Everything You Need to Know About Basement Insulation
Fall is coming up and winter is right around the corner. As you start to think ahead to decking the halls, it’s also a good idea to evaluate your home’s insulation. A well-insulated home can mean the difference between high energy bills and affordable ones. It can also mean the difference between a drafty, chilly home and a cozy space where you’re toasty all winter long.
One room where insulation is often overlooked is the basement. In this post from Budget Exteriors, we’ll discuss the importance of basement insulation and offer advice for improving yours.
Create an Air Seal With RetroFoam
The key to a well-insulated basement is a complete air seal. At Budget Exteriors, we work with RetroFoam to help homeowners transform their basements from cold spaces to warm, cozy extensions of their home by creating an air seal.
Here are a few reasons to insulate your basement with RetroFoam:
Warm Your Floors
If the idea of walking through your home with bare feet during the winter months makes you cringe, your floors may be cold due to basement drafts. Insulating the rim joist can keep the warm air inside your home where it belongs and limit the transfer of heat.
Reduce Moisture Infiltration
Mildew and mold are two of the most common basement problems for Twin Cities homeowners. Fiberglass insulation can retain moisture, leading to mold proliferation that can create health problems for your family. On the other hand, spray foam creates an airtight barrier that prevents mildew and mold growth.
Keep Pipes From Freezing and Bursting
The only thing worse than a frozen pipe is a busted one. No one wants to turn on the faucet and realize their pipes have frozen. However, this problem is all too common for homes with cold basements. Upgrading the insulation in your basement will prevent your pipes from freezing, saving you a headache and a whole lot of cash on repairs.
RetroFoam Basement Insulation Is Stress-Free
Of course, a quality insulation company like us will strive to keep any project as stress-free for the client as possible. But RetroFoam’s inherently versatile installation method further compounds this, making obtaining an energy-efficient basement quick, simple, and no-fuss.
RetroFoam can be installed from virtually anywhere in the basement; it can even be injected into an exterior wall if one is accessible. There’s no need to fret about whether or not your insulation contractor will need to extensively tear up your yard or home in order to get the job done.
What’s more, there’s no need to completely gut the wall itself in order to fill it with RetroFoam. As the product’s official website details, a small hole is drilled in the structure, which is then used as an injection point for the insulation. When it’s completely filled, we’ll simply plug up the hole. That’s it! No messy construction needed.
RetroFoam Basement Insulation Saves You Money
According to the product’s official website, RetroFoam could save you between 15 and 50 percent on your energy bills. That’s nothing to sneeze at, considering the rising prices of heating and cooling your home. The Bureau of Labor Statistics states that, from June 2021 to June 2022, unadjusted consumer urban energy prices rose 41.6%. In other words: a RetroFoam insulation project will quickly and easily pay for itself.
But it’s not just your energy bills that will go down with RetroFoam around; yoru HVAC repair needs will, too. Extra insulation helps both your heating and cooling systems run at their very best, because they then won’t be fighting against constant, intrusive exterior air. Provided you keep up with regular system maintenance, you should enjoy a happy, healthy HVAC system for years to come.
To learn more about helping your HVAC through the winter months, check out our blog on the subject.
Contact Our Twin Cities Basement Spray Foam Insulation Contractors
At Budget Exteriors, we can install insulation for basement walls whether you plan to finish them or keep them exposed. We inject spray foam insulation directly into your walls so you can enjoy a warmer home without undertaking a serious construction project.
To discuss basement insulation options with our insulation contractors, give us a call at 952-887-1613 or contact us online and get your free estimate.