Basement or crawl space insulation is another one of those areas that homeowners tend to overlook. They are more focused on the attic or exterior walls and don’t really consider insulating the areas beneath their home. Adding insulation to basements or crawl spaces can prevent unwanted air infiltration from entering the home to affect thermal management.
Homeowners must pay special attention to ensure that all box sills are well-insulated and sealed to prevent cold air from coming into their basements. This is true of both new and existing home construction. The simple addition of spray foam insulation to box sills can help to prevent outside air from entering the structure through the basement and to negatively affect the overall temperature regulation and thermal management of the home.
Crawl Space Insulation
The space underneath your home can also become a problem for regulating temperatures. The crawl space area of your home is extremely vulnerable to deterioration and moisture due to direct contact with the soil. Soil has a high level of humidity, contributing to the problems within this type of space, making it ideal for mold and mildew growth, as well as an attractive living space for rodents and pests.
The natural airflow of a structure goes from bottom to top, which means that the air in your basement or crawlspace will naturally flow up and into the rest of your home. This includes moist air, along with all of the unhealthy elements contained within it. The best way to keep the air from your crawl space from entering your living areas is to seal all air leaks and spaces with spray foam insulation.
For more information about the options available for insulating your basement or crawl space in existing and new construction, please visit the section on Insulation Materials and Spray on Icynene to learn more about foam insulation. Contact Richie’s Insulation via 508-678-4474 for more information or to receive a consultation on basement or crawl space insulation.