If your floor bares no insulation underneath your home, then insulating your floor could be a good start to help you protect your floors from moisture, help isolate the air from rising up from the ground and helps reduce energy bills.
As crawlspace specialists, we implement batts instead of using other methods such as spray foam insulation. The main reason is that spray foam completely covers the wood structures within preventing the ability to visually inspect for mold, fungi, and decay. The ability to perform wood inspections within the crawlspace is an integral part of maintaining the integrity of the property by ensuring and preventing such issues from arising. And unfortuneatly with dirt crawlspaces, moisture rising up from the ground, such as mold, fungi, & decay are inevitable.
In addition, Batt insulation also have an advantage in that they are available in higher R-values, making them more effective as an insulator.
Side Wall Insulation
Side wall insulation helps stop air flow coming in from outside through the cinder block walls. It helps to prevent moisture from penetrating the side walls.
Some crawlspaces over the last 20 years have been built on grade, which means they were built from the ground straight up leaving the home volunerable to the outside elements. Insulating the interior walls helps to keep the crawlspace and home warmer and reduce energy costs.
Side wall insulation compliments the process of crawlspace encapsulation and works in cohesively by isolating the crawlspace from the outside elements and helps to seal off crawlspace vents within.
Insulating pipes have a few benefits mostly stemming from controling the condensation that naturally forms during humid or hot weather climates to preventing pipes from freezing during extreme cold weather conditions.
It is important to be aware that when condensation forms the potential risk for pipe corrosion is prelavent. Insulating your pipes can prevent condensation from forming and thereby reducing the risk of pipe corrosion.
Aside from providing a form of protection barrier against the elements, wrapping pipes with insulation can also provide energy saving benefits in that they help to reduce the energy it takes to heat water, making hot water more rapidly available in colder climates.
ENERGY SAVING PRODUCTS
Crawlspaces are shallow structures installed directly into the dirt under your home. As such, they tend to soak up the natural cold of the earth around your home and transfer it into the air in your crawlspace. If you have utilities in our crawlspace such as water heater, furnace, or hot water pipes, your energy bills will suffer. The cold will over-work your utilities, forcing them to work harder just to maintain its existing state.
At Crawlspace Solutions, we can upgrade your crawlspace's energy efficiency with products that are durable, long-lasting, and made especially for the crawlspace environment. These products can simultaneously offer you energy savings and moisture protection. Insulation comes in various forms to help protect your property from the drastic changes in climate absorbed within our state by keeping the cold out and the heat in. For best in energy efficiency, combine some of the listed services below together to isolate your home from the harsh elements outdoors.
Insulating your attic plays a key role in maintaining the temperature within your home and reducing what is called the "Stack-Effect", which basically means that you are preventing air from escaping within.
According to the Department of Energy, they estimate that a properly insulated attic can save as much as 10 - 50 percent off your heating bills. In addition, same can be said for your cooling costs, which also help to stabilize the indoor temperature during the summer season by keeping the cool air in.