Many factors contribute to the decline of efficiency in the heating and cooling of mobile homes. Especially in homes situated in windy areas, the air can enter the homes through the windows, doors, and insulation. This can significantly decrease the performance of the heating and cooling systems thereby increasing the energy costs.
Wind proofing is the preferred method for fully preventing the entry of air into the home. In small mobile homes, a proper windproof measure can make considerable changes in the interior temperatures of the home. Below are some effective methods to windproof mobile homes.
Door and Windows
Doors and windows in a home act as the main entry points of air for homes located in areas having frequent winds. Most of the older mobile homes may not have an airtight door or windows as well as insulation. So it is better to replace them by opting for thicker paned models and insulated doors. Using foam insulation around the perimeter of the windows and doors is also a viable alternative.
While doing so, consider using foam insulation on the outer portions of the homes as well. Unfasten the trim fixed around the windows and doors and apply a thick layer of the insulation in it. This will fill in any cracks and consider replacing the trim pieces.
Affixing weather-stripping to the doors is another way to windproof your home. Check for if there is any wind drafting in the upper and lower portions of the door using the hands. Add weather-stripping to the upper and lower portions if there is any slight draft of the wind from the outside. Remove the old weather-stripping using a scraper and apply a new one for effectively insulating the door.
Landscaping is a highly effective way to windproof your mobile home. The entry of winds into the home is the result of open grounds around the house. You can consider a good landscaping carried out by planting rows of shrubs that have different heights. Having trees lined up in a row on the front and sides of the home will also aid in deflecting the wind from reaching your home thereby offering protection from winds.
Covering Vents and Replacing Siding
Covering all the crucial vents in the home such as crawlspace, attic and dryer vents will help to windproof your home effectively. Most people consider using vent covers with opening and closing features for preventing the entry of wind. Moreover, replacing any older siding with newer ones such as vinyl will further reinforce your home in preventing the entry of winds.