Keeping a comfortable temperature in your mobile home during the sweltering summer does not only entail the use of AC on full blast. With proper insulation, ventilation, and simple design changes, it is possible to stay cool without raising your electricity bill.
The list below explains some mobile home summer tips that will ensure a comfortable temperature despite the sun’s sweltering heat.
Paint your roof white.
On a hot summer day, a dark roof could be as high as 100 degrees warmer than the surrounding air temperature, whereas a white roof is only 20 degrees warmer than the air temperature, allowing you to decrease your cooling cost.
Unlike a dark exterior that absorbs heat, a white surface reflects up to 90% of the sunlight. As a result, some cities such as Chicago and Los Angeles, which are experiencing “urban heating, ” encourage businesses and homeowners to use lighter paints that can lower the maximum temperatures by 2-3 degrees celsius on average.
Have your windows upgraded.
Caulking and sealing your windows during winter can prevent air leakage, while in summer it can reduce your cooling cost by preventing the cold air from escaping. To further ensure a comfortable temperature inside your home, use low-E film to coat your windows and block the UV rays.
This plastic film, which sticks to the insides of your window, reflects 70-80% of the solar heat gain in the summer, leading to a more comfortable home environment.
Add insulation to your mobile home.
When it comes to making your home energy-efficient, there is one sacrosanct rule: insulation.
In the summer, insulation blocks heat from entering your home, while in winter it prevents heat from leaving your house.
While insulating the ceiling, attic, roof, floor, and wall is generally done by a professional, you can also do your part to maintain a comfortable temperature as a homeowner.
- Use thick curtains to your windows.
- Attach a door sweep at the bottom of your exterior doors.
- Plug chimney when not in use.
- Lower your blinds and close shutters to limit the greenhouse effect.
Have a regular HVAC tune-up.
Furnace and air conditioning units that are clean and are working properly use significantly less energy than HVACs that are dirty and neglected. Also, make sure that you regularly replace or clean the AC filters (the general recommendation is every 4-6 weeks) to preserve the lifespan and efficiency of your unit.
Ensure proper AC size.
When you purchase a new AC, make sure that it is the right size for the room. If it is too big, you waste a ton of energy, and if it is too small, it is forced to work on full blast, which could affect its efficiency and lifespan.
To further ensure that you keep your energy consumption low, choose an inverter AC which uses energy-saving technology by efficiently controlling motor speed.
Let cool air in.
At night, open the window to let the cool air circulate around the house. You can also use a ceiling fan to reduce the humidity that gathers due to condensation in the daytime.
Avoid using heat-generating appliances during the day.
If possible, use dryer, oven, clothes iron, and other heat-generating appliances only at night, so your AC will not work extra hard.
Also, ensure that you put electrical appliances in the shade; this is particularly true for freezers and refrigerators because they are prone to overheating.
Switch to energy-efficient appliances.
Energy-efficient appliances can help you reduce your energy bills by up to 15% and ensure a comfortable home temperature since they don’t generate a lot of heat.
Switch to LED bulbs.
Unlike halogen and incandescent light bulbs that emit a lot of heat, LEDs are cool to the touch. They are also more energy-efficient, a safer light source, and can last significantly longer than other light bulbs.
Create shading around your house.
Studies have shown that shading through landscape and structures (e.g., pergola and blinds) can reduce cooling costs by up to 40%. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to spend a fortune to take advantage of this simple but effective technique.
Trees, shrubs, and vines can provide shade to your home and ultimately reduce your energy bill. You may also use them to provide shade to your air conditioning unit, provided that they don’t block the airflow.
To be most effective, the trees, trellises, and shrubs should be located on the south and west sides of your home. In contrast, avoid rock features and paved areas on these sides because they radiate heat and ultimately increase the temperature in your home.