While many modern mobile homes come equipped with some form of air conditioning system, not all of them do. If you have a mobile home that you plan to have a central AC system installed in, it is helpful if you know how the process can be different than what it would be in a traditional house.
All of the ductwork will have to be installed under the home.
Typically, ducts are installed in an indoor part of the home, such as up in the attic or down in the basement. However, when a central air conditioner is installed in a mobile home, the only logical place for the ducts to go will be under the home. The installer will likely remove a small section of the skirting around the base of the home to gain access. Since these ducts can be more exposed to the elements, the installer may use more solid ducts with corrosion-resistant finishes as well.
Accommodations may have to be made for the interior evaporator unit.
The average central AC system consists of two separate parts that each contain different components. The system is comprised of an exterior unit that houses the condenser coil, the main fan system, and the air conditioner compressor. The interior part of the system primarily contains the evaporator coil and filtration system. Many mobile homes have a smaller floor plan than the average house, and there may not be quite as many places available where the interior unit will fit. For example, a traditional home may have a basement, which is a logical spot for the interior half of the AC. In a mobile home, the air conditioner installer may have to make some accommodations for the interior unit, such as making a small closet inside one of the rooms to house the unit.
Electrical wiring will likely be run through the floor instead of the walls.
When a mobile home is built, any electrical components that go into the walls are often installed from the outside before the exterior siding is installed. Mobile homes tend to have thinner walls than an ordinary home, which can make it really hard to fit a lot of electrical wiring between the interior and exterior walls after the home is built. Therefore, during the installation process, the technician will likely install the majority of the electrical wiring through the floor and under your home.
To learn more, contact a company like Nick Dolinic Heating & Cooling.