In this video, Dr. Energy Saver solves home comfort problems caused by an unsealed, uninsulated crawl space. Watch to see how to make your crawl space more energy efficient!
Crawl space insulation is a crucial and often overlooked facet of home energy efficiency and comfort. The crawl space plays a key role in both of these aspects.
On top of selecting the correct type of insulation and using the proper amount, it is imperative that the insulation is installed correctly. Since the crawl space is a uniquely moist environment, the insulation used needs to be able to handle these conditions.
The specialists at Blanket Insulation Services can help you by examining the crawl space, sealing any air leaks, and then installing superior quality insulation to increase your home’s comfort and promote better energy efficiency.
Crawl spaces, especially those with dirt floors or moisture problems, are wet in summer and cold in winter! Crawl space wall and floor insulation can solve all that!
The traditional way to insulate a crawl space involved the installation of fiberglass batts between the joists and vents at either end so that outside air would be able to circulate below the home.
These two factors are the biggest contributors to the problems listed above. Fiberglass insulation isn’t designed to hold up under the wet conditions that are typically found in the crawl space.
Since it behaves almost like cotton, it will absorb moisture and get soggy, then compress and lose most of its R-value. The fiberglass batts in a crawl space normally find their way to the floor in a soggy pile. The only advantage of fiberglass batts is their inexpensive cost, which is null and void when the material no longer functions as intended.
Looking good & lasting long. Rigid foam insulation can’t be damaged by moisture and won’t degrade in appearance or R-value over time. In a crawl space, it’s usually installed against the interior face of foundation walls.
In a crawl space environment rigid foam insulation handily outperforms fiberglass batts. Rigid foam comes in panels of different thicknesses, and the installers can cut the panels to fit against the interior of crawl space walls. The panels are attached and held in place by a special adhesive or using mechanical fasteners.
We typically insulate crawl space walls with foam board insulation. This brings the crawl space inside the building envelope, which improves overall home energy performance. This will also help make rooms above the crawl space more comfortable and can help lower heating and cooling bills.
While rigid foam insulation is more expensive than fiberglass options, it’s actually more cost effective when you consider the benefits of never having to clean up or having to re-insulate an area suffering from damaged or ineffective insulation. Rigid foam boasts the same effectiveness 15 years from now as it does on the first day.
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