Should a Crawl Space Be Kept Cool in the Summer?

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We’re no strangers to hot and humid summers here on the Eastern Shore, and as the temperatures are beginning to rise, we all want to keep our homes cool and comfortable. While your crawl space is often overlooked, it can have a significant effect on your whole home comfort and health, especially in the summer. 

With our years of experience, we understand how a crawl space can either help or harm a home. Keep reading to discover how we can help improve your home’s energy efficiency, indoor air quality, and comfort this summer with our comprehensive crawl space services.

Do Crawl Spaces Get Hot in the Summer? 

Your crawl space is the area beneath your home that might house equipment such as pipes, electrical outlets, or air ducts. Since this area is usually below ground, your crawl space will actually be a few degrees cooler than the rest of your home, even in the summer months. 

However, that doesn’t mean your crawl space isn’t susceptible to other home health and comfort issues—like moisture, mold growth, and pest infestations. 

Common Summer Crawl Space Problems

Many crawl spaces in Maryland are left unprotected from the outside air, leaving them vulnerable to moisture intrusion and pollutants. Because your crawl space is located directly below your living spaces, any contaminants found in your crawl space will soon find their way to other areas of your home, affecting your indoor air quality

In the summer when humidity levels are high, your crawl space can easily become a breeding ground for mold growth. Mold thrives in warm and damp environments, and when left untreated, it can create a variety of health risks to your family and can even cause structural damage to your home. If your crawl space is not sealed from the outdoors, the openings can act as an invitation for pests to find their way into your home. 

Whole-Home Solutions With Crawl Space Encapsulation

At Total Home Performance, we can solve moisture and mold issues in the lower levels of your home with crawl space encapsulation. After a thorough inspection of your crawl space, we can perform a variety of services to bring whole-home solutions to moisture and comfort issues in a 4-step process that includes:

  • French Drain Installation - A French drain reroutes water that is entering your home to other areas of your property and can be a great solution to keeping your crawl space dry.
  • Vapor Barrier - While taking special care to protect your pipes, vents, and plumbing, we’ll install a sturdy vapor barrier to your crawl space floor and walls. 
  • Air Sealing & Insulation - Air sealing your crawl space and properly insulating it will help keep unwanted heat and air from entering your home and promoting mold growth.
  • Dehumidifier Installation - Adding a dehumidifier to your crawl space will help ensure the area’s humidity level stays consistent at all times. 

Total Home Performance: The Eastern Shore’s Crawl Space Expert

Total Home Performance has been providing the Eastern Shore with high-quality and long-lasting home comfort solutions since 2009. Not only can we help keep your crawl space dry this summer, we can also help you maximize your savings with rebates for crawl space encapsulation services! 

Ready to get started? Call our team of experts today!

Schedule your crawl space inspection with our team today. Call (410) 822-1390 or contact us online.

Hot & humid crawl space?

Call the pros at Total Home Performance for solutions! 

(410) 822-1390