The crawlspace is one of the most often neglected parts of homes in Kentucky, but just a few simple upgrades in that area can greatly enhance your home’s comfort and energy efficiency.
What is a Crawlspace?
A crawlspace is a shallow area located between the ground and the first floor of a home. It is usually only about one to three feet high, hence the term “crawlspace.” It often contains the “guts” of the house, such as plumbing, wiring, HVAC equipment, and ductwork. This allows for easy access to a home’s plumbing, electrical, and HVAC systems when repairs and upgrades are needed.
Why Does It Need to Be Encapsulated?
Even if your crawlspace has a cement floor, water vapor and contaminants such as radon can enter from the ground. This can result in all kinds of moisture and indoor air quality issues in your crawlspace and home. Crawlspace encapsulation keeps your crawlspace clean and dry with the installation of a heavy-duty vapor barrier along the floor and walls. The vapor barrier is sealed at all seams for maximum moisture control.
In addition to the vapor barrier, other improvements can further regulate moisture levels and air quality in the crawlspace. Installing spray foam insulation will boost your home’s energy efficiency, comfort, and indoor air quality. While installing a dehumidifier, for example, will help draw moisture out of the crawlspace and further increase healthy indoor air quality while also preventing structural damage due to mold growth.
What Are the Benefits of Crawlspace Encapsulation?
Encapsulating your crawlspace gives you greater control over your home’s comfort, energy efficiency, and indoor air quality. Benefits of crawlspace encapsulation include:
- Moisture control for decreased likelihood of mold growth
- More stable temperatures in your home
- Cleaner and healthier indoor air
- Greater home energy efficiency
- Lower energy bills
- Better structural integrity
How Much Will This End Up Costing?
The cost of encapsulating your crawlspace will depend on the size and condition of your home’s crawlspace, as well as on what materials are used in your project. Projects range from $2,000 to $14,000 or more. When you consider the many benefits you’ll get, including greater energy efficiency and lower energy bills, encapsulating your crawlspace is well worth the upfront cost. We offer special financing options to help make crawlspace encapsulation possible for your home.
If you want to boost the value and performance of your home in the Lexington, KY area, now is a good time to consider having Synergy Home encapsulate your crawlspace. As we improve your crawlspace, we can make other improvements such as insulation and radon mitigation to carry the benefits of crawlspace encapsulation even further. Using our “house as a system” approach, we’ll guide you in making improvements that truly complement each other.
Ready to find out what crawlspace encapsulation can do for you? Call (859) 687-0553 or contact us to learn more.
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