Crawl space vents = a major problem
Having vents in your crawl space are major problems for numerous reasons. When you think about vents in a crawl space, it's easiest to look at it this way: on cold days, we are venting our crawl spaces with cold air. On hot days, we are venting our crawl spaces with hot air. On wet days, we are venting our crawl spaces with wet air. All of the air you bring into your crawl space then flows upward into your house.
A House With a Dirt Crawl Space is Dysfunctional
A house with a dirt crawl space is dysfunctional, and a dysfunctional house is not worth building - at any price. Think about it this way, what you would and would not do in a basement, the same rules apply to a crawl space. We would never create a dirt floor basement - so why would we have dirt floor crawl spaces? Your house is one building. You can't have one part of the building that is sick and another part this is healthy. The crawl space air is bad. It's damp. It's cold if it's winter. It's full of mold spores. And it smells. Whatever is in your crawl space air is in your house and affecting you, whether you spend any time in the crawl space or not.
If it's organic, dead, and wet, mold knows to eat it.
Organic simply means that it's a material that was once living, such as mold. When something is organic, dead and wet, mold grows on it and eats it.