An unconditioned crawl space can be one of the biggest detriments to your home’s comfort as well as its indoor air quality. Vented crawl spaces are subject to seasonal temperature changes that have lasting effects on the indoor atmosphere of your home. During the summer months on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, as hot, humid air passes through vents into a cooler, less humid crawl space, condensation forms. This moisture leads to standing water, damage to insulation, an ideal pest habitat, and conditions that promote mildew and mold growth.
The Goal: A Cool & Dry Crawl Space
A controlled and sealed crawl space reduces energy consumption, improves indoor air quality, and safeguards your health. Rather than employing vents, which make your crawl space susceptible to high and low temperature swings, a sealed crawl space maintains a temperature relative to the ground and home with significantly less humidity. Treating your crawl space like a miniature basement will alleviate many long-term problems.
Five Steps to a Well-Controlled Crawl Space
Inspection for standing water, mold or pest issues and removal of old insulation.
Sealing vents, gaps, and holes and insulating walls with spray foam.
Installing a crawl space vapor barrier.
Using a crawl space dehumidifier to further control moisture and improve indoor air quality.
The most effective way to control moisture and air quality in your crawl space is with crawl space encapsulation. First, the space is sealed, which includes sealing vents, gaps and holes around plumbing and ductwork that let in uncontrolled outside air. Encapsulation then includes covering the floor (in most cases) and walls of the crawl space with a vapor barrier for complete control of the entire area.
Once your crawl space is encapsulated, a crawl space dehumidifier is key to keeping the humidity in the space at a consistent, healthy level year round. Your encapsulated crawl space stops unwanted moisture and odors from entering your living space and keeps the heated or cooled air from escaping for increased energy efficiency and lower utility bills.
Total Home Performance: Maryland’s Eastern Shore Crawl Space Experts
At Total Home Performance, our certified specialists will make sure your crawl space is taken care of with complete top to bottom repair. Not only will this help to make sure your home on the Eastern Shore of Maryland is more comfortable, but it’ll also improve its energy efficiency and indoor air quality.