We have all probably heard of or endured a personal connection to a familiar story: the victim of lung cancer who “never smoked a day in their life.”
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Installing the vapor barrier in the crawl space as it’s being built eliminates the need for your contractor to have to maneuver in a cramped space down the line.
Oftentimes, new homes are built with floor-to-floor insulation, including insulation in the crawl space. But while insulation helps to regulate temperature and conserve energy, it doesn’t provide enough moisture protection. Crawl space encapsulation with a vapor barrier is a great way to ensure a drier, safer, and more energy efficient environment, but many new homeowners mistakenly overlook this crucial component to a healthy home.
To maximize energy efficiency at home, houses with crawl spaces should insulate, seal, and dehumidify this often neglected space. | Image Source: Stego® Industries, LLC
When homeowners want to prevent energy loss and reduce utility costs, they’re apt to replace drafty windows and doors or insulate walls and ceilings, but the crawl space may not immediately come to mind. Compared to the rest of the house, the crawl space is seldom seen, rarely used, and often neglected. And that neglect is a shame, because your crawl space is actually quite crucial to the overall energy efficiency of your home.
A colleague told me a story recently about a family of five who, in the midst of selling their house after living in it for seven years, found out their home had high levels of radon. The parents — who had both been smokers for years — didn’t have radon poisoning on their radar at all, but a radon test during a routine buyer inspection came back at 8.6 pCi/L, more than double the federal action limit. Doing some research, the mother found that at that high level, smokers are eight times more likely to get lung cancer from radon poisoning than non-smokers, so she was understandably concerned. Even more, the parents were worried about their three children, who had been exposed to the gas for most of their lives.