Crawl Space Insulation
With energy costs continually on the rise, it is more important than ever to take measures to ensure that your home is energy efficient. Heating and cooling can account for a significant portion of your household energy consumption, especially during summer and winter months when outdoor temperatures are more extreme. Rather than sacrificing your comfort by turning down the thermostat, consider upgrading the insulation in your home to minimize heat loss or air leakage. The crawl space beneath your home is often responsible for a large amount of air leakage and heat loss. When looking for a way to improve your energy efficiency, it can be a good idea to consider installing or replacing your existing crawl space insulation. Spray foam insulation is the product of choice for homeowners who are looking to maximize the energy efficiency of their home. It offers superior insulation, and serves as an effective air and vapor barrier. This translates to a much more comfortable indoor environment for you and your family, as well as greatly reduced energy bills from month to month. Seattle Spray Foam Pros is the leading specialist in residential and commercial spray foam installations. Feel free to consult with us if you would like to discuss whether spray foam insulation is the right solution for you.
Do I Need to Insulate My Crawl Space?
There are many homeowners who choose to insulate the floor joist of their home rather than encapsulating the crawl space. While this can help to decrease air leakage, it may not necessarily result in better energy efficiency. This is because utilities such as water heaters, furnaces, plumbing pipes, and air vents are often stored in the crawl space. During the winter, an unconditioned crawl space, as well as everything within it, can become extremely cold. As a result, your utilities will be forced to work harder to compensate and will wind up consuming more energy in the process. The best way to improve the energy efficiency of your home is to make sure that your crawl space is properly insulated with the highest performing insulation product your budget will allow. In particular, extra attention should be paid to the rim joists of your home where the majority of crawl space air leakage tends to occur.
Which Type of Insulation is Best for a Crawl Space?
Closed-cell spray foam is the best product for insulating a crawl space. Not only does it offer exceptional insulative properties but it is also airtight and water resistant, which is an essential quality for any insulation material that will be used in a crawl space. Because of its high installation cost, many of our customers choose to use a combination of rigid foam and closed-cell spray foam insulation as a more cost-effective alternative. Depending on your budget and other considerations, we can help you find a budget-friendly and energy efficient solution for insulating your crawl space. Contact us if you would like further assistance or advice from our insulation experts.