Many homes have been built with a crawlspace underneath the first story’s floor. This is a relatively cramped or narrow space that is usually unfinished. An unfinished space is an area that does not have drywall and lighting. More importantly, it does not have insulation. It may initially seem like a waste of money to do any work to this area of the home, but the reality is that you can enjoy numerous advantages when you add insulation to your crawlspace.
Energy can be lost through your first story’s floor, and this is largely related to an uninsulated crawlspace. You may notice that the floor is cooler in the winter and warmer in the summer. This temperature situation is caused by poor insulation in the crawlspace, and it can cause your energy bills to skyrocket. While there is a cost associated with installing insulation in your crawlspace, you may discover that the cost savings is tremendous and can be enjoyed through all seasons.
Preventing Unnecessary Damage
A crawlspace can be a damp, dreary place. High humidity levels from inadequate sealing and insulation can result in wood rot, mold growth and other damaging issues. Remember that some of these issues can impact the home’s structural integrity as well as the health of the home’s occupants. Insulating and sealing the space is a wonderful way to avoid unnecessary repair costs and potentially devastating health issues.
When a crawlspace is not well-insulated, the transfer of air between the first story’s floor can create unpleasant drafts. These drafts can decrease your comfort level in the home, and it can potentially create uneven heating and cooling from room to room that results in a struggle with the thermostat. When you address this cause of drafts, you can create a more comfortable indoor environment.
Creating Storage Space
If your crawlspace is not currently insulated and sealed, the space may be completely unusable. However, by sealing and insulating the crawlspace, you may create an area that is just as functional for storage as your attic is. If you have been looking for a convenient way to add more storage space to your home, completing this home improvement project is a smart idea.
It is easy to overlook the importance of insulating your crawlspace, and it is likewise common to delay tackling this project once you become aware of the need for this work to be completed. Now that you understand the many reasons why you should complete the work, you can see that the benefits associated with having an insulated crawlspace are substantial. Remember that you can request assistance from a contractor if you want to complete this project with minimal effort.