Owning a manufactured home offers many benefits and customization options for the homeowner. Energy efficiency is one such thing that homeowners can implement in their homes. Replacing the incandescent light bulbs with CFLs or LEDs is one common way to minimize the energy usage. In addition to that, there are many other options in saving energy in your home.
In manufactured housing, the energy usage is commonly focused to four major areas. Moreover, when implementing any energy efficient practices, it is necessary that they remain largely focused on these areas of the home. Below are some of the tips for applying energy savings in your manufactured home.
The furnace is an important area that you need to consider first when employing energy saving practices into your home. It is an important part of a home and consumes a good amount of energy for its uses. Maintaining the furnace involves identifying the fuel burning efficiency of the furnace.
Fuel oil furnaces require thorough cleaning every year, while gas powered ones require cleaning and maintenance every two or three years. Replacing the older units with condensing furnaces is an excellent way to ensure the highest energy savings. When installing them, make sure that the ceiling gaps and cracks above the furnace are properly sealed.
Heating and Cooling System
Air conditioners and heaters that form the distribution system inside a home are major consumers of energy. One of the first things to check for here is that the air from these systems is delivered freely without any obstructions or leakage. Occasionally inspect the filters for dust accumulation and clean or replace them if necessary to enable good airflow in the systems.
Proper sealing of the holes and gapes in the ductwork is crucial to save the energy consumed. Inspect the ducts for any leaks or holes and seal them using high quality aluminum or butyl tape.
In the underside of the home, make sure the road barrier is intact to ensure proper heat retention. Focus more on the underside areas that houses the furnace and water.
Seal any duct leaks and insulate them properly before patching. Besides that, patch any holes using ½-inch foil faced foam boards and sling patches depending upon the size of the hole.
Sealing Air Leaks
Sealing all the holes around the furnace, sinks, and tub using spray foam, caulk, or sheetrock is crucial to prevent any air leaks. This ensures good heat retention and sufficient insulation in the interiors to minimize the energy consumed.