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The crawlspace is a very common element found in homes located throughout Frankfort, IL. Many homeowners and their families go throughout their days without really even thinking about their crawlspaces, taking an “out of sight, out of mind” approach to the mysterious part of the home that sits below our living spaces. The thing is, untreated crawlspaces can actually have a negative effect on home performance, including contributing to poor indoor air quality.
Fortunately, there’s a solution to the problems associated with crawlspaces.
Why Treat Crawlspaces?
The crawlspace is typically the least tended-to part of the home. Because of this, the moisture content of the crawlspace’s air is not typically monitored. The unmonitored nature of the crawlspace allows for the perfect environment for moisture to propagate, especially considering the impact of changing temperatures, excessive rain and a lack of a proper vapor barrier.
Unfortunately, moisture doesn’t just stop at that—it typically leads to mold and rot. This isn’t only problematic for the structural integrity of your home, but can also negatively impact the health and safety of you and your family through the distribution of harmful mycotoxins.
Dirt, Dust and Contaminants
Mold isn’t the only concern associated with our crawlspaces. Since these areas tend to be ultimately neglected in comparison to other parts of the home, they’re a veritable breeding ground for a buildup of contaminants, including:
It’s not uncommon to assume that these contaminants will stay within the crawlspace, but this is unfortunately not true. Air passes throughout the crawlspaces and rises through the home due to something called “stack effect,” carrying these contaminants into your living spaces and putting you and your family at risk. This can have a noticeable effect on indoor air quality and should be addressed swiftly.
Assured Energy Solutions Can Help
At Assured Energy Solutions, we know that ignoring the crawlspaces within our homes doesn’t do anyone any favors. Our team of home performance professionals can air seal and insulate your crawlspace to ensure that contaminants and energy consumption no longer remain issues, reducing your monthly energy costs by as much as 40%. Between reduced costs, improved indoor air quality and a safer home environment, air sealing and insulating a crawlspace is perhaps the most effective home upgrade that homeowners in Frankfort, IL can perform.
Ready to learn more about how to encapsulate your crawlspace? Contact us today to schedule an appointment.