If you have a home on a crawl space, this area can be the source of many problems, such dust, air leaks and contamination that can make its way into your home. This is an area of your home that you may have overlooked when it comes to energy improvements. With energy improvements to your crawl space, you will not only reduce energy costs, but also improve the air quality in your home.
Here are three things that you can do to improve your crawl space:
1. Improving The Ductwork In Your Crawlspace
In crawl spaces, the ductwork can be damaged by critters, weather and wear in your crawl space. Sometimes, you may find duct insulation loose and problems with other components of the duct system, such as air leaks. You will want to have all these problems addressed before you do other improvements to your crawl space.
If you have a system that has the filter in the crawl space, you may want to have it moved to an air return in your home, which will make it a lot easier to change the filter and ensure that it is clean.
2. Repairing Mechanicals And Adding A Vapor Barrier
You may have other mechanical problems in your basement, such as loose wires, pipes and condensation lines for your AC. You will want to have these things repaired. Once you repair the mechanical parts, you can have a vapor barrier for crawl spaces installed beneath the joists. This will prevent vapors from your crawl space from entering your home and help add insulation, which will also reduce air leaks in your home.
3. Installing A Moisture Barrier Or Finished Surface For Craw Space Floors
In addition to a vapor barrier at the floor joist, you may also want to have a moisture barrier installed on the floor. The same service that does the vapor barrier can also install the covering on the floor. You can also have some of your crawl space finished with a type of floor, which can be concrete or gravel. This is great if you want to store tools and materials in your crawl space. You may also want to have this done to the walls of your crawl space to reduce moisture build up in your crawl space.
These are some of the things that you can do to improve energy efficiency with crawl space improvements. If you need help with some of these improvements, there are services that can provide you with a vapor barrier for your crawl space. Contact them to install a vapor barrier for the crawl space of your home.