Do I Need Insulation in My Basement?
Is your basement damp, dark and draining energy from you home? Look no further than some 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 to 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’s air quality.
Types of Insulation
- 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. Both of these products do come with some disadvantages including issues with mold and mildew due to the fiberglass not being moisture resistant. 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. Spray foam offers other benefits such as:
- Structural stability
- Covers pipes easily
- Covers wires easily
Understanding Insulation R-Value
The climate you live in and the design of your home are both contributing factors to 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 in Denver
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
Increase 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.