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Green tips for mobile homes

Reduce energy use, formaldehyde exposure

Q: I have the following questions regarding inside repairs for an older mobile home: The ceiling strips on the mobile home are loose. Do they need to be sealed? Is wallpaper better than paint?How do I manage the harmful effects of the formaldehyde used in wood paneling in older mobile homes?Do you put cheesecloth over or under the forced-air heating vents? A: It sounds as if your mobile home needs a little tender loving care. We'll take the ceiling and heating vent questions first and leave the formaldehyde question for the end because it's a more complex answer. No need to cover the heating vents with cheesecloth, or anything else for that matter. The forced-air heater should have a filter where the return air enters the combustion chamber. Make sure to use a good-quality filter and change it regularly. For suggestions on the type of filter to use, contact a heating and air conditioning contractor. It's also a good idea to have the heater serviced annually. This will...

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