Traditionally, homeowners have their crawl spaces vented. Many believe that venting the crawl space will reduce moisture levels, which will prevent mold and mildew. Unfortunately, venting your crawl space isn't as good for your home as once thought.
Contrary to popular belief, it may actually be better to have your crawl space encapsulated or sealed. While it might sound odd, there are actually several good reasons to consider sealing off your crawl space. Here's just four good reasons:
1. Improved Comfort
Sealing, or encapsulating, your crawl space can actually make your home more comfortable. Because your crawl space will no longer be subjected to cold or hot temperatures from the outside, the interior of your home will stay at a much more comfortable temperature.
2. Less Strain on HVAC System
Going hand-in-hand with the above benefit, your HVAC system may actually last a few years longer if you encapsulate your crawl space. Since your system won't need to work extra hard to keep your home at a comfortable temperature, it will likely last longer.
3. Improved Home Health and Air Quality
Another reason you might want to consider encapsulating your crawl space is because it can actually improve the health of your home. When the crawl space is sealed off, it is far less likely to grow mold or mildew. It might sound odd, but since damp air won't be able to get inside, it is much harder for mold to form. Add in a dehumidifier and your crawl space will be almost guaranteed to be mold-free. When there is no mold or mildew in your home, it improves the air quality.
4. Keeps Pests Out
Encapsulating your crawl space also makes it difficult for animals to enter your home. This is another handy benefit, because bugs and birds won't be making your home their home. This also helps to improve the air quality of your home. Since animals won't be leaving their droppings or urine in your home, it won't be in the air; therefore, making your indoor air healthier.
As you can see, venting your crawl space isn't the only option—and it might not even be the best one, either. If you are thinking about venting or encapsulating your crawl space, talk to a qualified HVAC contractor such as Atlantic Heating and Cooling for more information. These professionals can help you make the right decision for your home.