Crawl spaces rarely get the attention of the average homeowner – and if they do, it is usually a bad thing. But your crawl space may be trying to tell you something in other ways that you may not immediately link to the dark empty space beneath your home, and leaving your crawl space unchecked can lead to indoor air quality issues, increased monthly costs, and a home that is hard to keep comfortable.
If you are wondering if you need crawl space encapsulation, or are concerned about the condition of your crawl space and want to schedule an inspection, here are some signs to look out for.
If you have noticed an odor in your house, or there are certain areas that seem to have a musty smell and you can’t locate the origin, the smell could be coming from below. When mold and mildew begin to grow in the crawlspace, that air can be sucked up into your ductwork or into the living space through holes and gaps, causing the whole house to smell.
High Energy Costs
A crawlspace should serve as a buffer zone, keeping undesirable temperatures and contaminated air from entering your home. When the insulation of a crawl space has deteriorated and air leaks are present, the heating and cooling system will need to work overtime to compensate, wasting energy and reducing comfort.
A problematic crawl space can cause inconsistent temperatures throughout the rooms of a home — and when warmer air from one room moves to another room in search of colder temperatures, you’ll feel it in the form of a draft.
How the Crawl Space Affects the Home
Remember how musty smells from the crawl space can make their way into the entire living space? This point illustrates just how important a well-insulated, air sealed, and dry crawl space is to the comfort and health of your entire home. As air escapes your home through other areas, the nearest air to replace it will come from underneath your feet.
When moisture, outside temperatures, and contaminated air are prevented from entering the crawl space, it creates a much healthier, isolated environment that can be felt from the floor to the ceiling!
With a fully encapsulated crawl space, you can enjoy benefits like:
- Reduced heating and cooling costs
- Stable indoor temperatures
- Cleaner air
- No more cold floors in the mornings
Schedule a Crawl Space Inspection with Worley’s
If it has been a while since you checked in on the space underneath your feet, you’re not alone. The crawl space is often a dark, damp, moldy place – and giving it a thorough inspection should be left to the professionals. At Worley’s, we wouldn’t be able to call ourselves home comfort experts if we couldn’t address one of the most important aspects of keeping a home efficient and healthy – which is why we offer expert inspections and crawl space encapsulation services.