When your home gets cold, the crawl space may not come to mind as the culprit. You will find other reasons and address them, like that failed heater or gaps around your door. The truth is the crawl space of your Colorado Springs, CO, home affects your indoor temperature. Oh yes, you read that right! Your crawl space can make the floor and walls cold.
Like everyone, you know Colorado has a typically warm climate. However, there are times when the weather gets chilly from November to March. Your house may feel colder than usual. We will tell you what’s behind the coldness and what you can do to warm up this space.
Why is My Floor Getting Cold?
You have been experiencing cold floors because your crawl space is not well insulated or properly sealed. Many homeowners forget to insulate this area. The cold in the crawl space will eventually move through the floor and into your home. Even if you don’t notice the changes, you may notice your energy bills going up because your heater has to work hard to keep your house warm.
Dealing with Crawl Space Cold Problems
A cold crawl space is bad for your home. The more the crawl space stays open and exposed, the more problems it will cause. Here are three things you can do to improve its condition.
Crawl Space Insulation
This exercise involves sealing the crawl space with thermal insulation to prevent heat from escaping through the crawl space. Heated air from the rooms above the crawl space will escape through the floor, causing a drop in temperature.
As a better alternative to soft fiberglass, rigid foam boards are the best to use in your crawl space.
These panels are placed on your crawl space walls to keep them airtight. Rigid foams come equipped with a heat barrier preventing heat loss through the crawl space. Go for a material that also is waterproof and termite resistant.
Spray foam is also an option for rim joists. The foam also gets into small crevices and cracks ensuring your crawl space is airtight.
Crawl Space Encapsulation
The next step to ensuring your crawl space stays warm and free from cold is crawl space encapsulation. Your local foundation repair contractor will assess the crawl space area, perform any necessary repairs then enclose this area with a heavy-duty 20-mil plastic vapor barrier. It goes around obstacles leaving a small space for termite inspections. This barrier locks out pests and outside air that makes the crawl space cold. Airtight vent covers also will be placed over the vents to keep outside air, water, and pests out for good.
Crawl Space Dehumidification
The last option involves installing a dehumidifier to get rid of moisture. Colder air may carry less moisture but it tends to linger for longer. Drying out the crawl space air means less moisture makes its way into your home. And this translates into lower humidity and condensation.
Why Should You Seal Your Crawl Space?
The most obvious answer to this question is to prevent heat loss. A conditioned crawl space is also great for extra storage. You can store extra items in the crawl space without worrying about moisture, dust, mold, and pests.
Another reason to encapsulate your crawl space is to keep out unwanted guests. Rodents, snakes, spiders and other creepy crawlies make themselves at home in unkept crawl spaces. Ultimately, these critters will get into your house.
The most important reason to insulate and encapsulate your crawl space is to keep your home mold-free. Mold spores can float into your home and cause health complications, not to mention the expensive repair bills.
Get Your Crawl Space Fixed by Local Crawl Space Experts Today!
Tired of getting cold floors during winter? Let a team of highly trained and skilled experts seal your crawl space. You’ll gain a safe and healthy area that also serves as extra storage space in the process. Get in touch with us for a free crawl space repair quote today for your Colorado Springs, CO, home.