If your energy bills have been out of control recently, your crawl space could be to blame. When your crawl space is not properly sealed, it can contribute to the stack effect, which allows cold air to be sucked into your home during the winter and hot air to be sucked in during the summer. This makes it harder for your HVAC system to heat and cool your home, increasing your energy bills.
Encapsulating your crawl space makes it easier for your home to maintain a comfortable temperature, saving you money on your energy bills.
But energy savings aren’t the only reason why crawl space encapsulation is a good idea—there are many additional benefits to crawl space insulation and encapsulation that make the investment worth it.
Why Crawl Space Encapsulation Is Worth the Cost
Crawl space encapsulation is one of the best upgrades you can make to your home.
Makes Your Home More Comfortable
The crawl space encapsulation process includes sealing and insulating your crawl space, which creates a barrier of protection against heat and cold. This can get rid of cold floors above your crawl space and increase your home comfort all year round.
Prevents Mold and Mildew Growth
An unsealed crawl space will attract moisture and create the perfect breeding ground for mold. By encapsulating your crawl space, you can seal it off to protect against moisture intrusion and greatly reduce the risk of mold and mildew growth.
Improves Indoor Air Quality
Most of the air that’s inside your crawl space will eventually end up in your home. That means crawl space contaminants like mold, pests, and other allergens can travel into your home and negatively affect your indoor air quality. Crawl space encapsulation keeps air pollutants out of your home and improves indoor air quality.
Keeps Pests Away
Pests like rodents, ants, and cockroaches are attracted to crawl spaces because they offer a dark, damp place to nest and breed. Crawl space encapsulation seals off pest entry points, protecting you against infestations and the many issues they can cause.
Protects Your Home’s Foundation
Many common crawl space issues like moisture and pests can cause serious damage to your home. Moisture can rust, rot, and warp building materials, while pests can burrow in and eat away at them. Crawl space encapsulation keeps moisture and pests out, protecting your home from major damage and expensive repairs.
How Much Does Crawl Space Encapsulation Cost?
Crawl space insulation costs can vary depending on the size of your crawl space and the amount of work that’s needed. A typical crawl space encapsulation will include sealing and insulating the crawl space, installing a vapor barrier, and installing a dehumidifier. However, if the crawl space is full of mold and pests, you will need mold remediation and pest removal before encapsulation can be done, which will increase the costs.
The best way to find out how much crawl space encapsulation will cost for your home is to schedule a free energy analysis with Standard Insulating Company. One of our crawl space specialists will examine your crawl space and provide an estimate. We pride ourselves on offering honest, high-quality crawl space solutions in the Charlotte, NC area. We can also help you take advantage of financing and rebates to make your project as affordable as possible.