Advantages To Insulating Basements

When we think about the ways in which we are able to heat our home the first thing to pop in our minds is a heater for the home or even a fireplace. Very few of us understand the true necessity for basement insulation and the many advantages that it has to offer.

Did you know that 20 to 35% of heat loss comes from a person’s basement? This is essential heat that you could be using for the main rooms in your home and a great deal of money that you are losing out on. The majority of basements will lose a lot of this heat because there is no insulation that is able to trap it and hold it.

Despite what many of us are led to believe the earth and dirt is not a great form of insulation for the basement. Too much air will leak out through any windows or cracks in the concrete. Any homeowner that has an unfinished basement or no insulation installed will lose value in their home.

When you are first building the basement you will want the basement contractor to either insulate the outside or the inside of the room. It is possible to do it both ways – but we believe that it is always important to do it inside. This is both practical, economical, and affordable.

When you choose to insulate the inside of the basement you are given the choice to do it when you are able to afford no matter what time of year it is. This will also keep you from having to spend money on trying to revamp your yard or driveway. The hardest part about insulating the inside is the fact that most basements will have leaks that must first be repaired and that you have to work around electrical panels, plumbing, and wires.

The advantage to insulating the outside of the basement is that it is easy to do and can be done quickly. When you have removed the dirt around it you will be able to finish the walls without losing any amount of space. However, it can be very pricey when you have to do the dirt excavation and it is quite difficult.