So, you’ve got an unfinished basement. Perhaps it’s the spot where seasonal decorations and exercise equipment go to hide out for most of the year. Or maybe your basement is an empty space you walk through quickly because it’s chilly in the winter and too dank in the summer. If you’ve been contemplating making your basement more efficient and comfortable, you’re probably asking yourself if insulating your basement ceiling and walls is helpful. The answer in all probability is yes, but let’s look into why that is.
If your basement isn’t finished or and has no insulation, you’re not just wasting what could be extra living space; your home’s overall efficiency is also taking a hit. Uninsulated basements make your heating and cooling system work overtime, inflating your energy costs.
You could assume the solution is to close the basement air vents. But if the builder planned ahead, they sized the heating and cooling system for the home’s total square footage, including the basement, so you could finish it one day without updating the HVAC equipment. This means if you close the vents, you’ll throw off the return-supply balance and make your furnace or air conditioner to work harder, resulting in the opposite of what you were hoping to achieve.
The nice thing about it is that insulating your basement can make your home more comfortable and could even lower your energy bill. It’s a win-win!
A proper job involves more than simply installing some insulation on your walls or ceiling and calling it a job well done. Several kinds of insulation are available, each with pros and cons to consider. You must also determine where insulation will be the most beneficial—in the walls or on the ceiling.
Many homes benefit from insulated basement walls. It’s like giving your home a cozy blanket to huddle under during cold weather, leading to serious energy savings. Insulating your walls also helps soundproof the level if you plan to build a home theater or other noise-generating features in the basement.
Note: If your basement is vulnerable to water leaks or moisture, correct these issues first. “Insulated” doesn’t mean “weatherproofed,” and wet insulation won’t do its job.
This choice as to whether to insulate your basement ceiling isn’t so clear-cut. Sure, insulating the ceiling makes the first floor of your home feel warmer, but it can also make your basement colder. If you think that you’ll finish your basement one day, you might not want to take this road. As a substitute, you could install ductwork and vents, if your basement doesn’t have them, to help balance the temperature. On the other hand, if your basement is only used for storage, by all means insulate that ceiling!
You’ve looked into putting insulation in the basement ceiling and walls, but have you thought about the floor? If your house is in a cooler environment or you plan to spend a lot of time in your new basement space, insulating the floor is a smart move. An insulated subfloor covered with your choice of carpet, wood or composite flooring will make your winter movie nights or workout sessions much more pleasant.
You have multiple choices when it comes to insulating your basement. The most frequently used materials include:
The R-value of an insulation material reflects its heat flow resistance. The greater the R-value, the better the insulation. While local building codes include the minimum R-value recommended for your area, buy product with an R-value that’s higher if you can for optimum efficiency. Here are some general guidelines:
In addition to insulating, you can do several other things to keep your home and basement comfy:
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