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Here’s links to some of our other blog posts about mobile homes:

  1. How do I find out how old a mobile home is and
    who manufactured it?

  2. How can I make my mobile home look more like a house?

  3. How much will I save on my utility bill if I get a new higher SEER air conditioner?

  4. What is the life expectancy of a mobile home?

  5. Does it make sense to remodel an older mobile home?

  6. What are the most common problems with older
    mobile homes?

  7. How can I tell the difference between a manufactured
    home and a modular home?

  8. How much does it cost to move a mobile home?

  9. What can I do to prevent dampness and mold in my mobile home?

  10. How can I tell if a mobile home is well constructed?

  11. What does the HUD tag look like and where do I find it on a mobile home?

  12. What is the plastic sheet called that covers the underside of a mobile home?

  13. Why is there such a big gap under the doors inside a mobile home?

  14. What are the warning signs of a dangerous deck?

  15. Does an addition to a mobile home have to comply with the HUD Code?

  16. What’s the difference between a manufactured and a mobile home?

  17. What is a Park Model mobile home?

  18. How can I remove water under my mobile home?

  19. Where do I find the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) on a mobile home?

  20. How much does a mobile home inspection cost?

  21. Can I install a mobile home myself?

  22. What is the stuff you paint on an old mobile home metal roof to extend its life?

  23. Can I paint the vinyl covered wallboard in a mobile home?

  24. What are the tie-down requirements for a mobile home?

  25. What’s the difference between a trailer, a mobile home, a manufactured home, and a modular home?

  26. How can I upgrade a wind zone 1 mobile home to wind zone 2?

  27. Can I put a zone 1 mobile home in Florida?

  28. Are house numbers required by law in front of a house?

  29. Can you move a mobile home that is 20 years old in Florida?

  30. What is a pit set mobile home?

  31. Why is it important that a mobile home stay level throughout its lifetime?

  32. Does a modular home have a serial number?

  33. What is the average lifespan of a wood deck?

  34. What is the life expectancy of a modular home?

  35. How do I upgrade my old mobile home to meet HUD standards?

  36. Why is my double-wide considered a HUD home?

  37. Can I tell the year of a manufactured/mobile home from the HUD tag (red tag)?

  38. What does a home inspector look for when examining a mobile home crawl space?

More blog posts about heating and air conditioning:

  1. The coils on my heat pump are covered with ice on cold mornings. What’s wrong with it?

  2. What is the SEER of my old air conditioner?

  3. What is the difference between the “ON” and “AUTO” settings on my thermostat?

  4. What is a “ton” of air conditioning?

  5. How do I find the right size air conditioner for my house?

  6. What is an HVAC system?

  7. What is the difference between the SEER and EER of an air conditioner?

  8. What does an ultraviolet air treatment system do?

  9. The coolant line to the outside unit of my air conditioner is frozen. What's wrong?

  10. What size air conditioner is right for my mobile home?

  11. What is the minimum SEER rating for a new air conditioner?

  12. What does the “AFUE” rating of a furnace mean?

  13. How much life is left in that air conditioner?

  14. Why is there mold around the air conditioning ducts?

  15. What is a geothermal heat pump?

  16. What is the difference between a heat pump and a cooling air conditioner?

  17. Is it alright to close the air conditioning vents in unused rooms?

  18. What is the right MERV number for my air conditioning filter?

  19. Should I move my air conditioner into the attic?

  20. What are the minimum requirements for bathroom ventilation?

  21. What is an air conditioning heat recovery system?

  22. When should I switch the thermostat to “EMERGENCY HEAT” for my heat pump air conditioner?

  23. What is the average lifespan of an air conditioner?

  24. Why does the air conditioner condensate drain line need a trap in it?

  25. When was the first double-wide mobile home manufactured?

  26. Is it acceptable for an air conditioning condensate drain line to terminate under the house?

  27. What is the purpose of the vent grille over the bedroom door?

  28. How energy efficient is a mobile home?

  29. What are the most common problems with wall/window air conditioners?

  30. What are the limitations on homesites where a mobile/manufactured home can be located?

  31. How can I make my mobile home more energy efficient?

  32. How much is a used mobile home worth?

  33. What are the common problems to look for when buying a mobile home that is older than 40 years?

  34. How many manufactured/mobile homes are there in the United States?

  35. How do HUD-code mobile/manufactured home standards compare to the IRC building code for site-built homes?

  36. What are the right words for the parts of a mobile/manufactured home?

  37. Can you do a mobile home inspection with no electric power or water?

  38. What is a manufactured home?

  39. Where do I find the VIN/serial number on a very old (pre-1976) mobile home?


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  1. 3)Ductless - Called a “mini-split” by contractors, these units utilize a single condenser and one to three air small air handlers that mount on the wall surface of each room served, protruding only a few inches from the wall and
    controlled by a handheld remote. They are very quiet and, because there is no duct installation, are easier to retrofit into an older mobile home with no existing ducts than a package or central system. But the units themselves are more costly.

  2. 4)Window - Also called “wall shakers,” and for a good reason, this is the easiest and cheapest way to cool a mobile home. But window air conditioners are not required to meet high energy efficiency standards like other types of systems that are permanently installed, so they are more expensive to operate. Also, most window units do not provide heat, they are significantly noisier than the other choices, and the lack of a permanently installed heating and cooling system devalues your home when it’s time to sell.
       But if you do decide to go with window units, be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions on the side of the larger 120-volt air conditioners—the ones that plug into a regular 3-slot wall outlet and are rated at 10,000 BTU or more. It will state “USE ON SINGLE OUTLET CIRCUIT ONLY,” meaning that the unit draws so much amperage that it needs its own separate wiring, receptacle, and circuit breaker in the electric panel. Running the air conditioner from a regular wall receptacle is unsafe and will overheat the wiring, tripping the circuit breaker whenever additional lights or appliances are used on the same circuit.

   Package, central, and ductless systems are available as heat pumps, which utilize a reversal of the flow of the refrigerant gas to absorb exterior heat and bring it into the home during cold weather—a big energy-saver compared to the electric resistance heat strips in window air conditioners. A combination of gas heat and electric air conditioning is another option available for package and central units.

   We are often asked which is the best brand of a/c system to buy and, of course, the more expensive lines like Lennox and Trane tend to get a better consumer ratings. But each HVAC contractor has their own preferred brand, and the quality of installation is equally important. A knowledgeable contractor will be able to give you the correct size unit, not too large or too small, well-sealed and able to deliver adequate conditioned air to each room. Your contractor can also help you make a informed, sensible choice between the different types of systems and manufacturers.

   See our blog “What size air conditioner is right for my mobile home?” for more information.

While we hope you find this series of articles about home inspection helpful, they should not be considered an alternative to an actual home inspection by a local inspector. Also, construction standards vary in different parts of the country and it is possible that important issues related to your area may not be covered here.
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