As the temperatures drop and Michigan’s cold weather starts to settle in, it’s time for homeowners to start thinking about preparing their homes for winter. Many homeowners worry about cold floors, high heating bills and bursting plumbing pipes. These are common complaints we hear from homeowners with the colder weather.
One of the best ways to get your house ready for winter is with insulation. If you live above a crawl space and don’t have it properly sealed and insulated, you’re going to feel the cold Michigan weather this winter.
According to the US Department of Energy, “If you properly insulate your crawl space—in addition to air sealing and controlling moisture, you will save on energy costs and increase your home's comfort.” With the recent increase in home heating and cooling costs, this investment can really pay off in reduced heating and cooling bills.
Far too often, we see crawl spaces that are vented. Ventilation in the summer brings humid air into the home, and in the winter makes it difficult to keep crawl spaces warm.
If you have vents in the crawl space, the first step is to properly seal the vents to maintain proper moisture control. Additionally, adding proper insulation to the space will warm your floors and allow water heaters, furnaces, heating ducts and hot water pipes to work efficiently. Without insulation, these heat-generating utilities will be forced to work that much harder.
At Foundation Systems of Michigan we have what you need to encapsulate your crawl space and upgrade its energy efficiency. We offer an insulation package that includes our exclusive EnerLoc® System, a rigid foam board insulation with a glass-fiber reinforced foam core. It has a high insulation value with an R-15 rating, and is flame resistant. EnerLoc® won't absorb moisture and reduces the potential for condensation. We also poly-foam any seams that may allow air infiltration, and insulate the bond with R30 fiberglass insulation.
Our warranteed products can make your home more energy efficient than ever! For a free, no-obligation, inspection, call us today, before the cold weather gets here.