The Benefits of Crawlspace Encapsulation

Mold, Moisture, and Mildew? Consider Crawlspace Encapsulation

Are you constantly combating mold, mildew and moisture in your home? The culprit might not be in your basement, but below it: the crawlspace. Your crawlspace has a serious impact on your home’s air quality and your energy bills. So what can you do to stop moisture from entering this area? A One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning professional can quickly seal the air in your crawlspace from the outside. This process is known as encapsulation.

Where is My Home’s Crawlspace?

The crawlspace is the unoccupied, unfinished hollow area found under some homes between the ground and the first floor. Most of the time, this space is made out of cinder block. It’s generally no higher than three feet. As the name implies, the area is just high enough for someone to enter by crawling.

Home builders may opt for a crawlspace as a cheaper alternative to a basement. A crawlspace also serves as a convenient area for housing plumbing, electrical wiring, and heating and cooling systems –  keeping them out of sight, out of mind. A crawlspace creates easy, underground access to repair these systems, rather than excavating pipes from the ground or damaging walls.

However, there are disadvantages to crawlspaces. This underground area can quickly become a breeding ground for mold, fungi, termites, and even rodents. Your crawlspace has a serious impact on your home’s air quality and your energy bills.

An HVAC professional can stop these hazards in their tracks by properly sealing your home’s crawlspace. Using a vapor barrier, a plastic lining, dehumidifier, condensate pump, and foam, crawlspace encapsulation seals the air in your crawlspace from the outside.

Stop Cold Drafts With Crawlspace Encapsulation

Depending on the season, an unsealed crawlspace will introduce hot or cold outdoor air to your home. Your HVAC system has to work harder to maintain a consistent temperature against these drafts. Sealing your crawlspace prevents outdoor air from infiltrating your home. Keep the cold out this winter before it increases your energy bills! Contact One Hour Air to properly seal your home’s crawlspace.

Improve Indoor Air Quality

Even if you keep your home clean, there’s no way to clean the crawlspace without professional assistance. Outdoor air pollutants like dust, dirt, and pollen can continuously seep into your home through your unsealed crawlspace. On top of that, moisture in the crawlspace makes it a breeding ground for mold and mildew that can enter your home. The good news? Professional crawlspace encapsulation eliminates mold and mildew growth, and with it, the increased risk of air pollution.

Home Comfort, Guaranteed

If you’re tired of drafty temperatures, excessive moisture in your home, poor indoor air quality, and even pests like termites, it’s time to consider crawlspace encapsulation. Ensure complete control over home comfort with crawlspace encapsulation:

  • Eliminates hot and cold air drafts
  • Controls moisture
  • Prevents mold and mildew growth
  • Discourages pests like termites and rodents
  • Creates a barrier from outdoor pollutants to improve indoor air quality

Talk to your One Hour Air technician about crawlspace encapsulation before cold winter drafts start seeping in! Don’t forget about duct sealing and indoor air quality filters to keep your home safe and comfortable all year long!