Crawl Space Insulation R Value: What Is The Best Crawl Space Insulation?
The insulation is very important in your home. If it’s not good enough then you will have problems in your life. I learned that the hard way when I was just a boy.
You can’t live in a comfortable home. This is why you have to make sure that you have the right type of insulation.
I was about seven when my dad took me to his friend’s house. I didn’t have a good time there. I had a hard time picking which one I should get.
There’s fiberglass, Foam, Plastic and so much more. Their house was old. You could see and feel the coldness in it. It was like a ghost house, really boring and ugly. I didn’t know which one was good for me so I decided to get the one that seemed right.
When we got there the lady of the house was dusting the furniture. She greeted my dad first then looked at me. We entered the house and I was so cold that I couldn’t even make a good decision.
She gave me a blanket and told me to warm up. I was so tired that I fell asleep on the floor. When I woke up my dad was talking to her. She had a sad face and was looking at me.
I didn’t know what to do so I just hid under the blanket. My dad was pissed at me for doing that. She asked me if I wanted some juice, I said yes and went to the kitchen with her.
I still didn’t know what was going on. She sat me on a chair and gave me the juice. She told me that she wanted to talk to my dad outside. I was scared of what they were going to talk about. I was really scared of what he might do to me.
When they came back in, my dad had a big smile on his face. We were going home. When we got there he didn’t say anything to me.
He just looked at my mom. She told me to go play.
I was really confused by what happened. I didn’t know what to do. They made such a big deal about the juice.
They talked to me like I was an adult. I didn’t like it at all.
That night my dad came into my room and sat on my bed. I was really scared. I looked at him and saw that his eyes were glossy.
He cried a little bit and then spoke to me. He said that he was sorry and that he didn’t want me to leave. I didn’t know what he was talking about. I didn’t want to upset him so I just said it was OK. He hugged me and told me that he loved me so much.
After he left, I cried myself to sleep.
The next day my mom told me that I was going to go on a trip. I asked her where we were going and she said that it was a big secret. She wouldn’t tell me anything about it.
I didn’t bring any clothes and I was really confused. My dad was really happy that day. He kept smiling at everyone and was really friendly.
We went to her car and we drove for a couple of hours. I started to get sleepy and she told me that I could take a nap if I wanted to. I didn’t know where I was so I decided to just sleep.
I had a weird dream about some guys chasing me. I ran for a really long time and I couldn’t find anywhere to hide.
I woke up when I felt the car stop. I opened my eyes and my mom was staring right at me. She didn’t say anything, she just smiled and got out of the car.
I didn’t really want to get out. I was scared of what she would do to me. She opened the car door and told me to come out.
I slowly got out of the car. I didn’t see anything around me. It was just trees and more trees.
She grabbed my hand and started to walk. I didn’t want to walk so I just pulled back. She kept pulling me and I fell on the ground. She got on top of me and held my arms down. She asked me if I would come quietly if she let me go. I was too scared to answer so I just cried.
She let me go and I ran back to the car. I didn’t know what was going on. I wanted my dad.
I missed him. I didn’t know that she was hurting him too.
She came back to the car and cried. I didn’t understand what was happening. She just stayed their crying for a couple of minutes.
Then she went back to the driver’s seat and started the car.
I asked her where we were going and she just said that we were going on a trip. I asked her where we were going to stay and she didn’t answer. After a few hours I fell asleep.
When I woke back up it was night time and we were in a different place. I could see a big city. We were in Sacramento.
I didn’t understand why we came here or why she was so quiet the whole time. I thought we were supposed to have fun together.
We got to a hotel and she told me that we would be spending the night here. I didn’t want to but she gave me no choice. We got a room with only one bed.
I didn’t want to sleep there but she made me.
She lied and said that everything was going to be OK. That everything was a big misunderstanding. I really wanted to believe her.
She tucked me into bed and asked me if I had any more questions. I asked her if we could go to the ocean tomorrow and she said that it depended on the weather. I never saw the ocean before so I really wanted to go.
I asked her if she was going to be with me forever. She started to cry and said that it wasn’t possible. I didn’t understand and she told me that she would always love me.
It started raining really hard and I started to cry too.
I don’t remember what happened after that.
I woke up and it was morning. I saw a man sleeping in the other bed. I saw my clothes neatly folded on a chair nearby.
I got out of bed as quietly as I could and looked out the window.
I saw the city and the bay. I looked for the Golden Gate Bridge but couldn’t find it. I knew it was there somewhere though.
I heard the man wake up and quickly got back in bed. I hoped that he wouldn’t try to do what my mom did.
I heard him get out of bed and go into the bathroom. I went back to sleep.
When I woke up again, the sun was shining in the window. I could hear the shower running and my clothes were still by the chair. I wanted to get up and explore but I was afraid.
I heard the shower turn off and the man walk out of the bathroom. I pretended to be asleep. I heard him saying that he needed to wake me up soon anyway.
After a few minutes he spoke louder and said that it was time to get up.
I opened my eyes and pretended to be surprised. He said his name was Kyle and that I could call him Uncle Kyle. I didn’t want to but I had to.
We went down to a restaurant and had breakfast. He asked me a lot of questions but I didn’t want to tell him anything. He kept saying that he was my friend and that I could tell him anything.
I didn’t believe him.
We went back up to the room and I got dressed.
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