Cold feet isn’t all you have to worry about this winter if you have a crawl space.

AdobeStock 97226732Colder weather is here and while everyone loves the snow and hot chocolate, we’d all feel a lot better if the cold stayed out and our homes remained as warm and comfortable as we’d like it to be. Compared to the rest of the house, the crawl space is seldom seen, rarely used and as much as you might not want to admit it, neglected.

Unfortunately there isn’t a way to prevent air from entering your crawl space, whether hot or cold. During colder months, drafts of cold air will lower the overall temperature of your house; the natural temperature of a crawl space should be about 50 degrees.  As the cold from your crawl space spreads through the house, your heating system will have to work extra hard to combat the cold, this undoubtedly will lead to higher utility bills.

High utility bills and cold feet aren’t the greatest pair but if the necessary precautions aren’t made to your crawl space, that’s exactly what you’ll have to deal with. The floors above a crawl space are infamous for being cold. Homeowners are in direct contact with the floors of their house more often than any other surface in the home so when the floors are cold, it can become a source of discomfort for all who live there.

Additionally, up to 40% of a house’s air comes from the crawl space and this causes what is referred to as the stack effect. This effect is responsible for the air movement throughout your home. Now you might be thinking “what’s the big deal about that?” Well, this “stack effect” allows dust mites, mold, mildew and other nasty odors to travel through your home and into the air you and your family breathe.

It’s believed that insulation to your floors or the roof of your crawl space will keep your home warmer during the colder months and though this might be a quick fix, it doesn’t solve the problem and we believe that an ounce of prevention is worth more than a pound of cure. The bigger issue here is the moisture caused by humidity in your crawl space. At Sedona Waterproofing, we offer crawl space care! Contact us today to learn more about how you can ensure your family is breathing in the best air!