Most homeowners never see the crawlspace underneath their homes. For this reason, many of them are not aware of its impact on the interior of their homes. Having your crawlspace encapsulated in a good idea, even if you never use that area of your home. Learn more about the benefits of crawlspace encapsulation (from professionals such as Atlantic Heating and Cooling) for your home.
To Vent Or Not To Vent
Traditionally, homes with crawlspaces are vented to help prevent moisture from becoming too high. However, vents can also be the cause of energy loss. If the vents in your home's foundation leak, the water goes into the crawlspace and can create the perfect environment for mold and mildew growth. Leaking vents can also cause your foundation to crack, a serious and expensive structural issue. By having the crawlspace under your home encapsulated, also referred to as conditioned, you can lower the risk of moisture underneath your house.
Improving Indoor Air Quality
the mold spores that can grow in an unconditioned crawlspace can end up floating in the air inside your home. For people that sensitive respiratory system, mold spores can cause greater health problems. When your home's crawlspace is encapsulated, it is ready to thwart mold and mildew, thus preventing it from entering your home. When experts encapsulate your home's crawlspace, a vapor barrier is placed before the plastic lining is put down that prevents energy and moisture transference. The moisture barrier will prevent the entry of ground moisture while also helping to reduce the chances of moisture from concrete becoming the home for mold and mildew.
Saving Energy Is Always A Good Idea
When your home's entire crawlspace is protected by a layer of specially designed plastic material, no energy is lost through it. This can help to keep to keep the interior of your home warmer in the winter and cooler during the summer. Crawlspace encapsulation can also help prevent cold flooring and drafts. Maintaining a more even temperature underneath your home can have a huge influence on the temperature inside your house. When temperature and humidity are lower in the crawlspace under your house during the summer, indoor air remains cooler as well.
Protecting the investment you have in your home is important. By having the crawlspace under your home encapsulated, you help to improve the aesthetics of that area and you provide a layer of protection from moisture. If you are thinking about selling your home in the near future, consider how a neatly sealed and clean crawlspace would looking appealing to potential home buyers.