It can be a difficult process in providing just the right atmosphere in your mobile home. On some occasions, homeowners unintentionally set up the HVAC unit to be too cold in wintertime and too hot in summer. More often than not, they installed an incompatible unit for their mobile homes.
Establishing the correct temperature system for your movable home can pose no difficulty if you are aware of the different factors. You will be provided with essential details so that you can make an intelligent decision when purchasing an HVAC unit.
The Space Inside
You have to take into consideration the expanse within the confines of your movable home. You would also need to think about the largeness of the atmospheric system. Does your tiny home need a small indoor split A/C unit or a big air handler unit that will take up much of your living space?
If your preference is still a large heating and cooling system, you should be prepared that it will take up a lot of your walking-around area.
Another way to set it up is to put it underneath the home. It will save you some space, but it will difficult to maintain it. Another disadvantage is that (depending on where you stop and camp out) the creepy crawlers like snakes and other reptiles will likely find a home below it.
Issues about Climate
The atmosphere of your locality will play a huge part in choosing the type of HVAC unit for your home on wheels, and you should also consider its size. For example, if you live in the southern part of the United States, you would need lesser BTUs for heating purposes than living in cooler Pennsylvania.
Mobile home builders sometimes do not think about the ultimate destination of the home and its surrounding climate. For example, a mobile homemaker that lives in Tennessee will design the HVAC unit exclusively for Tennesseans only. A problem might arise if the home will be transported to North Dakota.
Before buying a mobile home or just installing a new HVAC system, you have to be sure that the manufacturer knows about your needs and where it might end up being stationed. It should be put together with the atmosphere in mind and can handle extremes in temperature.
The Process in Heating and Cooling Your Mobile Home
If your movable home has a pre-existing network of ducts, it will play a huge factor in the installation process of the heating and cooling system.
Homes That Already Have a Duct System
If your home has ductwork or not will be a crucial part of your decision-making process in picking the right heating and cooling system.
If your home on wheels already has a network of ducts, then the best way to handle it (and also save money) is to get either a packaged HVAC system or a split forced air. Installation would not cost as much because the ductwork is already present.
A split forced heating, and cooling system has a condenser for the outdoors and an air handler for the indoors. During wintry seasons, the air handler can work as a heating provider if a heat exchanger works along with it. Differently, it functions well with a condenser to use as a heat pump or air conditioner.
If you have a packaged system, it consists of a condenser, and an air handler merged into one bigger system that is set up outside the home. Most of the mobile homeowners have this type of packaged HVAC unit for the reason that they are compactly built and take less space in the house. Yet one disadvantage is that they will be exposed to nature, and some critters might make a home inside it.
If your small home on wheels is truly small, then this type of packaged units would not work well. If it is spacious, then the split system of A/C units can provide an all-encompassing climate easier maintenance.
Home That Does Not Have Duct Units
If your movable home does not have a duct system, it will cost you a lot of money to add it on, and it will make no sense whatsoever if you do that. The best way to handle that is to set up a ductless small split A/C system.
This type of climate system comprises of both units for indoors and outdoors. Yet the unit for indoors is tinier and can be hung on the walls, stuck on the ceiling, or mounted on the floor.
It is ideal for your home on wheels because of its simplicity in setting up and its effectiveness in cooling and heating.
Although costing less in installation, this type of unit is more expensive than the usual HVAC split system.
This type would also not provide sufficient heat in colder climates and might need another heat source.
In selecting the right climate system in your mobile house, you should think about the climate that you have in your area, the space inside, and whether or not you a network of ducts.