Friday, June 15th, 2018 by Holly Richards-Purpura
Summer is here and many homeowners are cranking up the air conditioning to keep cool. Some may worry that trying to stay comfortable on hot, sticky days could cost a pretty penny. But it doesn’t have to. It’s not too late to take important steps that will benefit your home’s energy efficiency and health, as well as your wallet.
If you have a vented crawl space under your house that is not properly sealed, you could be throwing money down the drain and allowing unhealthy conditions to thrive below your feet.
It’s not uncommon for homes to be constructed with vented crawl spaces, but this practice does more harm than good. Whatever is in your crawl space actually is in the rest of the home and affecting your living environment. That is because air moves throughout the home from the bottom to the top, which also is known as the “stack effect.” This also means that open vents allow the warm outside air into the crawl space. This puts a strain on your AC and causes it to work even harder to cool down the house, thus running up your energy bills.
Open vents might as well be flashing welcome signs because they invite bugs and other critters into your home. The crawl space also could potentially flood from rainwater seeping through the vents.
So how can you address these problems and create a healthier, energy-efficient home?
Step 1: Close Crawl Space Vents
We can conceal and close off the open vents by placing vent covers on the home’s exterior. These durable plastic covers are easy for our crews to install so no hot air, pests or water can enter the crawl space.
Step 2: Insulate the Crawl Space
Typical fiberglass insulation can easily fail and contribute to unhealthy, moldy conditions if it comes into contact with moisture and water. Our SilverGlo insulation panels are placed on the crawl space walls. These water-resistant panels are two inches thick, and are extremely cost effective and energy efficient. A similar product, TerraBlock, can be placed on the crawl space floor before encapsulation to insulate and cushion the floor.
Step 3: Properly Encapsulate the Crawl Space
Some crawl spaces already have plastic liner covering the dirt or gravel floors, but this material can easily trap moisture and lead to mold growth. We install a moisture and vapor barrier that is similar to swimming pool liner and has an anti-microbial coating. CleanSpace liner is used to completely seal the crawl space to isolate it from the earth.
Are you ready to reap the rewards of an energy-efficient home this summer? Contact us today for a free inspection and estimate.