Beat the Heat: Tips for Purchasing and Installing an Air Conditioner in Your Manufactured Home

window air conditioner for mobile home

Manufactured homes are a fantastic choice for many reasons: they’re affordable, versatile, and can be easily customized to suit your needs. One of the great advantages is that installing an air conditioner is straightforward, making it easy to keep your living space cool and comfortable during the summer months. 

Whether you own your manufactured home, rent your home, or are considering a move to a new home or apartment, here are some tips to help you choose the right size and type of air conditioner for your mobile home and ensure a smooth installation.


Determine Your Cooling Needs

The first step in selecting an air conditioner for your mobile home is to assess your cooling requirements. Manufactured homes come in various sizes, so it’s important to measure the square footage of the area you want to cool. This measurement will help you determine the appropriate cooling capacity, measured in BTUs (British Thermal Units). Generally, you need about 20 BTU per square foot of living space. For example, a 980 square foot mobile home would start at 20 BTU x 980 sq ft = 19,600 BTU


Choose the Right Type of Air Conditioner

Manufactured homes are compatible with various types of air conditioners. Here’s a breakdown of the most suitable options:

  • Window air conditioner units are an excellent choice for mobile homes due to their affordability and ease of installation. These units are perfect for cooling single rooms or small areas. Make sure to measure your window dimensions to ensure a proper fit.
  • Portable units offer great flexibility as they can be moved from room to room. They require a window for venting hot air outside but are otherwise straightforward to set up. Choose a unit with the right BTU rating for the space you want to cool.
  • If you’re looking for a more permanent and efficient solution, ductless mini-split systems are ideal. These systems consist of an outdoor compressor and one or more indoor air-handling units, connected by a conduit. They provide excellent cooling for multiple rooms and are relatively easy to install compared to central systems. 
  • For larger mobile homes with existing ductwork, central air conditioning is a great option. While it’s more expensive and typically requires professional installation, it offers consistent cooling throughout your home.


Focus on Energy Efficiency

Choosing an energy-efficient air conditioner can save you money on utility bills. Look for units with high Energy Efficiency Ratio (EER) or Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) ratings. Higher ratings mean the unit uses electricity more efficiently. Additionally, consider air conditioners with the ENERGY STAR label, which indicates they meet stringent energy efficiency guidelines.


Installation Tips

For ductless mini-split and central air conditioning systems, professional installation is recommended to ensure the unit operates efficiently and has a long lifespan.

Window and portable units can be installed by most homeowners. 

Here’s how:

  • Window Units: Measure the window opening, install the mounting brackets, and place the unit securely in the window. Seal any gaps to prevent air leaks.
  • Portable Units: Position the unit near a window and attach the venting hose to the window kit. Ensure the hose is properly sealed to avoid warm air re-entering the room.

Additional Tips

  • Maintaining your air conditioner is crucial for optimal performance. Clean or replace filters monthly, check the unit for debris, and keep the area around the outdoor unit (for split and central systems) clear. Annual professional maintenance can help identify and fix potential issues early.
  • Insulate: Proper insulation prevents cool air from escaping and keeps warm air out.
  • Window Treatments: Use blinds or curtains to block out the sun during the hottest part of the day.
  • Ceiling Fans: Use ceiling fans to circulate cool air more effectively.


With these tips, you can ensure your manufactured home stays cool and comfortable all summer long. By choosing the right size and type of air conditioner and following proper installation and maintenance procedures, you’ll beat the summer heat with ease and enjoy a refreshing indoor environment.

If you are looking for a new home to purchase, home to rent or apartment to rent,
reach out to us at Lasso Communities! We have several manufactured homes to rent or purchase in several states, including Alabama, North Carolina, Kentucky, Louisiana and Indiana. Let us help you find your new home or apartment today!