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Open Crawl Space Vents

If you have a crawl space with open vents, you could be inviting a variety of problems into your crawl space and home. Learn more about why open crawl space vents are harmful, and what you can do to solve the problem.

open crawl space vents

Colder weather has arrived and while everyone may love the holidays, and hot chocolate how many love a cold home? When the weather outside is cold, no one wants the inside of their home to be cold. Unfortunately, whether the weather is hot or cold, air is bound to enter your home’s crawl space.

As cold air enters your crawl space, the stack effect carries that cold air throughout your home. What does this mean for your home?

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The stack effect also allows dust mites, mold growth, and nasty odors to travel through your home into the air you and your family breathe. It also will create cold floors and a cold environment within your home, which causes you to use your home’s heating system more heavily, causing high utility costs. In order to keep your home warm, and the air you and your family breathe clean, it is important to keep your crawl space healthy and dry.

Many factors cause a damp and cold crawl space, like open vents, condensation, and water vapors. Rumors have it that insulation to your floors or roof of your home’s crawl space will help keep your home warm during the colder months, and is partially true; however, insulation ignores the real problem of moisture in your crawl space and will only be ruined by the moisture.

Although you are not able to be in your home’s crawl space or really see the importance it has for your home, you must understand your crawl space is very important. Your crawl space can be the home of your water pipes, furnace, water heater, and many other important things that only work properly when safe and dry. Call Tar Heel Basement Systems at 888-333-1322 or click here to schedule a free crawl space inspection today, and keep you, your family, and your home protect by doing the right thing- protecting your crawl space.

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