Crawl Space Insulation in Kansas
When it comes to insulation, your crawl space and your basement floor are the areas of your home that need the most attention. Crawl spaces are shallow structures installed directly into the dirt under your home. As such, they tend to soak up the natural cold of the earth around your home and transfer it to the air in your crawl space. This also causes large fluctuations in humidity if the crawl space is not encapsulated.
If you have utilities in your crawl space such as your water heater, furnace, or hot water pipes, your energy bills will suffer. The fluctuation in temperature will force your heating and air conditioning systems to work harder, causing your energy costs to rise. These changes in temperature and humidity levels can also cause mold to thrive in the crawl space. For your crawl space insulation to perform like it should, it’s essential to install the right type of insulation, the right amount of insulation, and use the correct installation technique.
At Lamunyon Dry Out & Foundation Repair, we can improve the condition of your crawl space and the living space above with products that are durable, long-lasting, and made especially for the crawl space environment. Call us today to get a free estimate in Manhattan, Junction City, Topeka, Abilene, Salina, McPherson, and the nearby areas.
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Signs of Crawl Space Insulation Problems:
- The floor above the crawl space is unpleasantly cold in wintertime
- During cold weather, you have to keep the heat going nearly all the time to be comfortable in rooms directly above the crawl space
- Mice or other pests have taken up residence in 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
Crawl Space Duct Insulation
If you've got a crawl space then there is a very high chance that your ducts for your heating and cooling system are running through there. When you have ducts that are running through an area that is either much warmer or much cooler than the interior of the home, it can cause a loss of efficiency as the air travels through those ducts. In order to help improve the efficiency of these systems as well as prevent any type of leaking into the crawl space, we provide air duct insulation services.
With our duct insulation, we will completely insulate and seal off your ducting from the crawl space environment. We will create a barrier around the ductwork that will prevent any temperature exchange while the air is moving through the crawl space. Doing this will not only keep your warm air warmer and your cool air cooler as it travels from your HVAC system to the vents, it will also help your crawl space at the correct humidity levels.
Many Homes Have The Wrong Style of Crawl Space Insulation
The old-fashioned way to insulate a crawl space was to install fiberglass batt insulation between joists and vent the crawl space so outside air could circulate beneath the house. Unfortunately, this combination usually leads to the problems listed above. Fiberglass insulation doesn’t respond well to the moist conditions that can be found in a crawl space.
The cotton-like material absorbs moisture, gets soggy, compresses and loses R-value. Fiberglass batts often end up on the crawl space floor in a soggy mess. The main advantage of fiberglass insulation — low cost — is totally negated when the material ceases to perform its main function.
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 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.
Is a Warranty offered for crawlspace encapsulation?
Yes! Lamunyon proudly offers a 25 year warranty on the CleanSpace crawlspace vinyl liner. There is also a 20 year warranty on SilverGlo, a EPS foam board, sometimes used in crawl space encapsulation. Our warranties are transferable, so you have future piece of mind too. For full details, ask your specialist or call us today.
Lamunyon Dry Out & Foundation Repair is the local expert for insulation and home comfort!
Don’t deal with cold, uncomfortable floors any longer! Contact Lamunyon Dry Out & Foundation Repair today to schedule a free estimate for crawl space insulation services.