Insulation: Number One Way To Avoid Energy Loss From Crawl Space
By making the effort to insulate your home’s crawl space—along with proper air sealing and moisture control—you will save money on energy bills and improve the comfort level in your home. The way you insulate the crawl space will depend on whether it’s ventilated or not. Traditionally, crawl spaces have been ventilated to avoid moisture problems, but now home builders are realizing that unventilated crawl spaces actually provide great moisture control if exterior drainage techniques are used.
No matter what kind of crawl space you have in your home, you must ensure that it’s insulated so you can appreciate the many benefits. Here are some of the reasons to make sure you have adequate insulation in your crawl space:
- You can prevent problems from arising that are caused by ventilated crawl spaces. These include difficulty keeping the crawl space warm in the winter and trouble with outdoor moisture getting in during the summer.
- A smaller amount of insulation than you may think will get the job done. For example, a 1,000-square-foot crawl space requires about 400 square feet of insulation.
- By insulating your crawl space, you’re ensuring that your pipes and ductwork are located in a conditioned area of your home. This means you don’t need additional insulation to prevent freezing.
- Typically, air sealing between the crawl space and the rest of the house is required, but with insulation, this is less important.
All of these combined benefits make insulation for your crawl space worth looking into. You can learn more by contacting Sobieski Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning in Wilmington.
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