Is your basement damp, dark, and draining energy from your home? Consider adding basement insulation to solve the problem.
Nowadays, people are converting their basements into entertainment centers and family gathering sites. Whether you’re hosting a group for the big game or watching a movie with the family, having a livable environment in your basement is a key aspect of having a good time.
As it turns out, insulation is the most cost-effective way to maintain your desired temperature and environment. Insulation in your basement walls helps lock in coveted conditioned air while blocking out outdoor temperatures, all while keeping your home’s energy system functioning at its highest efficiency.
Believe it or not, your basement is commonly a major source of your home’s energy loss. No to mention, without up-to-date insulation, your home may start to experience buildups of moisture, mold, and mildew, all of which lead to a hazardous environment for your family.
The optimal amount of insulation will provide your basement with a waterproof barrier that also will help prevent irritating pest infestation, as well as improving your basement air quality. To find out if your basement requires new insulation contact us for a full-service home energy audit today.
Benefits of Basement Insulation
The main benefits of insulating your basement are the substantial energy and money savings that you should experience. Your exact savings will depend on the type of HVAC system you use, how the rest of your home is insulated, and the type of use you get out of your basement.
Depending on what you plan to use your basement for, the benefits of basement insulation could include:
Reduction of Energy Consumption
Insulating your basement walls will provide your home with a protective layer to combat the temperature fluctuation in Colorado’s climate. New basement wall insulation will aid in temperature regulation, and will also keep your home warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. You will also be able to reduce the amount of your energy bills due to running your HVAC system at lower frequency and intensity.
Lowering of Moisture Content
Improperly insulated basements can be subject to moisture accumulation condensation. These issues can lead to instances of harmful mold, mildew, and fungi growth in basement walls over time. These problems can eventually lead to the structure of your home being destabilized. Mold and mildew can also leave you at risk for serious health issues if they are not taken care of right away. If you properly insulate your basement walls, you can lower the chances of these situations occurring.
Increase Home Comfort
Insulating your basement walls can greatly improve not only the comfortability of your basement but also your entire home. Basement insulation can be highly effective in preventing heat loss in the winter and heat gain in the summer. Insulating your basement can prove to be very effective in preventing temperature fluctuations that are otherwise common in homes with poor insulation. Insulating the walls of your basement will almost certainly help regulate your entire home’s temperature.
Prevents Freezing Pipes
In a climate like Colorado’s, freezing pipes are always a concern in the winter time. If the water pipes in your basement are uninsulated, they could be at risk for freezing on an extremely cold day. Avoid this issue entirely and insulate your basement. Basements with proper insulation do not encounter this issue.
Basement Insulation is Available in Many Forms
At REenergizeCO, we offer several types of basement insulation ranging from cellulose and fiberglass batts, to spray foam insulation. For unfinished basements, we can use foam board and batts, and for finished basements, we highly recommend spray foam insulation as it is very easy to apply.
Below, we explain each in some further detail:
Cellulose & Fiberglass Batts
Both perform the same functions. It’s standard to add cellulose to existing cellulose, or fiberglass to existing fiberglass when talking about a basement space. Because fiberglass is not moisture resistant, both of these products come with disadvantages including issues with mold and mildew. However, both of these products are endorsed by many and can provide adequate insulation to a basement.
Spray Foam Insulation
This insulation can be sprayed into empty spaces and expands to fill the entire desired space. The great thing about spray foam is that it has a much higher R-value while carrying a lower level of thickness. Considered by most to be the best way to insulate your basement, spray foam should certainly be considered in your basement improvement processes.
Here at REenergizeCO, we are at your service with any of your basement insulation needs. Basement insulation for us usually includes 1 of the following items:
- 16″ to 24″ on center kraft faced batts
- Spray foam 3″ closed cell
- R19 vinyl backed insulation ramset
- Drill and fill existing wall bays and dense pack with fiberglass
Basement Insulation R-Value
The climate you live in and the design of your home are both contributing factors for deciding which R-value your insulation should be. There are many tools for calculating the R-value required for your home. The Department of Energy has a great tool for this based off of your zip code.
Since the climate in Denver varies drastically, the city requires a higher R-value than that of a city that is warmer year round such as Los Angeles or Phoenix. Recommended R-values for your basement in Denver are usually R-19 for electrically heated homes and R-11 for homes that run on natural gas.
Basement Insulation Increases the Value of Your Home
With a properly insulated basement, you not only start benefiting from lower energy bills, but it opens up the possibility to finish the basement to create more living space. At REenergizeCO, we are committed to serving your insulation needs throughout the year. We provide top-notch insulation services throughout the front range of Colorado including:
Commonly Asked Questions About Basement Insulation
If my basement is not finished, do I still need foundation insulation?
Yes. Even if you only use your basement for storage purposes and heating and cooling equipment, your basement is thermally connected to rest of your home. This means that energy and conditioned air that escapes your basement will consequently escape your entire home.
Can I insulate the floor above my basement as an alternative to foundation insulation?
Yes, this could be an alternative route you take. Keep in mind that if your home’s pipes, ducts, and HVAC system are located in your basement, then you would need to insulate them to prevent them from freezing.
Does insulating the exterior of my basement improve energy performance?
If your basement utilizes a number of south-facing windows, exterior insulation could prove to be beneficial if enough sunlight reaches the basement on a daily basis. Otherwise, insulating the exterior may prove to have negligible energy savings.
How much energy and money will I save by insulating my basement?
Because of Colorado’s cold winters and hot summers, it is smart to insulate our basement walls no matter what you use it for. Adding insulation to your basement walls and ceilings can save you up to $300 a year on your energy bills.