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A properly insulated basement in Omaha can significantly reduce your energy costs and increase your home comfort levels, whether you use the basement as living space or not. The basement can be the cause of cold drafts in the floors above.
Basement wall insulation is preferable to insulating the basement ceiling because it:
- Requires less insulation than insulating the basement ceiling
- More easily achieves continuous thermal and air leakage boundaries than a basement ceiling full of wiring, plumbing, and ductwork
Why Insulate Your Omaha Basement?
The basement is sometimes left out of an insulation job, especially on retrofit projects. Most people know the benefits of insulating above ground walls and attics, but not many people understand the benefits of insulating foundations. Studies show that an uninsulated, conditioned basement can represent up to 50% of the heat loss in a tightly sealed house that is well-insulated above ground.
Before you insulate your basement walls, especially in a humid continental climate like Nebraska's, it's important to take care of any moisture issues so you don't cause future problems with mold growth and structural damage.
In a whole-house energy audit, American Energy Advisors looks at the house as a system, and all of the effects a home performance measure such as basement insulation could have on the indoor air quality and energy usage of your home in Omaha or Elkhorn.
High-Performance Insulation Options
Once you have determined the insulation R-value you'll need, you need to know what is the best insulation material for your house. Options include:
- Blanket (batt or roll) insulation
- Foam board insulation
- Loose-fill insulation
- Spray foam insulation
The type of insulation that is best for your house will depend on whether your basement is finished or unfinished. The installation process will depend on the materials chosen and the level of moisture control needed in your basement.
Interior or Exterior Basement Insulation?
Adding insulation to the interior of the foundation is often more cost-effective for an existing building. Interior insulation has the following advantages and disadvantages.
Advantages of Interior Basement Insulation
- Interior insulation is much less expensive to install than exterior insulation for existing buildings
- Almost any insulation type can be used, giving a wider selection of materials
- The threat of insect infestation is eliminated
Disadvantages of Interior Basement Insulation
- Many insulation types require a fire-rated covering when they are installed on the interior side of the wall
- Reduces living space by a few inches
- Interior insulation doesn't protect the damp-proof coating
- Poor perimeter drainage could result in the insulation getting wetted by moisture weeping through the foundation walls
- Needs superior air-sealing details and vapor diffusion retarders for adequate performance
We'll help determine the best choice for your home.