Crawlspace encapsulation is the practice of sealing the walls, floor, and ceiling of a crawlspace with a tough, waterproof barrier. This seals out moisture from the ground, bugs, allergens, and mold, resulting in reduced humidity and better air quality in your home. There are two main reasons to have your crawlspace encapsulated: to improve the air quality in your house, and to lower your utility bills.
The indoor air quality of your home depends a lot on the state of your crawlspace. The general movement of air inside your home is from the bottom to the top, so a large portion of the air moving into your home is first passing through your crawlspace. This means that if your crawlspace is moist, moldy, and drafty, then the normal movement of air will bring humidity, spores, and odors into your home. This can result in poor indoor air quality, a weakening of the wooden structures in your home, toxic mold, and air that is generally not fresh feeling.
Moisture is the biggest enemy of good indoor air quality. Moisture attracts bugs and allergens, and provides the ultimate breeding ground for mold and bacteria. That means that houses in humid states like Georgia could benefit the most from encapsulation. Encapsulating your crawlspace results in a lower energy bill because it seals off a major cause of draft within your home. A crawlspace that is not encapsulated sucks in a lot of outside air, making your HVAC units work harder all year round. Because encapsulation reduces moisture in the air, it provides an extra boost to your AC unit in the summer, and relieves pressure on dehumidifiers and AC drainage.
Having your crawlspace encapsulated is one of the best things you can do for your home, resulting in cleaner air, a noticeable decrease in your utility bill, fresher smelling/feeling air, and fewer allergens passing through your house. Call Bardi Heating, Cooling and Plumbing today to find out about our encapsulation services.
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