Crawl Space Insulation Near Portland, Vancouver, Salem, Eugene, and Roseburg
While most individuals think about attic insulation, you can also save a lot of money by making your crawl space airtight. Crawl spaces are shallow structures installed beneath your home. While providing a protected place for utilities and plumbing pipes, crawl spaces can soak up the natural cold air beneath your home and transfer it into your living areas.
When that happens, your energy bills will suffer because of the fluctuating temperatures. For your crawl space insulation to perform as it should, it's essential to install the right type of insulation, the right amount of insulation, and use the correct installation technique. For customers in the Western Oregon and Southwest Washington areas, Josh Lowe's Dr. Energy Saver can help.
In this video, Dr. Energy Saver solves home comfort problems caused by an unsealed, uninsulated crawl space. Watch to see how to make your crawl space more energy efficient!
Signs of Poor Crawl Space Insulation
To know what needs correcting at your home, you must know the signs of inadequate crawl space insulation. Common signs include:
- The floor above the crawl space is unpleasantly cold in the winter.
- During cold weather, you have to keep the heat going constantly to be comfortable in rooms directly above the crawl space.
- Mice or other pests have moved into fiberglass insulation installed between joists in the crawl space.
- Fiberglass batt insulation has fallen out of place from between floor joists in the crawl space.
- The crawl space smells moldy, has visible signs of mold, and/or is damp all the time.
Protect Your Home with Rigid Foam Insulation
The traditional insulation approach in a crawl space -- fiberglass batt insulation between joists, with vents the crawl space -- is outdated and ineffective. This combination creates as many problems as it solves because fiberglass doesn’t respond well to the moist conditions common in crawl spaces.
That is why Josh Lowe's Dr. Energy Saver recommends protecting your crawl space with rigid foam insulation. That will boost your R-value while lowering your energy bills and your frustration level. The benefits include:
Long-lasting. Rigid foam insulation can’t be damaged by moisture and won’t degrade in appearance or R-value over time. In a crawl space, it’s usually installed against the interior face of foundation walls.
Benefits of insulating your crawl space with rigid foam
- Stable and reliable. Unlike fiberglass insulation, rigid foam won’t compress, fall out of place or lose its R-value over time. It’s definitely a “once-and-done” improvement.
- Effective air sealing. When joints between foam panels are taped, rigid foam stops air leaks that can waste energy. Fiberglass insulation can’t stop air movement.
- Moisture-proof. Rigid foam won’t absorb moisture or be damaged by it.
- Unfriendly to mold. Mold can’t take hold on rigid foam because it contains no organic food source and it doesn’t hold moisture.
- Better ductwork performance. Ducts located in the crawl space benefit from rigid foam installed against crawl space walls.
In addition to outperforming fiberglass insulation in a crawl space, rigid foam panels are manufactured in different thicknesses for multiple levels of protection. Panels are secured with adhesive or mechanical fasteners. These panels will deliver the same performance and benefits in Year 15 as it does on Day 1.
Trust Josh Lowe's Dr. Energy Saver to Protect Your Crawl Space in Western Oregon and SW Washington
Call 541-485-2282 or contact us online to schedule a free estimate for crawl space insulation in Eugene, Salem, Hillsboro, Portland, Keizer, Woodburn, and their surrounding communities. Josh Lowe's Dr. Energy Saver is your trusted insulation company serving the Western Oregon and Southwest Washington areas. We also offer a comprehensive home energy audit, which we use to fully diagnose the causes of your home's energy issues.