Crawl Space Insulation North Carolina Insulation Insulating Attic Capping Mold Crawl Space

Crawl Space Insulation North Carolina Insulation Insulating Attic Capping Mold Crawl Space

Insulation

Affordable Moisture & Energy Solutions understands the needs of homeowners in North Carolina. We understand in to days times saving money is at the top of everyones list. We have a deep understanding on energy savings and insulation needs.

Did you know that when you insulate certain areas of your home that you can actually cost yourself money on your monthly utility bills? That’s right. Cost yourself money. Not save. An example of costing yourself money would be installing caulking or sealing around windows and doors before fixing the moisture or the stack effect of your home you are causing the stack effect ( a normal and existing condition of every home ) to increase. The stack effect is a process that pulls air from your crawl space or basement up through your home into the attic. If you were to seal the windows and doors or outside walls of your home without first lowering the stack effect then you will increase it.

When air rises from your crawl space or basement it fills the living area of the home. With the air that rises comes the moisture. When your air is full of moisture it takes more BTU’s to cool and heat the air causing your HVAC to work harder run longer and use more electricity. Sound complicated? Its not. Take this into consideration. It takes only 1 BTU to change 1 temperature degree for 10 cubic feet of your home. This measurement is based on a 50 to 60% Relative Humidity reading. If your Relative Humidity is 70% then the number of B.T.U’s needed to change 1 temp degree in a 10 cubic foot area would rise to 5.

A 70% RH reading is very common in vented crawl space homes and when you factor in the summer months in North Carolina. It would be low for the norm. We see on a daily basis RH readings in vented crawl spaces and basements in North Carolina on average 85 to 90 %. So your homes natural stack effect is pulling this high RH moist air up into the home forcing your H.V.A.C system to work 10 times as hard and long to produce the desired temp. If you were to not address the stack effect, or the RH of your crawl space or basement and start to seal, or upgrade the windows, and doors of your home you would increase the stack effect and in return cost yourself a lot more money in the end.

Affordable Moisture & Energy Solutions will help you to achieve the desired energy savings you want and we will do it in the order to start the money savings right away.

Some of the methods we use are:

  • Attic Capping — Attic capping allows us to use the existing insulation that your home has already and simply add to it to bring the R-value up. We will install a attic door tent to provide a seal around all attic doors, and we install a thermal shield over the attic insulation to add to the slow down of the temperature exchange.
  • Attic sealing — Attic Sealing is attic capping with the addition of foam insulation boards and thermal shield on the walls and ceiling of the attic. We also use single cell foam insulation on gaps cracks and wiring holes. When we are done your attic is sealed top bottom left and right with the proper amount of insulation giving your attic a huge barrier for thermal exchange. You may wonder how this works or why it is important after all you don’t live in the attic why should you care? Think of it this way. In the summer early in the morning the sun rises and starts to heat the roof of your home. When the roof temperature rises it passed through to the boards underneath. the heat passes into the attic air space then through the attic insulation that your home has currently. After the insulation the warm air moves down into the living space of your home causing the thermostat to kick on and your AC starts to compensate for the high temp.

Insulation doesn’t stop the thermal exchange it only slows it down. So this is how it works. The hot sun heats the roof and as it passes down it has to first come in contact with the foam board insulation. After the foam board insulation the high temps must pass through the thermal shield. after the thermal shield the high temps must pass through the lower thermal shield then pass through the attic’s insulation. So if your air condition kicks on lets say around 9am normally in the summer months. We can safely add a couple of hours to the temp change. Lets keep it low and say we save you only 1 and a half hours of time on the AC. Slowing down the thermal exchange the AC kicks on at 10:30 am saving you 1 and 1/2 hours that day on AC. That will total to 10 1/2 hours per week or 42 hours per month. Then factor in the amount of B.T.U’s it will take to change 1 temp degree and you can easily see we have saved you and your family a lot of money in the long run.

Winter works a little different. In the winter we still have the stack effect working against us. In the winter though it is pushing the heat we have produced up through the attic and out of your home through the roof and attic vents. So if we use the same attic insulation thermal shield and install it not only on the floor but add the ceiling and walls of the attic it takes a lot longer to move that heat through as well.

Check yourself this winter, Go outside after a snow or frost and if any of your neighbors have snow or frost on their roof but you do not then guess why? Your heat passed right through and you are heating the entire world not just your home.

For more information or for an inspection please call us at 336-471-0058 or email us at info@closedcrawlspace.com to get a free inspection or estimate on insulation, capping, or sealing your home to provide lower utility bills and to preserve your home and increase its value.

Crawl Space Insulation North Carolina Insulation Insulating Attic Capping Mold Crawl Space

Insulation

Affordable Moisture & Energy Solutions understands the needs of homeowners in North Carolina. We understand in to days times saving money is at the top of everyones list. We have a deep understanding on energy savings and insulation needs.

Did you know that when you insulate certain areas of your home that you can actually cost yourself money on your monthly utility bills? That’s right. Cost yourself money. Not save. An example of costing yourself money would be installing caulking or sealing around windows and doors before fixing the moisture or the stack effect of your home you are causing the stack effect ( a normal and existing condition of every home ) to increase. The stack effect is a process that pulls air from your crawl space or basement up through your home into the attic. If you were to seal the windows and doors or outside walls of your home without first lowering the stack effect then you will increase it.

When air rises from your crawl space or basement it fills the living area of the home. With the air that rises comes the moisture. When your air is full of moisture it takes more BTU’s to cool and heat the air causing your HVAC to work harder run longer and use more electricity. Sound complicated? Its not. Take this into consideration. It takes only 1 BTU to change 1 temperature degree for 10 cubic feet of your home. This measurement is based on a 50 to 60% Relative Humidity reading. If your Relative Humidity is 70% then the number of B.T.U’s needed to change 1 temp degree in a 10 cubic foot area would rise to 5.

A 70% RH reading is very common in vented crawl space homes and when you factor in the summer months in North Carolina. It would be low for the norm. We see on a daily basis RH readings in vented crawl spaces and basements in North Carolina on average 85 to 90 %. So your homes natural stack effect is pulling this high RH moist air up into the home forcing your H.V.A.C system to work 10 times as hard and long to produce the desired temp. If you were to not address the stack effect, or the RH of your crawl space or basement and start to seal, or upgrade the windows, and doors of your home you would increase the stack effect and in return cost yourself a lot more money in the end.

Affordable Moisture & Energy Solutions will help you to achieve the desired energy savings you want and we will do it in the order to start the money savings right away.

Some of the methods we use are:

  • Attic Capping — Attic capping allows us to use the existing insulation that your home has already and simply add to it to bring the R-value up. We will install a attic door tent to provide a seal around all attic doors, and we install a thermal shield over the attic insulation to add to the slow down of the temperature exchange.
  • Attic sealing — Attic Sealing is attic capping with the addition of foam insulation boards and thermal shield on the walls and ceiling of the attic. We also use single cell foam insulation on gaps cracks and wiring holes. When we are done your attic is sealed top bottom left and right with the proper amount of insulation giving your attic a huge barrier for thermal exchange. You may wonder how this works or why it is important after all you don’t live in the attic why should you care? Think of it this way. In the summer early in the morning the sun rises and starts to heat the roof of your home. When the roof temperature rises it passed through to the boards underneath. the heat passes into the attic air space then through the attic insulation that your home has currently. After the insulation the warm air moves down into the living space of your home causing the thermostat to kick on and your AC starts to compensate for the high temp.

Insulation doesn’t stop the thermal exchange it only slows it down. So this is how it works. The hot sun heats the roof and as it passes down it has to first come in contact with the foam board insulation. After the foam board insulation the high temps must pass through the thermal shield. after the thermal shield the high temps must pass through the lower thermal shield then pass through the attic’s insulation. So if your air condition kicks on lets say around 9am normally in the summer months. We can safely add a couple of hours to the temp change. Lets keep it low and say we save you only 1 and a half hours of time on the AC. Slowing down the thermal exchange the AC kicks on at 10:30 am saving you 1 and 1/2 hours that day on AC. That will total to 10 1/2 hours per week or 42 hours per month. Then factor in the amount of B.T.U’s it will take to change 1 temp degree and you can easily see we have saved you and your family a lot of money in the long run.

Winter works a little different. In the winter we still have the stack effect working against us. In the winter though it is pushing the heat we have produced up through the attic and out of your home through the roof and attic vents. So if we use the same attic insulation thermal shield and install it not only on the floor but add the ceiling and walls of the attic it takes a lot longer to move that heat through as well.

Check yourself this winter, Go outside after a snow or frost and if any of your neighbors have snow or frost on their roof but you do not then guess why? Your heat passed right through and you are heating the entire world not just your home.

For more information or for an inspection please call us at 336-471-0058 or email us at info@closedcrawlspace.com to get a free inspection or estimate on insulation, capping, or sealing your home to provide lower utility bills and to preserve your home and increase its value.


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