Many homeowners don’t realize the impact that their dirty crawlspace has in relation to the health and energy efficiency of their home. We only think of our crawlspaces a couple of times per year when the musty, moldy smell returns. We like to pretend that the crawlspace doesn’t have an effect on our home as long as we don’t open the hatch. The crawlspace is actually one of the most important areas of our homes. The health of a home begins in the crawlspace.
The natural airflow in your home has a chimney effect. Outside air is drawn into the lowest levels of the home and rises, like the air within a chimney, throughout the upper levels of the house. Studies have shown that up to 60% of the air that you breathe in the first floor of your home comes from your crawlspace or basement. This is why your crawlspace is so important to your families health.
The air in a humid crawlspace is full of mold, fungi, dust mites and other allergens. Breathing this air can cause increased allergies, asthma and other respiratory problems. The contaminated air can poison your family with very dangerous toxins. It is extremely important to correct this potentially hazardous situation before problems occur.
The Healthy Home Liner is a thick sandwich of high strength polyethylene with an added layer of cord reinforcement. This makes it virtually puncture and tear resistant. The bright, white finish really creates a clean, bright environment in the crawlspace, which adds value to your home.
25 YEAR WARRANTY AGAINST PUNCTURES AND TEARS
An unsealed, non-insulated and drafty crawlspace leads to higher energy costs throughout the year. Open vents can create huge drafts within a home. Open vents are like leaving the windows in the house open to the outside air. This cold air blows through the house robbing you of the money you just spent to condition your inside air. These vents also bring in humid air in the summer. It is harder to cool humid air than dry air.
In many cases, up to 20% of a home’s energy is lost through the basement and crawlspace foundation walls. The concrete walls are large, cool masses of concrete that draw in warm conditioned air. Closing the vents and insulating the walls can greatly increase the energy efficiency in your home and save you money. In time, properly insulating your crawlspace will pay for itself.
Even after encapsulating the crawlspace and sealing off the vents, most crawlspaces will still need dehumidification. The crawlspace is basically a vacuum that draws in outside air, and it is nearly impossible to seal out all of the outside air from the crawlspace. During the summer months, outside air will infiltrate into the crawlspace and cause increased humidity levels.