Crawl space Insulation a.k.a. Floor Insulation
A properly insulated crawl space can help reduce heating and cooling costs of your home
as well as increase it’s value!
Why should I insulate my crawlspace?
Crawl space Insulation is a commonly overlooked area that can decrease your home’s energy efficiency; Our insulation technician will look in your crawl space for these red flags:
- No insulation between the floor joists.
- No insulation on water pipes.
- Loose insulation.
- Standing water in the crawl space.
- Gaps between sub floor and insulation.
- Minimum of 6 mil of black plastic as a vapor barrier.
If you see any of these red flags, you need a crawl space insulation upgrade. A one-time fix from Northwest Insulation will have your home as energy efficient as it can be!
Crawl space insulation has only been required in newly constructed homes since 1992. Up to 25% of the heat in your home could be lost through an un-insulated crawlspace. Think about all of the cold space under your home that is drawing away the energy that you’ve paid for! The US Department of Energy recommends a minimum of an r-25 insulation installed in all homes.
Why should I have a Vapor Barrier?
If you go down in your crawl space and see crawl space insulation without something protecting it, that is probably because the insulation does not have a vapor barrier. This piece of plastic helps keep moisture from entering the insulation. It also protects that moisture from then going inside your home. For more information on vapor barriers, check energy.gov.
ENHANCED WEATHERIZATION OPTIONS
1. Vapor Barrier & Ground Cover:
- A thick layer of plastic installed on the ground inside a crawl space.
- Helps to prevent excessive moisture.
- Reduces harmful mold and mildew.
- Can deter critters and bugs.
- Protects your insulation investment.
2. Water Pipes:
- A thermal barrier to prevent energy loss through your water pipes.
- Protects your water pipes from freezing.
- Keeps the water in your pipes hotter for longer.
3. Floor Air Sealing
Sealing of holes in your living space using compressed fiberglass.
- Prevents air leakage into your home.
- Can deter critters and bugs.
- Improved comfort.
FAQ's ABOUT Crawl Space INSULATION
One of our trusted Technicians will help you determine what you will need to properly insulate your crawlspace. This process includes: #1 Identifying the type of crawlspace you have. #2 The type of crawl space insulation that is best suited for your application. #3 Determining how much crawl space insulation you’ll need and. #4 Key components to help ensure you’ll achieve a well insulated crawlspace.
Crawlspaces can cause problems if they are not properly insulated and sealed. For instance, some crawlspaces contain water pipes which can freeze and burst. Sometimes, they may contain under insulated or bare heating air conditioning ducts which can cost you money. Insulating the crawlspace can help prevent this from occurring. An under insulated or bare crawlspace can make the floor above it colder in winter and hotter in the summer. This affects the comfort of the home’s inhabitants. Therefore, if your home has a crawlspace, call to have us do a free audit to determine if it is properly insulated.
503-691-9900 or send in an audit request. We can come check out your attic insulation and any other energy efficiency concerns you may have at no cost.