Crawlspace Insulation in Fairfield & New Haven County, Connecticut

Protect your home with green insulation

If your home feels cold even when your furnace is running full-blast, you might have crawlspace insulation issues. Insulating your crawl space properly will help you achieve the kind of energy-saving heating and cooling efficiency your home needs. In short, if your crawl space is not insulated the right way, you can expect to experience erratic temperatures around your home and energy costs that are higher than they should be.

Importance of Crawlspace Insulation

From the very start of construction of a new home, or even before you move into an old home you just renovated, air sealing and insulation are two important things to accomplish. You need to have old homes checked for insulation problems, and you need to have a new home insulated and air sealed properly. Before you can have your crawlspace insulated, you will first need to determine whether it is ventilated or unventilated.

Whether your crawlspace is ventilated or unventilated, an insulation contractor will know exactly what you need to have this insulated. For ventilated crawlspaces, the most likely scenario would be your contractor installing insulation under the subfloor. If the area is unventilated, insulation is usually installed on the walls of the crawlspace itself, with moisture barriers being added to prevent the seepage of vapors and moisture that can result in mold growth.

Choosing Your Crawlspace Insulation Material

While there are many green options for insulation available to you nowadays, crawlspace insulation often uses fiberglass instead of other materials. This is because of a number of reasons. The main reason is its durability and low cost when compared to other insulation options. Another reason why fiberglass insulation is chosen for this use is because it is fire retardant, and won’t deteriorate that easily.

Some people choose to use foam insulation, like the one that is made out of castor oil called Icynene. Polyurethane foam is also another option if foam insulation is what you want, and this is similar to fiberglass in durability. It has even been seen that polyurethane foam can actually add to the structural stability of your home due to its durability.

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What cannot be used in this instance are other green options that are not waterproof, or are sensitive to moisture. Examples of these are cotton and sheep’s wool insulation. You need to ensure that the insulation used in your crawlspace is resistant to moisture, and can withstand condensation, as well as vapors.

To find out more about crawlspace insulation, whether your house needs it or not, and what kind you should choose for your particular need, contact Climate Partners at 203-263-1068 today. You can also get in touch with us through our Contact Us page.

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