Tar Heel Tip of the Week: Energy Loss During Winter Months? Your Crawl Space Might be to Blame

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016 by Jaimie Hooker


Your crawl space might be the reason your energy bill increases so much during the winter months or why your floors are always cold. But how so?

the crawl space might be the reason your energy bill increases so much during the winter months or why your floors are always cold

Crawl space air is bad. It’s damp. It is cold during winter months and full of mold spores, eventually making its way into the living area of your home.

The dirt crawl space problem. The problem is moisture inside of a building–particularly because your home is made of organic materials. Moisture comes from two sources– the ground and the outdoor air. Exposed earth contributes a lot of water vapor into the crawl space air. The earth is damp and the water vapor moves up into the home above. Your foundation walls are porous and have lots of imperfections that allow moisture to pass through. Foundation vents also allow relative humidity in easily. It’s simple. On cold days, we’re venting cold air into the crawl space, right under your feet!

So, how does a homeowner create a dry crawl space that is also energy-efficient? It’s simple, the CrawlSeal Encapsulation System with X-Grade Crawl Space Insulation panels. By simply sealing off outside air and ground moisture, your crawl space will instantly reduce relative humidity and cold air. The X-Grade Crawl Space Insulation panels allow for heat to be reflected back into your crawl space for maximum energy savings. Not only does your crawl space stay dry, your HVAC system will not have to work as hard keeping your home above warm and comfortable, allowing you to save on your energy bill.

Are you ready to start saving on your energy bill with a sealed crawl space? Call our office to schedule your free estimate appointment.

 

 

About the author
Jaimie Hooker is the Assistant Marketing Director at Tar Heel Basement Systems; authoring case studies, technical papers, creating and captioning photo albums and managing website content. She also oversees the organization of video testimonials, shows and events, Jaimie lives in the small town of Madison, NC with her husband, Paul, and 3 year old son, Franklin.