Wednesday, January 10th by Elizabeth Rule
This is how cold air can enter a crawl space and affect your home's temperature.
A home built on a crawl space foundation is the perfect solution if you want to keep your home off of the ground to prevent water pile up in a moist climate or humid season. However, if your crawl space is not properly sealed, encapsulated, or ventilated chances are high that your empty crawl space will create a dark, damp and humid environment, perfect for mold and fungi growth. Once they start growing, mold and mildew spores get into vents and between cracks in floorboards, letting allergens and worse into your living spaces.
If your crawl space is not sealed you are letting the outdoor air into your space, thus creating an uncontrolled environment in your home that will affect the rest of the home's air quality and temperature. Many homeowners are unaware of how their crawl space is affecting the rest of their home, and how maintaining a conditioned crawl space can reduce your energy bill as well as improve indoor air quality.
Properly insulating your crawl space is one of the number one ways to improve your home energy efficiency, indoor air quality and help lower your energy bill, especially in the cold winter months.
Here are five ways to improve your crawl space and make sure that it is helping insulate your home and not constantly losing heat:
A crew member installs a piece of ridge foam insulation in a crawl space.
No matter what kind of crawl space you have, insulating and sealing it will only help improve the comfort and efficiency of your entire home. A crawl space is meant to be a dry, usable space that adds value to your home, not a space for mold, mildew, and pests to live and create havoc.
These crawl space waterproofing and insulation solutions will save you time, money, and a lot of future hassle. DIY crawl space encapsulations are timely and hard to do alone. A professional crew can do it in a fraction of the time and give you the peace of mind that the job is done right the first time. Let your local Dr. Energy Saver dealer come show you just how much a dry, insulated crawl space can benefit you this winter.