Air conditioning is no longer considered a luxury in US homes, but instead, it is more of a ‘must-have.’
This can be seen in the fact that standard homes, mobile homes, cabins, and shacks all have some type of HVAC system, regardless of location and climate.
Because air conditioning has become so commonplace, AC for mobile homes is a hot topic. It isn’t really functional to install the same, standard air conditioner in a mobile home as it is a standard home–so what choices do you have?
We’re going to take a quick look at a couple options that work well for mobile homes and why that is so. Keep reading for more information!
Ductless Mini-Split Systems
These systems are great whether you live in a mobile or standard home! They offer energy savings and the ability to have cool air regardless of ductwork.
Ductless mini-split systems have two main parts: the split, which is located inside and the outside compressor. Compressors can operate as many as 4 mini-splits, but it is unlikely that you will need that number to cool your mobile home.
Basically, these systems work similarly to a standard air conditioner in that warm air is blown over the refrigerant-filled coils. The liquid refrigerant absorbs the heat, from the air and a fan blows the newly cooled air into the room.
The more heat that is absorbed by the liquid, the more it expands, eventually becoming a gas.
The mini-split and compressor are connected by a conduit which allows the refrigerant to travel from one to the other. Once the refrigerant leaves the split and arrives in the compressor, the gas is compressed back into a liquid and heat is released.
This is a continuous cycle, always allowing for great cooling power and zone control!
Package units are a popular form of air conditioning for mobile homes because they are compact and require very little space. These systems are easy to install and allow for both heating and cooling to work from one unit.
Similarly to the ductless mini-split system, cold air is blown over evaporator coils with refrigerant in them. This air is cooled and blown throughout the house by the air handler.
As the refrigerant is turned into a gas, it is sent to the compressor (all in the same unit) and condensed back into liquid.
Choosing the Right AC for Mobile Homes
Although there are several options when it comes to AC for mobile homes, these two systems are typically the most efficient both in space and energy.
Each of these units will allow you to use it as an air conditioner as well as a heater. However, it is ideal that you speak with a professional before making your decision based on dual-capabilities alone.
If you’d like to know more about home heating options, take a minute to read through our blog!