The Impact of a Crawl Space on Air Quality in a Home

Monday, June 2nd, 2014 by Sarah

Your crawl space is one of the most important areas of your home, yet it's often the most neglected and least understood. Although it's not part of your living space, your crawl space still had a direct impact on the quality of the air in your home.

As air warms in your crawl space, it moves upward in what's known as the stack effect. Air from your crawl space moves upward and infiltrates your home through duct work, flooring gaps, wiring holes, plumbing and any other access points it can find. This can have a huge impact on the quality of air in your home, depending on the state of your crawl space. In fact, up to 40% of the air in the first floor of your home originates from the crawl space or basement.

There are many health problems associated with unconditioned crawl spaces, including allergies and asthma aggravated by the presence of mold and odors. In addition, the health of your home will suffer over time as well, as excessive crawl space moisture can cause subfloor, floor joist and sill plate problems.

In order to avoid these problems, you should consider having your crawl space conditioned. Burke Construction is the area's leading crawl space conditioning company, using the CleanSpace Crawl Space system to ensure your crawl space is waterproof and no longer a threat to your health and your home. For more information and a free quote, please contact us today.

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