"The mobile home has excellent features to its name. Just like a permanent house, mobile homes need air conditioning too."

How to Install Air Conditioning Unit in a Mobile Home

The mobile home has excellent features to its name. The convenience of its affordability, being easy to access, and also its physical look is attractive. Just like a permanent house, mobile homes need air conditioning too. The excess summer heat and cold in the winter can be quite uncomfortable. However, with a reliable air conditioner system, you are sorted.

Identify the Type You Need

There are several air conditioning systems in the market. For instance, you can choose the window air conditioner system, which is affordable and has an easy installation procedure. On the other hand, it isn’t quiet and may result in high utility bills.

Alternatively, you can also opt for the package air conditioning system, which has the essential heating and cooling features in a box structure. For this unit to work, you should have the pre-installed framework in place. A central air conditioning system is also a viable option, especially if you have enough space in your mobile home to accommodate the unit. Plus, it also offers the convenience of lower utility bills with energy efficiency. 

A split system is also a viable option with the coil separating the evaporator from the inside and, on the other hand, the condenser on the outside. The furnace heats your mobile home while the ducts transfer cold air via the vents. A mini-split has a close resemblance in function to the split into but varies in dimensions. 

Additionally, the mechanism is different too. A mini-split has the coil lining on its walls to the compressor and even the condenser. You may require up to three units for your mobile home. On the other hand, an evaporative cooler is relatively affordable and is easy to install and maintain. When water evaporates, it creates a cooling effect on the surrounding air. 

The Installation

You have successfully identified the air conditioning system. After that, working with a professional to install the unit is advisable. 

Step 1: Switch off Electricity

Remember, you are not in the best position to know when you are doing it right or wrong. The technician will first ensure the electricity at the mainline is off. 

Step 2: Turn Off Furnace

With a furnace, the unit will move the air along the ducts. Thus, your technician will also switch off the furnace and expert recommendation of home gas and place it separately from the plenum. However, after installation, you must always ensure you don’t block the vents, restricting airflow. 

Step 3: The Assembly

Depending on the unit you have, your technician will assemble all parts. 

It may include the drip pans, which can be mounted. After that, the air handler should go above the plenum. Ensure all bolts are in place, and the ducts are properly sealed. The furnace should always go over the air handler at all times. 

Additionally, your technician will also hold in place the more oversized tube for connection between the condenser and the evaporator coil. Most importantly, the blower fan should link to the furnace control. The drip line should also connect to the drip pan for the liquid flow outside. Your HVAC technician will also ensure the unit’s filters are in place. Plus, the cabinet and filter racks should also be firm before closing the cover of the cabinet.

The cooling ducts of the different air conditioning systems will have different placements. Therefore, your technician can adequately identify the designated location to install the vents. For instance, the cooling duct’s site can follow the focal line of your mobile home. Another option lies in installing the cooling duct outside the unit’s walls, a preference for the colder regions. On the other hand, the cooling duct can also function effectively in your mobile home ceiling walls, which is a useful feature for areas with high temperatures. Therefore, prior knowledge will help in the correct installation.

Considerations

For the best suitable air conditioning system for your home, you must carefully consider some essential factors. For instance, think of your residence area. What works for a hotter environment may not work effectively in a cool location. Both environments operate on two extremes and thus have different needs. You should also consider the type of mobile housing unit you have. Space is a predominant feature.

The cost of the air conditioning system is also critical. Settle for one to conveniently afford and address your heating and cooling needs in the best way possible. More often than not, however, you may incorporate different air conditioning systems to regulate the temperature, humidity, and airflow in and out of your mobile home.

Sometimes, you may opt to practice your do-it-yourself skills and do the installation by yourself. However, if you want to have ease of mind after installation, seek a qualified HVAC technician’s services. A professional has the know-how and the skills to handle different air conditioning systems.

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Stephanie McQueen
Stephanie McQueen
Stephanie is the content curator and resource hoarder of all things tiny houses. She believes everyone can live a sustainable lifestyle, no matter the size of your house. Connect with Stephanie through LinkedIn or her done-for-you branding agency, Employed By Life Online.
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