Does your home always seem drafty in the winter, no matter how much you run the heat? Are you noticing moldy, mildewy smells in places of your house that you can’t seem to get rid of no matter how much you clean your surfaces? These may be signs of issues with your home’s foundation vents. Or, more accurately, it’s likely a problem with your foundation vent covers, which are supposed to help protect your home from the elements and keep air from flowing through the home’s foundation.

In reality, improper aeration can cause your energy bill to rise. You may feel like you adjust your thermostat too much and it doesn’t seem to make a difference. Pests can use your crawl spaces as their new nest, especially in the winter months, when they often move indoors. This can contribute to unpleasant smells or cause damage to other parts of your home, and sometimes they can spread from there to the rest of your home. Rodents can be especially bad all year long. 

Crawl space vent covers are meant to help control your home’s airflow and keep out pests. Sadly, many homes come standard with styrofoam indoor and outdoor vent covers, which are ineffective, environmentally unsafe, and unsightly. Many homeowners don’t realize just how many problems poor vent maintenance and subpar vent covers can cause them, including damaging your home’s curb appeal. 

Fortunately, you can reduce or eliminate many of these issues with better foundation vent covers. This article explains what you need to know about your crawl space vents, including which outdoor vent covers to use, how to properly install and maintain them, and why it’s so important to your home’s overall value. 

Why Does Your Home Have Crawl Spaces?

If your home doesn’t have a full basement, which is necessary in certain climates in order to get your foundation to the right depth, then chances are you have a crawl space beneath your home. This is where your water pipes run beneath the house, and also where foundation vents are supposed to help your home’s airflow.

The problem is that these vents are often the source of many of your energy issues. In the winter, they allow in cold and moisture, which can leave you feeling chilly even if you have the thermostat cranked up, and makes it harder for your home to retain heat. Likewise, in the summer, hot air can get in and the cool air escapes, making it more difficult to keep your house at a comfortable temperature. 

The end result is that you have a higher energy bill, even if it feels like you’re doing everything you can to save money and lower your costs. Moisture that gets in through your vents can also cause mold and mildew and create unpleasant musty smells that are hard to get rid of.

Pests can also be a problem. Rodents in particular proliferate quickly and can spread into the rest of your home through small accesses that are challenging to find and block off. Anyone who has ever had rodents raiding their pantries knows how much of a problem they can be! In the colder months, just like us, they like to move inside, and crawl spaces present an ideal nesting ground for rodents. 

Crawl space vent covers are designed to help mitigate these issues by sealing your vents to keep your crawl space protected from the elements and from pests. Standard styrofoam vent covers come with a slew of issues, however. They can be eyesores, especially as they collect and show dirt and damage from weather, pests, and use, detracting from your home’s aesthetic appeal. They’re also bad for the environment, making them the suboptimal choice.

The Vanity Difference

Good, strong vent covers can make all the difference to your home. A proper seal helps lower your energy bill and keeps your home comfortable, even when the temperatures are getting more extreme. They’re also great for keeping out pests. 

Unlike problematic styrofoam vent covers, Vanity Vents are designed and made in America to be durable, effective, and visually appealing. Available in a wide variety of colors, Vanity Vents are intended to compliment your home’s exterior aesthetics, not detract from it. Our construction process uses environmentally safe post-consumer materials, and no harmful emissions are created during the construction process or during the installation and use of your Vanity Vents. You can use them with a clear conscience, knowing that these vent covers meet the Greenguard Gold certification process. 

The sleek design is also very durable, withstanding extreme temperatures and moisture with no bending, warping, or breaking. They will sit flush with your home’s exterior, so they look like they were always meant to be there, and they blend in extremely well.

Invest In Your Home’s Curb Appeal

Your home’s curb appeal is an important part of its value, both on the market and as a place that you want to spend time. The data shows that the homes with the strongest curb appeal are the ones that spend the least amount of time on the market. Even if you’re not selling your home, studies show that people who find their homes more aesthetically pleasing are willing to spend more of their time at home, and enjoy it more when they do. 

You can add flower beds and foliage, tasteful decorations, and replace unsightly styrofoam vent covers with Vanity Vents to help enhance your home’s appearance to prospective buyers and visitors alike.

Enhance Your Home’s Value

Vanity Vents are an investment in your home’s future value. They’ll help you stay more comfortable even in the hottest and coldest months, they are better for the environment, and they’ll last a lifetime. We have a 100% satisfaction guarantee for a reason. Vanity Vents really do work to protect your crawl spaces from pests, the elements, and more. 

Invest in your home’s worth and use Vanity Vents to give it that finishing touch it deserves. Contact us or check out our FAQ page today for any questions you may have!