Crawl Space Insulation: Save Money and Keep Pests Outdoors

Everyone knows that residential insulation in Rhode Island is a great way to control temperature inside the home. In the winter months, insulation works to prevent heat loss, while helping to keep the cold air out and the warm air indoors. In the summer months, insulation works to prevent heat from getting inside and the keep cool air indoors.

In addition to temperature control, there are a couple of benefits to inspecting and updating your home’s insulation. Saving money on energy costs associated with temperature loss is one, but another is preventing pests from getting into your home. This is particularly true when it comes to crawl space insulation, which was often neglected by builders and homeowners just a few years ago. Depending on the age of your home, you might not have any crawl space insulation.

Measuring the volume of energy consumption that can be reduced and the total amount of money that can be saved by improving the insulation or adding insulation to your crawl space can be difficult. Each home is different, the existing insulation, vapor and air seals that exist will also be different, so some homeowners will see a bigger difference in their energy bills than others. The point is that you will see a difference.

Why is Crawl Space Insulation Important?

Crawl space insulation is an essential part of protecting your home from the cold weather in the winter and the heat in the summer. When cold air gets underneath your home and into the crawl space, the cold air cools down the floors, reducing the indoor climate inside the house in the winter months.

Crawl space insulation works by layering insulation materials under the floor to reduce that “cold feet” feeling in the morning and reduce the overall use of the heating system throughout the home. When heat is lost through the flooring and cold air enters the home, it works against the heating system and makes it less effective.

Industry experts estimate that approximately 15 percent of heat loss is possible through the floor of your home, despite the fact that heat rises. So it is important to use the proper materials and methods designed to insulate the crawl space and your flooring to prevent heat loss. The insulation materials that the installer recommends for your home will depend on a number of factors, such as the construction of the building and whether or not the space is ventilated or sealed against air leaks.

Types of Residential Insulation in Rhode Island

Different types of materials are available and preferred depending on where you live. For example, the type of residential insulation in Rhode Island will differ from the type of insulation materials recommended for homeowners in Arizona or Nevada. The materials used can range from Icynene spray foam to fiberglass rolls or blown-in cellulose insulation, depending upon the space that needs to be protected.

Another factor that may influence the type of residential insulation in Rhode Island is the area that you will be insulating. For example, interiors walls will use a different type of insulation than exterior walls. Floors that are exposed to more extreme temperatures of cold air in the winter will need a heavier, higher R-value type of insulation than second level flooring.

Tight spaces cannot be insulated with blown-in insulation or fiberglass rolls as well as they can be with the more advanced Icynene spray foam. However, the spray foam can also be used to create a much-needed vapor barrier in a crawl space area to prevent moisture from entering the structure and foundation of the home.

How Crawl Space Insulation Keeps Pests Outdoors

In addition to aiding in the temperature control and reduction of airflow in your home, crawl space insulation, also works to prevent rodents, insects and other pests from entering your home through the ground. This is true whether the space underneath your home is vented or not, and is a side benefit that is worth its weight in gold.

Icynene spray foam works to seal and insulate the area underneath your home. It prevents moisture, cold air in winter, hot air in summer and all sorts of creepy crawlies from being able to penetrate your home. It just makes sense that a product that has been proven to create a seal so tight that air and vapor cannot enter or escape would also fill the spaces in your walls and create a seal so strong that pests could not get through.

Where to Get Crawl Space Insulation

If you are looking to get an evaluation of or install residential insulation in Rhode Island, contact Richie’s Insulation. Located in Southeastern Massachusetts in Westport, Richie’s has a solid reputation for serving customers throughout Rhode Island, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Cape Cod. Richie’s can help you determine which insulation materials would work best to prevent heat loss and protect your home.