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Tuesday, November 15th, 2016 by Randy Shillingburg
You've done everything the experts suggested you should do to make your home more energy efficient. You've installed storm doors and insulated entry way doors, purchased new double-pane windows and placed more insulation in your attic. Despite your best efforts, your home still feels drafty and your floors are cold in the winter. What could be the cause?
That area underneath your home -- your crawl space -- may be the culprit. Even if you close foundation vents in the winter, they will continue to let in some cold air. With the negative pressure created under your home because of HVAC ductwork, cold air is actually sucked into your crawl space from the outside through even the smallest openings. In addition your rim joists and sill plates are probably not insulated or sealed at all, allowing cold, winter air to leak into your home inches from the floors and walls above. On top of it all, winter air entering your home will make your ductwork very cold, forcing your HVAC system to work longer and harder to heat your home. Making the situation even worse, a lot of the costly insulation you placed between your floor joists has now fallen because of gravity and excess moisture in the crawl space. Even your water heater must work harder in the winter because the pipes in your crawl space are very cold. As a result, you run hot water for a minute or two just to move enough hot water through the pipes to offset the cold pipes. You're wasting water and energy!
Does this sound like your home?
Experts are now recommending a different way of treating the crawl space under your home. Most experts are now recommending that you make your crawl space a "mini basement," completely sealing out cold outside air, insulating your rim joists and sill plates, encapsulating the ground in your crawl space to control moisture and insulating your foundation walls instead of the floor joists. In short, your crawl space is completely sealed out from the ground below and the cold, outside air. As a result, whatever conditioned air leaks from your HVAC ductwork is kept inside the crawl space, helping to keep your floors and pipes much warmer in the winter and saving you up to 20% on your heating bills!
We received a phone message from a customer in Elkins a couple of years ago at our office. Thanks to the remote hygrometer in his crawl space, he was amazed to learn that his crawl space was 65 degrees, although the temperature outside his home was only 10 degrees! Imagine how much warmer your home would be with floors that are warm and toasty!
Basement Systems of West Virginia is the state's leading expert on crawl space encapsulation and insulation. We've been focusing on this type of work longer than any other company in the state. Call us at 304-754-2023 to schedule your free, no obligation estimate. Your energy savings can help pay for this work that will make your floors warmer and your indoor air a lot healthier!
If your floors are cold in the winter and your home is drafty, the solution may not be more insulation in your attic. The solution may be encapsulating and insulating your crawl space -- the right way. Call West Virginia's experts today: Basement Systems of West Virginia.