Winterizing a mobile home is extremely important. Not only does it make your home more energy efficient but it can also make your home safer and prevent potential future damage. Additionally, a fully winterized, energy-efficient mobile home will sell for more than one that hasn’t received a proper winterizing treatment. So, if you’re considering listing your mobile homes for sale, it’s something you should consider doing. Here are some simple steps you can follow to winterize your mobile home—even on a tight budget.
Insulate the Roof
The most important part of winterizing a mobile home to insulate is the roof. As you likely know, hot air rises, so if you’re running your heater, all that hot air you’re pumping into your home is rising to the ceiling and, if the roof is uninsulated, escaping back out into the cold. Many mobile homes have poorly insulated roofs, so check yours to determine how much open space there is between the ceiling and the roof.
Then, close off any gaps you find in the ceiling, paying special attention to the areas near the furnace and water heater. You can close these gaps using either high-temperature caulk or metal shields. Finally, install insulation baffles in the roof for ventilation to maintain proper airflow, then add some insulation, being sure to keep it away from the flue.
There are three common methods for adding the insulation to a mobile home’s roof. The first is called an interior blow, which involves drilling holes into the ceiling to pump insulation into the gap between ceiling and roof. The second is an edge blow, which involves lifting the roof and pumping the insulation in from the side; this is extremely complex and is better left to a professional. The last is a ridge blow, which requires you to cut holes into the top of the roof and blow insulation down into the gap above the ceiling.
While this may sound daunting, it’s actually relatively simple to do yourself and surprisingly affordable. Even if you decide to hire a professional to do the job for you, it’s a relatively low-cost service compared to the savings you’ll get from it.
Insulate Your Plumbing
Insulating your plumbing is also extremely important, as it can prevent pipes from freezing and bursting in the winter. It’s also extremely easy and affordable to do. All you need to do is to purchase rubber or fiberglass insulation wraps for your pipes. Put them around any exposed pipes and tie them on using duct tape, acrylic, cable ties, or foil wrap.
Insulate Windows and Doors
While replacing your windows and doors with more energy-efficient models would be the ideal solution, that’s not in everybody’s budget. You can still make a big difference, however, by better insulating your existing windows and doors. Add window film to your windows and apply caulking to any gaps you find around your window frames. You can also purchase energy-efficient curtains that help keep out the cold when drawn closed.
Look for gaps around your doors too. If you can feel a breeze or see light coming through, then the cold is getting in as well. Replace the weatherstripping or add a breeze blocker to the bottom of the door.