Closing crawl spaces is a recently developed technique that has rapidly become a growing trend in both new and existing homes because it saves energy costs and prevents the fall-out from built-up crawl space moisture. Because this is a new phenomenon, very little information has been conveniently available to the public about how to close a crawl space or what materials to use. The seasoned professionals at CrawlspaceDepot.com have changed all that. They make it possible for both homeowners and professionals to acquire the products, instructions and support they need to install this new system effectively in any home – new or retrofitted – using materials available through a single online source.
Vented crawl spaces worked great until the invention of air conditioning. When a family cools their home to 72° during the summer and the air outside is 85° with an 80% relative humidity, it creates condensation on the floor joists, insulation and pipes and ducts. No amount of ventilation will solve the problem at this point. This constant condensation during the summer months causes wood rot and mold as well as musty odors throughout the home, and attracts all types of insects, including termites. As a result, the need for a different way of handling this home environment became critical. Closing the crawl space is the answer to that need.
With summer coming, it’s important for people to think about closing crawl spaces now. Closing a crawl space, which includes sealing the vents, insulating the walls, creating a vapor barrier and conditioning the air in the crawl space, is now considered the best practice standard.
The research driving this new trend was conducted by Advanced Energy based in Raleigh, NC and funded by the U.S. Department of Energy. Their study showed that closing the crawl space created up to an 18% energy savings on heating and cooling costs.
In addition to the cost savings, the new system dramatically improves air quality in the home, eliminates conducive conditions for termites and mold and improves the performance of equipment in the crawlspace.
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