Cold and Your Crawl Space
The holidays are approaching, which means it’s colder outside. Everyone loves the holidays, hot chocolate, family gatherings, but no one loves a cold home. Did you know that your home’s crawl space can be the reason your home is cold and uncomfortable during this winter season?
The stack effect is the process of air movement throughout your home. This effect causes cold air that enters your crawl space to move upwards into your home causing a multitude of problems. Cold floors aren’t the only reason to have your crawl space encapsulated. The stack effect could also transfer dust mite feces, mold and mildew, and nasty odors making the air you breathe unhealthy for your family’s living space.
Popular belief is that insulated floors are the best way in keeping your home warm; however, insulation does not help control the humidity that is in your home’s crawl space and will eventually be ruined due to the moisture.
Moisture build up and a damp crawl space are the result of open crawl space vents, water vapors, and condensation that may happen from snow, ice, or fog. As the cold air enters your crawl space, it will travel throughout your home creating cold floors and living spaces, forcing your home’s heating system to work harder. This results in higher energy bills as you attempt to keep your home warm.
It is hard to know what is happening in your home’s crawl space when you are not able to see it; however, your crawl space is an important factor in the health of your home. Call JES Foundation Repair today at (866) 370-4816 or fill out the form to schedule a free crawl space inspection today. It is our job to help you keep your home protected.