Mobile and manufactured homes require a little extra TLC around the cold, wintery season. Mobile homes typically do not have a foundation, making them vulnerable to frozen and busted pipes as cold air travels underneath the home. But the air above the home can cause problems too. Keeping your mobile home winterized not only saves you money on your bills, it also keeps your family safe and warm! Keep reading to find out our top tips to winterize your mobile home this winter.
Caulk It Up
Ever heard the saying about the lucky penny? Well, it’s kind of like that, but with caulk. “See a gap, fill it up, all the winter your house will warm-up!”.
Basically, a small gap = a big problem. It’s important to take note of even the smallest gaps in your mobile home, as they will lead to much bigger issues down the road for your heating system.
When you are searching for gaps, it’s especially important to check windows, doors, external vents, corners, seams, and the roof for gaps. Be sure to remove any old caulk before you apply more to create a trustworthy, winter-proof seal. If your windows are old and generally do not work well to keep the air out, you can try weather stripping to keep the warm air in, and the cold air out.
You’ll want to call a professional for this one! You should have your furnace inspected regularly for loose parts and worn lines. Trust us, as Indianapolis’ Mobile and Manufactured HVAC specialists, we know firsthand this is not something you want to deal with in the middle of a freezing winter day in Indiana! At General Supply Inc, we can service, repair, and replace your HVAC system before the cold season begins.
Winterize Your Roof
If you have a metal roof, the edges, seams, and expansion joints need to be checked and sealed every year. You might also consider a reflective roof coating to capture and retain heat so your HVAC system doesn’t have to work quite as hard. Reflective roof coating is also great at melting snow at a much faster pace than average. Don’t forget to repair any dents, cracks, or breaks you might see on your roof.
Check The Insulation
Unfortunately, not all mobile homes are built with great insulation. While filling every single wall with insulation might be too large of a task to take on, you can start with the bedroom walls. Don’t forget to insulate your floors too! In the cold Indiana winter, rugs are a great way to keep the heat in.
While thinking about insulation, consider purchasing foam pipe insulation and heat tape to wrap around your pipes to keep them from freezing or bursting.
When you prepare for the winter season in your mobile or manufactured home, you are sure to stay warm all winter long. Whether you have questions about how to keep your mobile home warm, or you need to call and chat with our HVAC specialists about furnace issues, Generally Supply Inc is here for you!