Nobody likes a chilly house, especially during winter. When you can see your breath in your living room, and it feels like it’s just as cold (if not colder) inside as it is outside, it can be just as frustrating as it is uncomfortable. So what can be done about it? You could winterize your mobile or manufactured home, but we put together some other tips for keeping your house warm in the winter.
This is probably the most common way to heat your mobile or manufactured home. Using either electricity or natural gas/fuel oil, your furnace generates heat into the air, which is distributed through your home via ductwork. This can be made more energy efficient by utilizing a timer or automation system to prevent the unit from running nonstop even when the home is sufficiently warm.
A popular alternative to a furnace is a heat pump, which could prove to be even more efficient (and provide budget-friendly energy savings). Rather than generating heat, a heat pump system operates by moving the heat in the air. The most efficient version of this is a geothermal heat pump, which uses heat from the ground rather than the outside air, though air-to-air and water-source heat pumps are also well-equipped to keep your home warm through the bitter cold months.
While perhaps not as efficient as a furnace or heat pump, a window unit can be quite useful if you’re only needing to heat a specific area. However, due to not being connected to any ducts, they are not the most efficient way to heat your entire home. That being said, they are fairly simple to install and are often more cost-efficient if you only need to heat a specific area.
While both of these carry risks due to being fire hazards, they can work perfectly as either a primary or secondary heat source. In the case of a small wood stove, this can also double as a way to cook food, killing two birds with one stone. Not only that but what’s more relaxing than spending a cold winter day in front of a cozy fire? Fireplace inserts are an excellent alternative for manufactured homes that don’t already have a fireplace or if you want that cozy warmth in additional rooms.
However, it is important to note that some insurance policies will not cover damages caused by wood stoves, especially if it was not installed by a licensed professional. So, before you choose to go this route, make sure to speak to your insurance agent to avoid any issues down the road.
At 21st Insurance Agency, we’re committed to helping you find manufactured home insurance that won’t leave you out in the cold.
Contact our team at 844-343-9408 or contact us online today to get started.
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