Enclosed crawlspaces are the perfect breeding ground for moisture which leads to mold and wood rot. Most crawl spaces are vented to help control excess moisture but these days, crawl spaces are not vented. A couple of reasons contractors may choose unvented crawlspaces are that during the winter, vented crawlspaces may make it hard to keep your home warm and during the summer, the moist air outside will increase the moisture levels in the crawlspace.
Did you know that about 50% of the air in your home comes from your crawlspace or basement? So if your crawlspace is not properly sealed, most of the air entering your home from underneath carries moisture and humidity with it. Excess moisture and humidity entering your home for long periods of time will result in the growth of bacteria which can actually make your family sick.
The many benefits of a sealed crawlspace include:
• HVAC systems work more efficiently
• Odor elimination
• Less rodents and insects getting into the home
• Low maintenance
• Increase your home’s value
What should you do?
Sealing the crawlspace of your home is not something that the average do-it-yourselfer should attempt to try. It is best to contact a professional HVAC technician who is familiar with sealing crawlspaces. This will ensure that it is done properly. The problem with DIY crawlspace sealing is that before it can be sealed, all of the moisture needs to be eliminated.
For more information about crawlspace ventilation and sealing contact one of our HVAC technicians. We are happy to answer any of your questions and do an inspection of your home’s crawlspaces to determine which option is best for you.