- November 17, 2017
- Posted by: Courtney Stevens
- Category: Blogs
Is your crawl space ready for winter?
Here is how a total encapsulation can help you when the temperature drops.
1. Saves 15%-35% on your energy bill.
When a crawl space has a dirt floor, it has damp air. This air is more difficult to heat and cool because of its humidity. If your crawl space has vents, then it makes it harder for your HVAC system to heat or cool your home, costing you more money. A total encapsulation of your crawl space helps to cut costs on your energy bill. SilverGlo is a polyurethane foam insulation infused with graphite to improve its insular ability. It provides both insulation and a radiant heat barrier. It also prevents moisture from entering your crawlspace. Having an encapsulated crawl space prevents the air in your home from escaping into the crawlspace, saving you money.
2. Prevents mold and musty odors, helping allergies.
Having a dehumidifier, along with the other total encapsulation products, prevents mold and rot in your crawl space, thus preventing a musty smell from entering into your home. If you have allergies, mold in your crawl space can cause them to act up, making you feel sick. Having a total encapsulation can rid you of these allergy issues that you are experiencing.
A Knoxville customer had their crawl space encapsulated last year and had this to say about the results, “I woke up Friday morning feeling like a new person. I think that the remediation and encapsulation are making a difference already. I was able to take a shower today for the first time in months without getting short of breath! My blood pressure is normal, and my pulse is normal today! I am breathing some better, too.”
3. Seals off your crawlspace from the harsh elements.
Up to 50% of the air that you breathe on the first level of your home comes from your crawl space. The constant air flow between a crawl space and a home is driven by the “stack effect” or convection, as shown in the picture below. Warm air in the upper level of your home rises and is expelled through windows, vents, and cracks. As it rises, air from your crawl space rushes in to fill the vacuum. Air from your crawl space enters your home, and it brings everything with it. This includes odors, mold spores, and dust mite feces that come into your home.
4. Prevents cold floors and frozen pipes.
If your ductwork is stored in the crawl space of your home, you may experience frozen pipes in the harsh winter months. Due to vented crawl spaces, as well as dampness caused by a dirt floor, your crawl space’s temperature can plummet when it gets cold outside. Frozen pipes can burst or leak, costing the homeowner time and money to fix it. After fixed, however, the pipes can freeze again if the crawl space issue is not addressed. Having an encapsulated crawl space seals it off from the outside, keeping it a warmer, more constant temperature, even when it gets below freezing outside.