Just because they are generally out of sight, your basement and crawlspace shouldn’t be out of mind when it comes to proper insulation. In fact, basements and crawlspaces are often the sites of considerable heat loss, leaving a chill in your home and causing your utility bills to soar.
Common Energy Efficiency Problems Involving Basements and Crawlspaces
Spurred into action by rising energy costs and important environmental concerns, more and more homeowners are making proper insulation a top priority. Those that fail to prioritize their basement/crawlspace areas, however, are making a serious mistake.
Leakage through permeations in the foundation and ground-floor structure of your home can allow large amounts of warm air to escape in the winter and large amounts of cool air to escape in the summer. These leaks, among other common issues in your basement and/or crawlspace, can result in terrible energy efficiency, increased carbon footprint, and higher HVAC expenditures.
It is also essential to consider other specific problems that a properly sealed and insulated basement and/or crawlspace can stop or prevent. Because these subterranean areas are likely to collect moisture, a drafty and uninsulated basement or crawlspace can be a breeding ground for mold, mildew, and fungus.
What a Properly Insulated Basement or Crawlspace Can Do for You
With the help of a trusted insulation professional, you can dramatically boost your basement/crawlspace energy efficiency with extremely low upfront home improvement costs. Furthermore, you stand to protect and improve your basement/crawlspace areas in a variety of ways.
Valley Home Insulation can help you keep your home at the optimum temperature and humidity level. This can help you stop unwanted biological growth and keep your home free of unpleasant odors.
By preventing toxic mold from forming, you protect yourself and your family from a whole host of troubling health problems. Because basements and crawlspaces often let unfiltered air into your home, sealing and insulating these areas can also significantly improve indoor air quality by reducing the number of internal airborne pollutants. Highly durable forms of insulation can even protect your home from infestation by various household pests.
Proper basement/crawlspace sealing and insulation can also make your home considerably more comfortable by preventing drafts, keeping floors warm, and promoting even heating throughout. Insulation can also play a critical role in preventing frozen pipes from flooding your basement and/or crawlspace in the winter. The need to protect these underground areas from flooding and moisture becomes even more urgent when you stop to consider the important and perhaps irreplaceable belongings that you are storing there.
To Learn More
A Mass Save Contractor, Valley Home Insulation offers no-cost energy assessments and insulation upgrades with a 75% instant rebate. If you live in Massachusetts, you can schedule an assessment that includes a specific focus on your basement and/or crawlspace by calling (978) 984-7338. You can also request a no-obligation energy assessment by contacting us today.