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The science of building homes has evolved from the outdated view that crawl spaces are pretty much "out of sight and out of mind" to the view today that a crawl space is an integral component of a home's health, energy efficiency and comfort.
Clarksburg, WV - April 6, 2015
Homeowners often spend thousands of dollars purchasing additional caulking and new windows or adding insulation in their attics to make their homes more comfortable, sometimes with little or no impact on their comfort level or on their monthly heating and cooling bills. The energy-stealing culprit may be underneath their homes – uninsulated foundations and dirt crawl spaces that make floors frigid and allow unheated air to infiltrate their homes from below.
“Homeowners have been told for years to add insulation, to ensure their entry doors are airtight and to replace older windows,” said Ricki Edwardson, owner of Basement Systems of West Virginia. “This is all good advice, but homeowners often overlook an uninsulated dirt crawl space that may make fiberglass floor insulation ineffective because of extreme moisture and allows cold air into their living space.”
Edwardson said that the science of building homes has evolved from the outdated view that crawl spaces are pretty much “out of sight and out of mind” and all that’s needed in a crawl space is a thin layer of plastic on the ground and fiberglass insulation between the floor joists. She said that research has shown that most crawl spaces should be encapsulated and insulated around the perimeter so that the crawl space is warmer and drier, keeps cold air from infiltrating the home from below and prevents the growth of mold.
“The prevailing science today is that the crawl space is an integral component of the home’s health and energy efficiency and can increase a family’s heating and cooling bills by up to 25% if the crawl space isn’t properly insulated and sealed,” she said.
For more information about the changing science of crawl spaces, go to www.basementsystemswv.com.