Conditioned Crawl Spaces
Why condition a crawl space?
Open, unconditioned crawl spaces can facilitate a host of issues that prove harmful to the health of a home and potentially its residents. Especially in climates where residents combat outdoor heat and humidity with indoor air conditioning, moisture created by condensation beneath the home can wreak silent havoc as it rots wood, attracts pests (including termites) and promotes the growth of hazardous mold and mildew. These issues not only affect a home's structure, but often also migrate into the air, spaces and surfaces of its indoor living areas. The costs of enduring or mitigating household damage and personal health effects can eventually run deep. And in terms of budget health, the exchange and loss of heated and cooled air through an open, unconditioned crawl space translates simply to waste.
A conditioned crawl space addresses the causes and effects of these issues with case-by-case solutions that often include: the installation of moisture/vapor barriers, new and/or replacement insulation, water damage (and cause) repair, vent sealing, flood pumps when necessary, and other protective and preventative measures.