As the cold sets in you probably want to know how to keep your home warm this winter without racking up a huge utility bill. Fortunately, there are plenty of Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) tips for winter that range from routine maintenance tips, to tips for specific kinds of winter weather.
Use these tips to prepare your home so you can stay in this winter, watch movies with the family, sleep comfortably and worry less about utility bills. No matter what sort of mobile home HVAC tips you are looking for, these tips we have come up with can help you prepare your HVAC system for winter.
HVAC Tips for Beginners
If you’re a new homeowner, you may need to learn the basics of caring for your HVAC before you move on to any other maintenance.
- We recommend inspecting the crossover ducts of your HVAC system twice a year for any holes, leaks or damages caused by animals. These can be found underneath your home. If you find any issues with your ducts, contact a professional to inspect and resolve the duct problems.
Moisture resistant vapor barrier under a manufactured home
- You should also check for moisture inside the outer protective wrapper that is found underneath your home. If you find a hole or tear in your protective wrapper, you can repair the small hole or tear with a heavy-duty moisture resistant tape (sometimes called bottom board tape), a spray adhesive and a piece of underbelly wrap. Ask your local hardware store for help finding the correct materials. If you find larger issues, contact a professional to handle the repair or identify the source of moisture under your home.
- Do not block the furnace combustion air intake opening on the outside of the home or the flue opening on the roof.
- Do not block any return air grills at the furnace compartment or throughout your home.
Furnace closet compartment in a mobile home
- Do not block supply registers. Supply registers may be “dampered” as needed to control and regulate air flow, but they should never be fully closed or blocked.
- Do not operate a humidity device on your furnace.
- Change air filters regularly. Once a month is a good schedule for filter cleaning or changing.
HVAC Energy Saving Tips
During the winter, you will want to keep your home warm while also remaining as energy efficient as possible so that you can save money. Make smart choices this winter to save energy and money at home.
- Avoid overcrowding closets as this can hinder proper ventilation in the home.
- Take advantage of the sunshine during the winter and open your blinds to utilize the natural solar heat.
- Keep furnace, air conditioner filters, grills and blowers clean so that your home will heat properly without any trouble.
- Tune your HVAC equipment on a yearly schedule by having a contractor perform a HVAC maintenance check-up on your system.2
- Install a programmable thermostat so that you can control the temperature of your home precisely.
- Seal heating and cooling ducts to improve the heating efficiency of your home. Sealing ducts in places like the crawlspace can help improve heating efficiency by about 20% or more!2
Get Your Furnace Ready for Winter
In the late fall, if you are preparing for winter, these tips to get your furnace ready are particularly helpful HVAC winter tips. Follow these tips all year to keep your furnace up and running all winter long.1
- First, you should turn up your thermostat a couple of degrees to get your home ready to keep the temperature at a warmer level.
- Change the air filters to keep particles out of your HVAC system and to heat your home efficiently.
- Cover the AC condenser.
- Clean the heat exchanger.
- If you have a fuel oil furnace system, wrap exposed fuel lines with insulating material. Occasionally, water may condense in fuel tanks and collect in fuel lines. If this water freezes, fuel delivery to the heating system and other appliances may be interrupted. If this happens, contact a professional as soon as possible to repair your fuel oil furnace system.
HVAC Snow Tips
If you live in a climate where snow is a regular winter occurrence, you will want to take some measures to protect your HVAC system from snow.
- Be prepared to change air filters more often during colder seasons. Your HVAC system will be running more often to keep your home warm, which means the air filters may fill with particles more quickly. Keep extra filters handy so you can change them as needed.
- If your home uses a gas furnace, be sure that the exhaust and intake pipes are protected from snow accumulation. Snow can cause the pipes to freeze and your system to shut down. Check your gas pipes regularly, and if you notice any freezing, you may want to contact a professional.3
Following these maintenance tips for HVAC systems is important to keep your home warm and you and your family comfortable. You should also check with your Clayton Homeowner’s Manual as well as the manufacturer’s manual for your HVAC system for other tips to help you all year long.
1. "8 Tips to Get Your Furnace Ready for Winter," Sears Home Services, accessed December 28, 2017, https://www.searshomeservices.com/blog/8-tips-to-get-your-furnace-ready-for-winter .
2. "Heat & Cool Efficiently," ENERGY STAR.GOV, accessed December 28, 2017, https://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=heat_cool.pr_hvac .
3. "Frozen Pipes." American Red Cross. Accessed January 10, 2018, http://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/winter-storm/frozen-pipes.
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