Protect Your Home with Insulation

You might be curious as to why you need to insulate your crawl space when you already have encapsulation. Believe CNT Foundations when say that insulating your crawl space is essential. Contact our contractors in Columbia today for a complimentary evaluation on crawl space insulation and encapsulation.

There are some foundation repair companies that will tell you that you’re "wasting money" when you install insulation and encapsulation together, but they are telling you a lie in order to get you to invest in their products. Insulation and encapsulation work together to protect your crawl space because the science behind the two works in two different ways; let’s take a look at how.


Insulation vs. Encapsulation

The main difference between these two products are that insulation is an attempt to control the temperature in your home while encapsulation handles moisture control. The building code says that insulation is important in your home in order to create a thermal barrier between your crawl space and your home. Insulation is designed to keep your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer. If you don’t have proper insulation, your crawl space will absorb all of your warm and cool air and blow up your electric bill.

Encapsulation is in charge of keeping humidity from getting into your crawl space and letting mold and mildew grow. Moisture can come from condensation caused by your home's A/C duct work or it creeps into your foundation from the ground. Pairing a dehumidifier with encapsulation is the best way to tackle humidity issues and keep your crawl space moisture-free. The two solutions need to be able to work together in your crawl space for the best results. It’s always important to note that humidity and moisture will have a negative effect on your crawl space, but it doesn't have an effect your home's temperature – that’s another problem entirely.

Insulation creates a thermal barrier that prevent heat sink, thereby tackling the temperature issue in your home.

A crawl space with new insulation laid down as well as hanging insulation from the ceiling

What is a thermal barrier?

Crawl space air has a different temperature than the air inside your house. If there is insufficient protection between your crawl space and floor, your HVAC has to work double time to regulate the air in both spaces, rather than just heating or cooling your home. Heat sink happens when the hot air in your house sinks into your crawl space and your HVAC has to work over time to balance the air in both spaces. Putting insulation between the first floor of your home and the top of your crawl space creates a thermal barrier to keep the air where it belongs in the summer and the winter. Your HVAC won't have to try to warm or cool your crawl space.

CNT Foundations dutifully adheres to the International Resident Code, The International Building Code, and the International Energy Code. These codes are all specific about how to develop your home and the building requirements that are intended to make your building more energy efficient. These regulations are not an option. Only inexperienced contractors are foolish enough to ignore the building code.

Avoid salesmen who are trying to sell you lies. Contact CNT Foundations at 803-667-4022 today to talk a general contractor that has the construction background and experience to do what's best for you, your family, and your home.