If your home feels cold even when your furnace is running full-blast, you might have crawl space insulation issues. Insulating your crawl space properly will help you achieve the kind of energy-saving heating and cooling efficiency your home needs. In short, if your crawl space is not insulated the right way, you can expect to experience erratic temperatures around your home and energy costs that are much higher than they should be.
From the very start of new home construction, or even before you move into an old home you just renovated, air sealing and insulation are two important things to accomplish. You need to have old homes checked for insulation problems, and you need to have a new home insulated and air sealed properly. Before you can have your crawl space insulated, you will first need to determine whether it is ventilated or unventilated.
Regardless if your crawl space is ventilated or unventilated, an insulation contractor will know exactly what you need to have this area insulated. For ventilated crawl spaces, the most likely scenario would be your contractor installing insulation under the subfloor. If the area is unventilated, insulation is usually installed on the walls of the crawl space itself, with moisture barriers being added to prevent any seepage of vapors and moisture that can result in mold growth.
While there are many green options for insulation available nowadays, crawl space insulation often uses fiberglass instead of other materials. This is due to a number of reasons. The main reason being its durability and low cost when compared to other insulation options. Another reason why fiberglass insulation is typically chosen for this use is because it is fire retardant, and won’t deteriorate that easily.
Some people choose to use foam insulation, like the type that is made out of castor oil called Icynene. Polyurethane foam is another option if foam insulation is what you want, except it is similar to fiberglass in durability. It has even been proven that polyurethane foam can actually add to the structural stability of your home due to its durability.
What cannot be used in this instance are other green options that are not waterproof, or are sensitive to moisture. Examples of these are cotton and sheep’s wool insulation. You need to ensure that the insulation used in your crawl space is resistant to moisture, and can withstand condensation, as well as vapors.
To find out more about our crawl space insulation services, whether your house needs it or not, and what kind you should choose for your particular need, contact TriState Home Services at 866-624-5970 today. You can also get in touch with us through our Contact Us page.