Because homeowners in Pacific Palisades want to protect their home and family, it is important for them to be aware of the effect that their home’s crawl space has on energy bills, as well as the health and safety of family members! A home’s crawl space is that (often unfinished) area under the home which provides access to plumbing or wiring. Such a vented, dirt-floor crawl space can actually raise heating and cooling bills by 15% to 25% every month! This is because the crawl space’s ground temperature typically hovers around 55 degrees year-round, and so when the area is vented to the outside, warm, humid air spills inside, raising the air’s relative humidity. And when the relative humidity of the air inside of a home goes up, it takes longer to heat or cool the home, which in turn increases energy costs!
But wait, there’s more! Because virtually all homes are built out of organic material such as fiberboard, plywood, and lumber, such warm, humid air circulating throughout the home provides a perfect environment for mold, mildew, and fungus to grow! This nasty stuff can rot a home from the inside out, as well as release nasty spores into the air, irritating lungs, inflaming allergies, and triggering various pulmonary illnesses!
The good news is that there’s a great solution that Pacific Palisades homeowners can use to deal with these issues! Your local Weinstein Construction specialists can install a crawl space encapsulation system which covers vents, includes an efficient dehumidifier, and lines the entire crawl space with a layer of durable polyethylene which seals and protects the area from moisture and assault by mold, mildew, fungus, and dying critters!