High power bills can be a challenge for many mobile home owners. This is especially obvious in the summer, when sweltering heat can cause home energy bills to sky rocket.
It’s not only a financial problem – no one likes a hot house. It’s just not comfortable. So if keeping your mobile home cool is a priority, here’s 8 tips you can use to keep your house cool and your bills low.
1. Buy an ENERGY STAR® Certified home
The first step is purchasing an energy efficient home! Mobile Home techniques have a come a long way in the past few years, and most of today’s new homes are incredibly energy efficient. Purchasing an energy star manufactured home is a great first step to ensure that you never have to deal with high energy bills again.
2. Upgrade your home’s insulation
Insulation isn’t just for keeping your home warm in the winter. It’s also critical for keeping your home cool in the summer because the cool air in your home can’t escape.
Upgrading insulation in your home is a great way to keep your mobile home cool. The best place is in the belly of the home, as cool air tends to ‘fall out’ the bottom of the home in the hotter months.
3. Add some shade
For a quick, low cost fix, add shades, drapes or other window coverings to your windows to keep your home cool in the summer. Shades block sunlight, which helps keep the interior cool. Shades are available in a wide variety of styles and colors to match the decor of your mobile home.
4. Use a split AC system to cool your home more economically.
Ductless split AC systems are a popular option for mobile home cooling. These quiet and energy-efficient AC units can be placed throughout your home for efficient cooling without the installation of ductwork, and they offer many advantages to the homeowner.
Split AC systems make it possible to separate your home into cooling zones with different temperatures, and they often consume less energy than central AC units. In addition, split AC systems are less expensive than some other types of AC systems and can typically be installed very quickly by a professional.
5. Use fans inside your home to keep air circulating.
Ceiling fans, box fans, and oscillating fans can all help regulate your home’s temperature. By circulating air more efficiently throughout your home, fans help keep the temperature consistent and can help out your AC system by lowering the temperature inside your home.
Fans also help prevent rooms from feeling stuffy or stifling during hot weather. If your home’s air circulation could use some improvement, try adding one or more fans for an inexpensive fix.
6. Keep your home dry
High humidity can make your home feel hot and unpleasant, particularly if you live in a humid climate such as south Texas. A dehumidifier inside your mobile home will remove humidity from the air, help your AC unit, and make your home a more comfortable. Humidifiers come attached to the central HVAC unit, or you can purchase a stand alone dehumidifiers.
7. Add some awnings to the exterior
Installing a few awnings over your windows and doors provides shade that keeps your home cooler. By blocking the sunlight from hitting your home, awnings help maintain a cooler temperature. Mobile home awnings are relatively inexpensive, and most come with detailed instructions for DIY installation.
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