Manufactured homes are known for their energy efficient features that make them a great alternative over site builds. In order to sustain these energy efficient features, the home must be properly weatherproofed, especially during times of summer and winter. Besides, keeping the homes weatherproof has numerous benefits such as ensuring comfort and in minimizing the wastage of energy, which will keep the energy bills down.
Weatherproofing works by preventing the exit and entry of hot and cold air in the home. Windows are the key components that determine the energy efficiency in small manufactured homes. Improperly installed windows can cause the exit and entry of air from the home that will affect the heating and cooling inside. Weatherproofing windows is one of the most effective ways to enhance the energy efficiency and comfort levels of the home. Below are some helpful guidelines for weatherproofing windows in your home.
Preparing the Windows
Preparation of the windows is highly necessary before carrying out weatherproofing. Thoroughly clean the windows on both the sides using a window cleaning solution and wipe it with a damp cloth. Then verify the frames to detect any possible rotting in the material and replace it of found any.
In the case of a cracked glass, it is important to replace them before commencing the weatherproofing work. Carry out these preparatory tasks in each of the windows inside the home. This can help you in saving huge amounts of costs later.
Installing weather-stripping is one of the primary steps to carry out when weatherproofing the windows. Purchase self-adhesive weather-stripping for easily installing them on the windows. The weather-stripping material is fitted around the window surface to prevent the passage of air between the interior and exterior of the home.
However, it should be noted that the windows could never be opened after weather-stripping is installed. Yet for homes with centralized heating and cooling systems, this is not usually a problem. Carry out the installation of weather-stripping in each of the windows in the home including the basement.
Fixing Weatherproofing Window Plastic
Fixing weatherproofing window plastic will also aid in effectively preventing the entry and exit of air in the home. It functions like an additional glass pane that will further prevent the drifting of air thereby ensuring good comforts to the inhabitants.
Purchase weatherproofing window plastic from a local hardware store and cut out a plastic piece that measures large than the window and fix it on the frame. Use a hair dryer to pump hot air between the plastic that will cause it to shrink and fit tightly on the window surface.