Most Seattle visitors will comment on the area’s moderate climate, but there’s a common misperception that the region experiences more extreme changes throughout the seasons. While these temperatures might feel more pleasant year-round, Seattle homeowners know that the temperature isn’t all that matters.
Humidity is significant in maintaining a proper crawl space beneath your home. The acceptable humidity level is 45%, but Wix Research reports that average Seattle humidity levels range between 66% in the summer and 79% in the winter.
That steady increase in moisture throughout the latter half of the year is just one of the factors that can influence your decision to install a crawl space door. Others are as follows:
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Before diving into the other reasons why you may consider installing a crawl space door, let’s first continue on the subject of humidity and moisture.
Installing an airtight door will also reduce the moisture that can collect inside that confined area. The door will block precipitation from seeping into your crawl space, and, if you use a dehumidifier in your crawl space, the unit will work more efficiently without having to compensate for exterior humidity and moisture.
Furthermore, it will be easier to keep the soil beneath your home dry after installing the door. A drier crawl space surface will keep the wood structure of your home free of the destructive elements that would otherwise cause your home’s condition to deteriorate.
A draft blowing through your crawl space can be as devastating as a damaged foundation, allowing the outdoor temperature to sabotage your heating or cooling efforts. Even if your crawl space is fully insulated and encapsulated, an unprotected entry point still poses a significant problem.
With that said, an airtight crawl space door will prevent the exchange of temperatures throughout the year, allowing you to use less energy to heat and cool your home and putting less wear and tear stress on the HVAC system.
Pests of all kinds can pose major problems with regard to keeping a home in good condition. When insects and rodents enter your crawl space, they might tear up the wood or other materials for nesting. Some insects, such as carpenter ants and termites, devour wood as a form of nourishment, and once they get into your crawl space, they will eventually breed and create a larger infestation.
Installing a crawl space door will help you keep more pests out, making troublesome infestations less likely. While you should supplement them with other forms of pest control, your efforts will be more effective when you have a solid barrier blocking access.
Attic Projects offers comprehensive care for your crawl space’s upkeep in Seattle, Tacoma, and King County. We handle everything from eradicating pests and their remnants to implementing waterproofing solutions and safeguarding your crawl space. If your crawl space appears dirty, has a foul smell, or is prone to dampness, reach out to us today to schedule a free consultation.