More than 27 million homes have crawl spaces across the United States. That number is growing each year as between 15% and 20% of new homes that are constructed have crawl spaces inside.
When it comes to properly maintaining your home’s crawl spaces, there are two essential things you need to focus on: crawl space insulation and crawl space encapsulation.
Crawl Space Insulation
Insulation in your home is essential for all kinds of reasons. Without proper insulation, not only will you and your family be uncomfortable as the temperature changes, you’ll end up with extremely costly energy expenses. Insulating your basement’s crawl spaces are even more important in order to make your entire home more efficient.
If your home’s crawl spaces aren’t ventilated, you need to make sure that the walls of the crawl space are properly insulated in order to eliminate the need to do more with your home’s pipes and ducts. It’s best to consider working with insulation professionals — especially for crawl space installation projects.
Crawl Space Encapsulation
Encapsulating your crawl space is somewhat similar to insulating, but much different since the primary focus is on moisture. Here are some of the main benefits of crawl space encapsulation:
- Storage space — Once your crawl space is cleaned out, sealed, and properly encapsulated, it can then be utilized as a great place to store items around the house. This will lead to decreasing the clutter around your home and even minimize the potential for pest infestations, moisture buildup, and draftiness — all of which would cause home damage.
- Saves money on energy bills — Crawl space encapsulation will also help you keep your energy bills much more reasonable. Since air will not be able to easily enter or escape from your home, you won’t have to rely as much on your heating and cooling systems during the winter and summer.
- Improves air quality — This will also help ensure humidity and moisture from outside can’t enter and collect inside your home and crawl spaces. As a result, your home’s air quality will start drastically improving.
If you want to learn more about crawl space drain systems, crawl space insulation and encapsulation, or waterproof crawl spaces, give Dry-Tek Environmental a call today!