People hardly think about their crawl spaces when looking into solutions that will minimize energy loss and utility costs. While energy efficiency might sound negligible, it plays a big role in determine your annual utility bills. Reducing window sizes and insulating ceilings and walls may work but the crawl space management should be prioritized as well. Here are a few tricks you should consider.
Insulate crawl space access door
Like any other access door to the home, the crawl entry door should be insulated. Keep the entrance airtight. Your house stands to gain from better temperature regulation by doing this. It does not matter if the door is accessed from the house or from outside.
Fortunately, this can be a DIY project for any handy person. Purchase insulating materials and plywood. You do not have to spend a lot of money for a custom made insulated door for your crawl space. Ask experts for recommended insulation values when handling it yourself.
Remember the seal ducts
Air ducts and plumbing pipes in your crawl space should be leak proof. A hole in the duct is always bad news for the homeowner. The last thing you want is air-cooling your house to escape through such vents. You also do not need unwanted cold or hot air getting into the house through these ducts. Keep your temperature regulation under control by insulating the seal ducts.
Inspect the crawl space for any holes and leaks. Seal them off using a masking tape Proper inspection is needed to seal off the ducts properly. This is the best way to increase efficiency.
Invest in the appropriate sealing wraps since the masking tape is not sufficient or long lasting. Find out which tape fits your needs appropriately. Keep in mind the requirements given by your local building code when fitting these insulation materials.
Perimeter walls insulation
Using a foam insulation board, ensure your crawl perimeter walls are properly insulated. This helps in maintaining appropriate temperature levels in the crawl space. The foam insulation material also prevents growth of mold and other microorganisms thus improving air quality.
Invest in a Dehumidifier
Research on the best dehumidifier for your crawl space. Select based on the temperatures in your region as well as the size and position of the crawl space in your home. This system is essential as it helps maintain comfortable temperatures. It prevents extreme temperatures, hinders the growth of mildew, and molds. Furthermore, it is self-regulating making it convenient for use.
A crawl space can be utilized in any home. Make sure the space is comfortable and convenient to stay in. The crawl space can easily turn into that extra storage or play room you have been desiring for a long time.