Having a home with a crawl space has its pros and cons. On one hand, this area underneath your home can house essential systems like HVAC equipment and ductwork, as well as plumbing pipes and electrical wires. On the other hand, a crawl space is typically an area that doesn’t get much attention, and it can become an unhealthy, unsightly, dangerous area.
Greater Charlotte is naturally wet and humid, making it challenging to get a handle on interior moisture issues, especially in a crawl space. That’s why encapsulating your crawl space with a vapor barrier is such an important solution. But it’s only one piece of the puzzle. To keep your crawl space dry and healthy, it’s also important to include a dehumidifier with your crawl space encapsulation.
Read on to learn more about why an encapsulated crawl space also needs a dehumidifier, how your home can benefit from this installation, and how your local crawl space experts at Dry Pro Foundation and Crawlspace Specialists can help!
7 Reasons Why Your Encapsulated Crawl Space Needs a Dehumidifier
Your crawl space and home can benefit from adding a dehumidifier to your vapor barrier encapsulation in many ways, including:
Controlling Moisture and Humidity
A reliable vapor barrier goes a long way in preventing humidity and moisture intrusion in a crawl space, and a dehumidifier is an extra step in further protecting your home from those nuisances. A dehumidifier conditions the air by drawing in any warmer, humid air, condensing and cooling it, and blowing out cooler, drier, healthier air.
Decreasing the Chance of Mold Growth
In the same vein, with less moisture and humidity in the air, there is a decreased chance of mold growing in your crawl space. Mold thrives in damp, moist, dark areas with organic material to feed on, and it typically starts to sprout when relative humidity reaches above the 50 to 60 percent range. Setting a crawl space dehumidifier to 30 to 50 percent humidity will help create an inhospitable area for mold.
Making Your Crawl Space Less Attractive to Pests
Like mold, pests also are drawn to isolated areas like a crawl space that is dark, damp, and has organic matter to feed on and nest in. Sealing your crawl space with a thick and durable vapor barrier, rigid insulation panels, and airtight vent covers makes it more difficult for pests to get inside in the first place. But creating a dry, healthy environment for you and your home makes your crawl space less attractive to pests like bugs and small animals that would otherwise call your crawl space home.
Cleaning and Filtering the Air
As we’ve mentioned above, a dehumidifier conditions the air in your crawl space. This also involves cleaning and filtering it. Dry Pro’s dehumidifiers are equipped with high-quality filters that protect your home from pollutants like dust mites, mold spores, and more. This makes the air in your home healthier to breathe and can reduce asthma and allergy flare-ups
In the same vein as cleaning and filtering the air, dehumidifiers also help rid your crawl space and home of musty and unpleasant odors, leaving healthier and cleaner air to circulate.
Increasing Energy Efficiency
Because areas like Charlotte and Hickory are naturally humid, you might be wondering if a dehumidifier would just continue to run and drive up your electric bill. This is typical of conventional dehumidifiers, which have no place in a crawl space. But our energy-efficient units designed specifically for a crawl space environment cycle less often while still highly functioning to keep your humidity in check. Our dehumidifiers also can help lower your energy bills.
Enhancing Structural Integrity
In humid environments, rot can attack wooden joists and corrosion can weaken metal supports. As we have mentioned above, by combining encapsulation with a vapor barrier and a dehumidifier, your crawl space will have less moisture and humidity to contend with. This means a longer lifespan for essentials like floor joists and supports in your crawl space, as well as your home’s protected structural integrity.
Protect Your Crawl Space with a Dry Pro Dehumidifier
As you can see, your family and home’s health and safety can greatly benefit by adding a dehumidifier to your encapsulated crawl space. Keep them protected by reaching out to the professionals at Dry Pro Foundation and Crawlspace Specialists for a free crawl space inspection and repair quote. We will evaluate your crawl space and recommend solutions specifically tailored to your repair needs, which can include a vapor barrier and dehumidifier.