Should You Consider Crawlspace Encapsulation?

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Heating and cooling your home isn’t exactly cheap, and that means you want to get the most out of your HVAC system using as little energy as possible. Sometimes, that comes from choosing an energy-efficient model in the first place, and other times it comes from taking other measures to help your equipment along. One way you can help your HVAC system function more efficiently is with crawlspace encapsulation.

Should You Consider Crawlspace Encapsulation?

Crawlspace encapsulation involves lining your crawlspace, or the hollow area under your house that’s between the ground and your first floor, with heavy-duty polyethylene. By sealing this area, you can reduce the moisture in your home, prevent outside air from entering, and help your home retain the heated or cooled air produced by your HVAC system.

Not everyone needs crawlspace encapsulation, but here are a few signs that may indicate it’s worth considering this service:

  • Musty Odors- The smell of mildew or mold is unpleasant, but what’s worse is that the smell means these substances are present somewhere in your home due to excess moisture. Crawlspace encapsulation may provide the moisture control you need to eliminate the odor and avoid allergy or asthma symptoms.
  • Moisture on Your Walls- If there’s moisture in your crawlspace, it doesn’t take much for that water to move upwards and find a place on your walls, especially in the bottom corners of a room. This can be damaging to your walls and the paint or wallpaper on them, but crawlspace encapsulation might help.
  • High Energy Bills- If you are paying more than you should be for heating or cooling, the problem doesn’t always lie in your HVAC equipment. It could be functioning really well while the real culprit is your leaky crawlspace.

If you are interested in crawlspace encapsulation, contact us today.