Why It's Smart to Insulate Your Crawl Space

Thursday, February 27th, 2014 by Michael Sorrentino

Foam board crawl space insulation installed in Eugene

Josh Lowe's Dr. Energy Saver uses SilverGlo rigid foam insulation panels from Dr. Energy Saver to insulate the crawl space, because rigid foam can't be damaged by moisture.

Our company has been providing quality weatherization services to the OR & Southwest WA area since 2006. As a new member of the nationally-backed Dr. Energy Saver dealer network, the team at Josh Lowe's Dr. Energy Saver receives on-going training on the latest energy-saving practices.

Dr. Energy Saver offers patented, proven methods and critically-acclaimed products to safely and effectively insulate homes throughout the United States and internationally. Josh Lowe's Dr. Energy Saver is your locally owned, nationally supported one-stop-shop for all things energy efficient.

The crawl space is one of the most important locations within the home. Too many homeowners overlook the crawl space and its affect on the space above, including the health risks posed. An unattended crawl space leaves your home envelope incomplete, and you could be directly losing money through crawl space inefficiency.

One of the most important factors involving the crawl space is something called the “stack effect.” Your home’s air flow always travels from the bottom of the house up into the upper floors, where it is finally exhaled out through the attic. This means that outside air flows into your crawl space, and then circulates up into the home. Without proper crawl space sealing, the outside weather (and pollutants and pests) can creep into your home.

An unsealed crawl space is an easy pathway for moisture to enter the home. This seepage coupled with the stagnant air of a typical crawl space gives mold and fungus the perfect environment to grow and thrive. These molds can cause health complications like increased allergies and asthma symptoms, while the fungus can cause wood rot and structural damage. Preventing this unfortunate situation is crucially important for the health of your home as well as the people within it.

Once properly sealed, a crawl space needs to be insulated to achieve efficiency. Insulation also plays a significant role in preventing unwanted conditions like excess humidity, which in turn leads to the mold and fungus problems mentioned above. Insulation can also improve the overall comfort of your home and help minimize your energy expenses.

Using inorganic materials for insulation is a much safer practice these days, especially since fiberglass batts tend to absorb moisture and create even more surface area for molds. The CleanSpace crawl space vapor barrier system is made of a 20 mil liner- totally inorganic, and is an extremely effective solution for waterproofing and sealing your crawl space. Don’t let mold or fungus eat away at your home!

Crawl space insulation will help keep the rest of your home temperate and generate significant savings on your energy bill; as much as 15-20% annually. If you’re experiencing cold floors or your HVAC equipment is constantly running, you’ll benefit greatly from properly insulating your crawl space.

Josh Lowe's Dr. Energy Saver provides crawl space insulation services to residents in Portland, Vancouver, Salem, Hillsboro, McMinnville and nearby.

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Josh Lowe's Dr. Energy Saver
3922 West 1st Ave
Eugene, OR 97402