Mobile homes are a great option for many aspiring homeowners, mainly because they are more affordable than site-built homes.
When you buy a manufactured home, you have two options to consider, either you place it on private-owned land or in a mobile home community, where you pay a monthly lot rent.
The perks of a mobile home community can certainly be attractive to anyone looking to buy a home. Also, mobile home parks allow residents to improve on their social experiences, while being within a community.
Manufactured homes are energy-efficient and are equipped with amenities that make your lifestyle not much different compared to if you were in a traditional home. Unlike the mobile homes built before 1976, the modern manufactured homes are constructed under the HUD code.
What makes these homes different, compared to their predecessors, is that they are bigger and better, in all aspects. When it comes to weather, they are able to withstand the harshest of conditions.
How to Keep a Mobile Home Cool in the Summer
During winter, you were probably busy trying to keep warm at all costs. Now you need to consider how to cool down your manufactured home during the hot summer days. Here are the top five tips you can use to cool your home in the summer.
1. Avoid, or Limit, the Usage of Appliances During the Hottest Part of the Day
We understand that summer is the time families and friends get together to have fun. Lots of cooking will be going on as part of bonding time activities, however the increasing temperature inside the home will soon make the environment unbearable.
Instead of doing the cooking inside of the home, have a barbecue party outdoors. Find a nice spot outside and set up your grill. This will keep your home cool, while reducing the chances of the house heating up.
You are probably wondering why your home is so hot inside. It is simple, the cooking!
Generally, limiting the usage of appliances during the hottest part of the day, such as ovens, dishwashers, and clothes dryers, will go a long way in curbing the rising temperature.
2. Use a Cool Roof Coating to for Your Mobile Home in the Summer
Naturally, during summer the sun’s rays cause an increasing heat on the earth’s surface compared to other times of the year. Without regulating the heat within the home, it’s practically as hard to stay inside as it is to be outside.
Therefore, how do you adjust to the temperature changes, apart from using your air conditioning system?
Applying roof coating to your home might just be the hack you need to save your body from the receiving end of the increasing heat. There are many advantages to investing in any type of coating:
- It has a significant effect on the temperature of your manufactured home, even compared to very expensive cooling appliances.
- The best thing about the roof coating is that the effects are immediate, your home will feel cooler the same day after applying a coating.
- Furthermore, by using roof coating, you will improve the home’s longevity and water tightness.
Here are two types of roof coatings that will help to keep your home cool:
● Aluminized Asphalt Roof Coating
This is the most common type of roof coating. It sticks to everything and is easy to install over both asphalt and metal roofs. It reflects around 40-60 percent of sun rays, depending on the amount of dust that collects on the sticky surface.
● Elastomeric Roof Coating
When it comes to roof coating, elastomeric is a much better option. This type of coating can reflect anywhere between 70-85 percent of the sun’s rays. As a result, you can save 10 to 20 percent on air conditioning/electricity costs.
3. Install Heat Reflectors on Your Mobile Home Windows in the Summer
What you should know is that dull, dark-colored home exteriors absorb 70 to 90 percent of the radiant energy from the sun that strikes the home’s surfaces.
The absorbed energy is then transferred into your home by way of conduction, resulting in heat gain. In contrast, light-colored surfaces effectively reflect most of the heat away from your home.
Installing heat reflectors on your windows will block out the heat from the sun, thus dropping the temperature inside your manufactured home. The best part about window heat reflectors is that they can be installed in a matter of minutes.
4. You Should Decorate Your Mobile Home Windows with Fancy, but Useful, Heavier Curtains in the Summer
If you haven’t thought of installing heavier curtains in your mobile home, this should be the time to do just that. This will naturally shut the window blind when shines come through, and it will keep some heat from entering from the window.
The most common type of curtains used is blackout curtains. This type of curtain is made with either tightly woven, dense, or layered fabric. Heavier curtains can make a huge difference in the temperature in your home.
With the heat reflectors on your window, and heavier curtains added, the heat entering the house will largely be reduced, thereby keeping your mobile home cool.
If you ignore applying such hacks, you risk the cost of your energy bill being very high at the end of the month. When more sun rays enter the home, the thermostat picks up the heat in temperature. The central air conditioning turns on resulting in an increase in energy cost.
5. Add Portable Fans Inside Your Mobile Home
It’s a no-brainer that, during the summer, the atmosphere may get too dry for anyone’s comfort. If you are looking to stabilize the temperature in your home, buying a portable fan will largely help with providing cool air inside your home.
Even if your A/C system is working properly, adding portable fans around your mobile home will also make the environment much better, and can help keep your air conditioner from overworking.
Regardless of the size of your mobile home, or the climate, there’s undoubtedly a suitable cool air solution you can use.
These solutions range from easy and affordable DIY projects, to more complex and high-value systems. From using window heat reflectors to buying a portable fan, the goal of keeping you away from the hot temperature can be solved instantly.
While these DIY projects might be interesting to take part in, you should always keep in mind that the air conditioning system requires maintenance every once in a while, so it stays functional and efficient.
Do you want to save money? Well, making your home energy-efficient will go a long way in reducing your monthly bill. Who wouldn’t want that?!
Achieving cool air inside your home isn’t that hard, so we hope you find the best way to help you remain comfortable this summer.