How does the Crawl Space vapor barrier save me energy?
Posted On May 3, 2021
The most common question many homeowners ask before contacting encapsulation experts is whether isolating the driveway can save energy costs. The main reason for this obvious question is usually a lack of understanding of what is actually involved in crawl space encapsulation. This definitive guide is intended to provide you with information on the entire process of isolation and encapsulation.
What is this type of encapsulation?
The process of such encapsulation involves the installation of a barrier in your crawl space. This barrier is installed on the floor, walls and ventilation ducts. The main reason for installing crawl space insulation is to prevent water from entering the space. It also prevents pests and other insects from infesting your spaces, increasing the durability of your home and reducing maintenance and repair costs.
How does this work?
Encapsulation works through what is commonly known as the stack effect. Stack Effect explains the movement of air in your home. Ideally, hot air has less density than cold air. Therefore, cold air rises and enters the lower sections of your house to replace it. This cycle is repeated again and again. With this type of insulation installed safely, the movement of this air is regulated, something that contributes greatly to reducing the amount of air conditioning you have to do and, subsequently, your energy bills.
What are the symptoms?
In most cases, there will be a foul odor emanating from the access space. This is an indication that moisture has seeped into your access space and that you are in urgent need of repair or installation of a vapor barrier in the space. The unpleasant odor is caused by rot and mold and mildew growth in the driveway. Moisture is the only factor that leads to rotting and decay of wooden floor joists.
How does insulation help me save energy costs?
Without proper encapsulation in your driveway, moisture tends to build up and spread to other parts of your home. If you have ever tried to heat your home on a wet winter day, you should know that heating your home on a wet day takes a little longer than heating your home on a dry day.
The difference in time it takes to heat a wet versus a dry home could make a big difference in energy costs. In fact, experts estimate that you can save up to 15-25% on your energy costs by installing such a vapor barrier.
There you go! Of course, there are many more benefits to be gained from insulation. Enjoy cleaner air in your home, the durability of your home is assured, and the value of your home increases. Why not speak to an encapsulation expert and see what other benefits are there?