Pony Wall Continuous Insulation OPTION for Floor Insulated Sealed Crawlspaces

This post is designed to be linked to in crawlspace proposals provided by Stetten Home Services. We are champions of the floor insulated sealed crawlspace because we have data to prove that sealed crawlspaces with “no insulation” or “floor-insulation” perform about equal to those with “wall-insulation”. Its a sealed box with no windows or doors … Read More »

converting your NEW CONSTRUCTION vented crawlspace to a sealed crawlspace, affordably

For various reasons builders still build vented crawlspaces, yet have “sealed crawlspaces” under their homes. It can work but it isn’t fantastic to have a vented crawlspace which allows dust/smoke, pollen/spores, hot/cold, wet/dry, light for critters to thrive…. If you buy a new home in 2019 and it has a vented crawlspace with fiberglass batts … Read More »

Kings Arm

TAGS: Sealed-Crawlspace, Garage-Air-Handler, “Ducted” Supply-Air Drying-Mechanism, Curtain-Wall, Insulation Touch-up, Tiger-Teeth, Floor-System-Insulation. When I move a gallery or post from “client” to “Knowledge-Library” status I am hoping that people can more easily find those images and learn something useful. This home was unique in 3 ways: 1) Garage Air-Handler with no supply duct-work in the crawlspace.  … Read More »

Adjustable House-Air Drying Mechanism (for sealed crawlspaces)

This method is our 3rd choice. We have various options in the sealed crawlspace code for how to provide a Drying Mechanism. 1st Choice) Adjustable Supply-Air Drying Mechnism on existing crawlspace plenum or distribution box. 2nd Choice) Adjustable Supply-Air Drying Mechanism “chased down” from the attic or interior duct-work. 3rd Choice) Adjustable House-Air Drying Mechanism … Read More »

Sealed Vapor Barrier

This is the standard vapor barrier treatment offered by Stetten Home Services: As you can see we provide extra materials and do an excellent job. It may not appear that the vapor barrier is glued or foamed to the wall, but we seal it with foam or glue and nails. The home above was spray-foamed … Read More »


It might come as no surprise that roofing is more complicated than it seems. In new construction, even in 2016, the roofing contractor is often screwed before he starts,  because their work occurs “on”  sub-par work that happened after they price their work. Many Building Contractors reinforce this fault by prioritizing price and failing to … Read More »

No exposed insulation or Joists

Attic Air Sealing

This gallery is the best depiction of what we call “Attic Air-Sealing”. This first gallery shows what is “INCLUDED” when you choose “ATTIC AIR SEALING” as an “ADD-ON” to a Sealed Crawlspace Project in the “OPTIONS” portion of the proposal or “INCLUDED” with all “BONUS ROOM COMFORT SOLUTION” PROJECTS. ” template=”/home/stettenr/public_html/energyhandyman.com/wp-content/themes/energy-man-theme/nggallery/gallery-hd.php” order_by=”sortorder” order_direction=”ASC” returns=”included” maximum_entity_count=”1000″] … Read More »

Sealed Attics

… spray foam as it pertains to our mixed-humid Raleigh, NC climate… Foam, the best insulator, adds strength to everything it touches while it stops air movement. Spray foam is possible due to specialized heating, pumping, mixing, and breathing equipment. Unlike the cans at the hardware store, to get the speed and consistency that you … Read More »


Bare Minimum Sealed Crawlspace ” template=”/home/stettenr/public_html/energyhandyman.com/wp-content/themes/energy-man-theme/nggallery/gallery-hd.php” order_by=”sortorder” order_direction=”ASC” returns=”included” maximum_entity_count=”1000″] Crawlspaces have become a source of confusion for consumers. Lets end that. What are the minimum requirements for a vented crawlspace? Most brand new homes have black 6mil vapor barrier overlapped to cover all of the ground, although you can easily pull it back, and … Read More »


HVAC There is no graceful way to explain our thoughts on HVAC, given the variables, so without further ado, a random list of thoughts/facts on High-Performance HVAC Critical Details: In 2011, the average residential customer in the U.S. spent 11.7 cents/KWH via U.S. Energy Information Administration. The EIA reports that each KWH via Electricity = … Read More »

Broken AC


Attic Air-Sealing, HVAC Replacement, Junk-Removal, Creedmore, NC This job was a huge success. The owner’s have lived through many drafty years, and high heating bills, and had only one window mounted A/C Unit. They now set temperatures as they wish in each area. 6 total indoor blowers and 2 total outdoor compressors. Their total Heating … Read More »



Mold – Chapel Hill, NC Complaint: Mold all over walls around HVAC system, and around the registers.Problem started when new HVAC system was installed by big company in red and blue van. Diagnosis. Air-Handler and Heat-Pump/Compressor over-sized. Ducts are leaky. House is negatively pressurized when HVAC system is operating drawing in air through the paths … Read More »



Raleigh, NC – Coracini Residence DELUXE SEALED CRAWLSPACE – August 2010 Stage 1 – Bush Removal, Junk Removal & Insulation Removal, Crawlspace Lighting Installation 8/12/2010 Stage 2 – Heavy Duty Sealed Liner 8/13/2010 Stage 3 – Seal/Insulate with “banana pudding”, Fix Door, Install Walking Pad, Signage, and RH monitor 8/14 No drying mechanism installed on … Read More »


DELUXE SEALED ATTIC and CRAWL – Downtown Raleigh, NC Owner purchased energy audit immediately upon taking ownership years ago. As a result, SHS removed the fiberglass from the crawlspace, installed a heavy-duty vapor barrier, and sealed all the duct-work, and at that time, the budget didn’t allow for insulating. The homeowner saved up and was … Read More »



Deluxe Sealed Crawlspace + Deluxe Sealed Attic. Raleigh, NC The Completed Tasks List: 1-Removed Fiberglass insulation from crawlspace and attics. Removed Junk. 2-Installed Heavy Duty Plastic Liner in crawlspace, Taped Seams and piers, Vents are plugged. Crawlspace Drying Mechanism in Crawlspace. Brand-New High-Quality Crawlspace Door. 3-Sealed Attics with spray-foam. Sealed Crawlspace with spray-foam. 6-Replace vented … Read More »