According to the Montana State University Extension “Energy Management for the Mobile Home” series, research has shown many effective conservation measures for mobile homes. These are
- Sealing air leaks and furnace ducts.
- Tune your furnace using a real HVAC professional.
- Blow insulation into your home’s belly.
- Installation windows and blow insulation below the roof.
It is hard to give standard suggestions on how to insulate a mobile home. There are a wide variety of mobile homes. They are all built from the bottom up, and the inside out which makes the approach to insulate them entirely different from conventional homes. The following tips can provide significant energy savings. They should be taken as a rule of thumb as the structure of your specific home needs to be inspected to verify what methods of insulation would work best.
1. Changing Your Mobile Home’s Roof Coating
A cool roof coating has the capacity of reducing your mobile home’s absorption of heat and cold from outside. A cool roof coating reflects about 85% of the sunlight. It reduces smog and saves your electric bill by cutting down unnecessary AC costs.
2. Add Mobile Home Roof Insulation
Adding roof insulation can save up to 16% of costs related to heating and cooling your mobile home. There are three methods used to add roof insulation to the existing cavity. These methods are:
- Drilling and tube blowing from the inside.
- Drilling and tube blowing from the top.
- Rolling back the roof and blowing into the now open cavity.
Instead of filling the existing cavity, the use of roof caps for insulating is preferable. Roof caps can insulate the roof of mobile homes without disturbing the existing roof.
3. Blocking Air Leaks
Blocking air leaks is an efficient way to ensure the insulation of mobile homes. To address the significant air leaks in mobile homes, many upgrades need to be implemented. Some of our favorites include:
- Plug all holes around the chimneys, vents, water pipes and heating system ductwork with insulation.
- Plug hidden air passageways in closets and cabinets with insulation.
- Keep the boards supporting the mobile home in good shape. Repair or replace them as they show wear or rot. Keep an eye on your skirting to make sure it is in good repair. The skirting is essential to prevent animals from getting into your home and tearing it up from below.
4. Changes in Some Basic Structure
There are many necessary procedures required to insulate your mobile home. Some of these procedures are listed below.
- Install plastic window kits as an added layer of insulation to block draft in the winter.
- Open your drapes and blinds during the winter to allow your home to warm from the radiant heat from the sun. Close curtains and shades at night.
- Replace incandescent bulbs with LED bulbs.
- Change furnace filters every three months at least.
- Turn appliances and electronics off or unplug them when they are not being used to avoid energy loss.
5. Mobile Home Windows are a Huge Issue for Energy Efficiency
One of the top three remodeling suggestions we give clients is to replace the inexpensive windows that manufacturers use in mobile homes. Install windows with better insulation to reduce radiant heat in the summer. A less expensive approach is to cover your windows with transparent plastic window sheets. This adds insulation, reduce drafts and cuts energy costs. You should remove the plastic covering from your windows for the summer.
Reduce Costs Associated With Energy Use
1. Save Energy in the Kitchen
Ways to reduce your kitchen’s use of energy:
- Move your frozen food to the fridge in advance of using it instead of using the microwave.
- Do not use your full-size oven when cooking small meals.
2. Use of Renewable Energy to Provide Electricity
Install solar panels to generate your electricity. This can provide a 40% savings on the costs of energy.
We highly recommend that you explore the opportunity for insulation related costs savings. Integrity Leveling can help you identify the best approach to maximize your efforts.