There are many different ways to ventilate your crawlspace correctly. In fact, it’s essential to combat a homeowner’s worst nightmare: moisture. Here are three reasons why Easton, MD, homeowners should ensure they have proper crawlspace ventilation now and moving forward.
Crawlspace Ventilation Prevents Structural Damage
Crawlspaces are moisture magnets. Your floor joists — your home’s foundation — is in the crawlspace. Over time, moisture eats away at your beams and causes pipes to corrode. Uneven floors and a shifting foundation are two problems stemming from a damp crawlspace, to say nothing of the critters and insects that love moist environments.
Improves Indoor Air Quality
Moisture also causes musty odors and bacterial growth. Since air rises, the air in your crawlspace will eventually migrate into your home. Nearly 50% of the air your family breathes on the first floor of your home comes from the crawlspace. Air migration means spores and other pollutants will also find their way into your living space, degrading your air quality. Poor indoor air contributes to headaches, fatigue, and other health issues. It also triggers asthma and allergy attacks.
Saves on Energy Costs
Improper ventilation in your crawlspace creates hot and humid air. As this air seeps into your living space, your air conditioner must work overtime to counteract its effects. The more your AC system runs, the higher your electric bill climbs. With the extra workout, HVAC maintenance becomes even more critical to ensure your system works efficiently and doesn’t wear out prematurely. Additionally, if your insulation gets wet, it won’t function correctly and may lead to higher heating bills in the colder months.
Why take a chance with poor indoor air quality and other problems stemming from poor ventilation in your crawlspace? To learn more, check out Griffith Energy Services’ indoor air quality page or call us for more information.
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