Effectively insulating your crawl space is an important task that can have a huge impact on the overall health of your home. Insulation in the crawl space inhibits the loss of any heat in the winter months as well as any transfer of your home’s cool air in the summer. Since the air in the crawl space naturally makes its way through the entire home, it is imperative that controlling heat flow gets its due amount of consideration in your home’s energy situation.
Much of your home’s air quality and temperature is directly influenced by the state of your crawl space. If you have a crawl space that is cold and dirty, you will experience inferior indoor air quality as well as a home that is frequently drafty and chilly during winter. On top of that, you’ll have increased expenditure on your energy bills to keep the home heated.
During the winter, the heat that is produced by your heating system naturally moves heat around to unheated spaces, including basements, attics, garages, and crawlspaces. To compensate, your home’s heating system runs overtime to keep the indoor temperature consistent.
Even in the summer, the heat that flows into the home causes your air conditioner to work twice as hard to keep the inside of your home cool. Reliable crawlspace insulation helps to keep unwanted heat out and keep your energy bills to a manageable figure.
With a crawlspace that is well-insulated, your home can better manage and prevent expensive heat transfer from occurring, extend the life of your HVAC system, and reduce your energy costs to their absolute minimum. Statistically, most Seattle-area homeowners see their energy costs decrease by approximately 30% once they insulate their crawl space.
You can even be eligible for rebates from most utility companies for improving the insulation in your home! For further information on the rebates that are available, check out our rebates page.
There is a myriad of options on the market when it comes to choosing an insulation that works best for the crawl space. Three of the most popular types are foam boards, fiberglass batting, and spray foam insulation. Here at Clean Crawls, we strongly recommend spray foam insulation, as it possesses incredible insulating properties, water resistance, and an air tight seal. Since the crawl space is often exposed to condensation and the buildup of moisture, airtight insulation can make a dramatic difference in resisting the air transfer that causes condensation. When your crawlspace is impermeable to water, it becomes highly resistant to mold, mildew, and water damage.
Spray foam insulation also boasts the greatest lifespan of any insulations that are currently available on the market, able to retain its full capacity of insulation for 10+ years. It is a popular choice of crawl space insulation for people that are conscious of the environment.
Having a correctly installed vapor barrier is also highly recommended, which we can custom cut and fit directly to your crawlspace. A vapor barrier will help prevent groundwater from creating moisture problems in your crawlspace and insulation.
To learn even more about the types of crawl space insulation we offer, contact our office directly.