The Impact Insulating a Crawlspace Has on Utilities

In many homes, a substantial amount of climate-controlled air can escape through the attic. This is particularly true if the attic is not properly insulated. The basement and crawlspace, however, are a close second with regards to energy inefficiency issues. You may not immediately think about insulating your crawlspace, and you may assume that this would have minimal benefit for you to enjoy because of the remote location of the crawlspace in your home. The reality is that insulating a crawlspace can play a dramatic role on energy consumption and the cost of utilities bills almost year-round.

Reduction of the Loss of Climate-Controlled Air
When your crawlspace is not insulated or when it is poorly insulated, climate-controlled air can easily transfer through the walls. Likewise, outdoor air that may be very warm or cold can transfer through the walls. This can make the air coming up through your floors warmer in the summer and cooler in the winter. Your HVAC system may need to work overtime in order to keep your home as comfortable as possible when temperatures are very high or low.

Eliminate Air Leaks
Temperature transfer can occur directly through the walls, but you also may have larger air leaks that allow air to directly enter the home or escape through the floor. In many cases, these are small leaks that you may not notice. However, when air is constantly leaking into or out of the home in this fashion, it can ultimately create a huge drain on your finances in the form of higher energy bills. When insulation is added to the crawlspace, the leaks can be managed. Some insulation, such as spray foam insulation, may complete seal the leaks.

Reduce Drafts
When your home is drafty, you may constantly adjust the thermostat to achieve a certain level of comfort in the home. This constant adjustment of the thermostat settings can result in higher than necessary energy costs. Drafts can be caused by several factors, including air leaks and temperature transfer through the floor. If your home is drafty, you can begin addressing the problem by insulating the crawlspace or by updating the current crawlspace insulation. You can also take additional efforts, such as by sealing doors and windows.

Crawlspace insulation may be seemingly unimportant at first glance, but you can see that it plays a major role on energy consumption and utilities expenses. If you are unhappy with your home’s utilities bills or if you want to improve your comfort level in the home, it makes sense to inspect your crawlspace insulation. If you discover that the area is not insulated or that it is not properly insulated, now is a great time contact a professional about insulating the crawlspace.