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Whether your basement is finished or not, proper insulation is important for temperature control and the prevention of moisture. Choose a basement insulation option that is best suited for your home and budget.
By: Caroline Shannon-Karasik
Basement insulation is not only important for temperature control and locking out water damage, but it is also a great way to help reduce energy costs.
Basement insulation can be added to interior and exterior walls, in addition to the ceiling. Insulation options include bubble foil, fiberglass, foam board and sprayed foam. The best option for a homeowner will depend on the nature of the basement — finished or unfinished — and budget.
While exterior insulation requires the use of fewer materials than interior insulation, it can end up being a costly option because of the precautions that are needed to install it outside, such as a drainage system. It is, however, effective for reducing the loss of heat that can occur through a foundation and it also protects the foundation from suffering stability issues as a result of temperature changes.
A basement's ceiling is another spot where insulation can be installed to provide a warmer environment or temperature control when an air conditioning system is in use.
See also: Air Sealing and Insulation
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