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Protecting Your Family through Crawl Space Safety

by | May 8, 2018 | Protecting Your Investment | 0 comments

Many Dayton homes sit above two foot of damp, dark, critter-infected space known as a crawl space.Thinking about what’s down there and what’s making its way into the air you breath is enough to make your skin crawl. Here’s what Lifestyle Comfort Solutions wants you to know, and why we firmly believe in air-sealing and vapor barriers.

Poor Air Quality

About 40% of the air you breath comes into your home from the crawl space.  The dark, damp environment in the crawl space is filled with mold, mildew, bacteria, and other allergic triggers. A crawl space may be contaminated with leaking sewage.  Moist conditions invite rot.  Critters such as possums, rats and mice, squirrels and skunks find your crawl space to be a warm, inviting home.  Snakes are frequently found here.  Bats nest in crawl spaces as well.  Critter droppings fester, affecting air quality inside the home.  Toxic contaminants from the crawl space don’t stay there.  They seep into your home, where you and your family and pets continually breathe it in. 

High Energy Bills

Crawl spaces which are improperly sealed and which lack insulation cost you money.  A home with a crawl space has a high level of heat transfer:  heat flows out of your home, and cold air flows in.  It’s estimated that a homeowner can enjoy as much as a 30%-50% savings on their energy bill when a crawl space is air sealed and insulated.  Some homeowners report that their investment was returned in the first year in home energy savings.

Protect Your Investment

Important systems, including your HVAC ducts and insulation, your plumbing pipes, and electrical wiring frequently make their way through crawl spaces. Moisture which gathers in the crawl space may seep into your sub-flooring and warp flooring. Moisture problems can lead to costly foundation damage.  Insulation which prevents temperature transfer is a critical step in sealing your home’s thermal envelop–its walls, ceilings, and floors.

Lifestyle Comfort Solutions is your home performance expert in the Dayton, Centerville/Washington Twp, Bellbrook/Sugarcreek Township, Beavercreek, Springboro, Englewood, Vandalia, and Kettering communities.  Call us at 937.202.4520 or learn more at

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Lifestyle Comfort Solutions provides professional heating, cooling, and indoor air quality services to Beavercreek, Bellbrook, Centerville, Dayton, Fairborn, Huber Heights, Kettering, Miamisburg, Moraine, Oakwood, Spring Valley, Springboro, Troy, Vandalia, West Carrollton, and surrounding communities. Call us at 937-202-4520 or request service online today.

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