Tips for Cutting Energy Costs in a Manufactured Home
LESLIE: Pam in Michigan has a question about heating. How can we help you stay warm and toasty?
PAM: I have a manufactured home and it’s about 14 years old and I put it on some private property; you know, with a crawlspace and all. My question is this type of home has heating tubes – I don’t know if that’s the proper terminology for it or not but, to me, it resembles a flexible pipe; like a dryer vent pipe. OK? But it goes the whole length of the house and then it branches off to all the little floor registers.
PAM: And my question is would I save any money – would it be more efficient if I converted that over to regular ductwork?
TOM: No, not at all. You’re talking about flex duct and that’s actually very common, especially in a manufactured home. If you want to look for ways to save money, go back to basics here, Pam. Make sure you have at least 19 inches of fiberglass insulation in your attic space. Make sure you have insulation in the crawlspace, take a look at the weatherstripping; things like that. That’s going to be the best way to cut on energy costs. The duct system, as long as it’s properly installed, should be fine.
PAM: Oh, OK. Alright. Very good.
TOM: Alright, Pam. Good luck with that project.
PAM: Thank you. Bye now.
TOM: Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.