Winterizing Your Mobile Home
As temperatures drop, we begin to raise the thermostat at home. Save yourself some money and make your mobile home energy efficient this winter by taking the necessary steps to winterize your mobile home.
There are quite a few things that you can do yourself to prepare your mobile home for winter. You can save some money by doing small tasks yourself and saving the bigger repairs and preparations for a professional. Always call a professional when dealing with gas lines or larger repairs. Here are a few small preventative repairs/ manufactured home winterizing tips you can do yourself:
Use caulk to seal drafty areas and potential leaks. A few places to caulk outside of your home to keep your mobile home sealed for winter would be your gutters, plumbing and furnace vent pipes, around door and window frames and around the dryer vent and TV wire entrances.
Weather-strip the exterior of your doors and windows. This is an easy and effective way to save on energy bills and to stay warm all winter long.
Make sure that your skirting is on tightly but still leaves enough room to allow ventilation. Once the winter weather hits, make sure to shovel snow and ice away from your skirting to prevent any denting or damage.
Heat Tape Pipes
Another thing to remember in the winter is the increased risk of pipes freezing, especially here in Michigan when it can get very cold, very fast. An easy way to prevent your pipes from freezing is using heat tape. Replace old heat tape and remember to never overlap heat tape, as it could cause a fire!
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