter the age.
Infiltration of excess outside air can be a major problem for manufactured homes. Specific problems include deteriorated weather stripping or air leaks where the center seem joins the home together. The best way to correct these problems is to caulk or seal these areas as well as all windows and doors.
When it comes to heating and cooling a mobile home, 70 in the winter and 76 in the summer are reasonable and comfortable temperature settings says Derek Chadwell, Supervisor, Energy & Marketing Services.
Programmable thermostats are also a good idea for people with set schedules who come home and leave at the same time each day.
“If you have a problem with your unit and need to replace it, go with a high efficiency unit – at least a 15 SEER. When replacing HVAC, go ahead and replace the duct work, if possible and make sure it matches the unit you are having installed,” said Chadwell. 85507001
Another thing mobile home owners can do to reduce energy usage is set water heater temperatures water heater temperatures to 115 degrees and check for water leaks. It is important to seal any openings or leaks you may find around plumbing fixtures since most plumbing is underneath the home.
If your manufactured home doesn’t have a skirt, adding one can also benefit you. Skirts insulate the floor from cold winter winds and can also protect your plumbing during a hard freeze. They can also help keep animals from damaging floor insulation or duct work underneath.
Planting trees for shading is beneficial for all types of homes, but especially manufactured homes. Positioning the right combination of plants and trees can yield shade, beautify, and unearth energy savings. Strategically planting trees and shrubs around your home is a tried and true way to save. Energy savings gained from shade trees depends on the location and orientation of both the trees and the house. Smart landscaping can generally shave about 25 percent off energy used for cooling and heating. A few simple landscaping considerations can make a big difference in your home’s comfort and in the efficiency of your heating and cooling systems.
“If you’re thinking of doing any upgrades to your manufactured or stick-built home, call us before you start. We will be able to assist you by making suggestions about other things you could do at the same time to help you save money,” said Chadwell.