Green tips for mobile homes

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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.