Having ceiling insulation is one of the key elements of energy efficiency that you can add to a home. When installing insulation in your basement’s ceiling you are effectively providing floor insulation, as well. Whatever your insulation need is, there are a few things you should know when installing basement insulation.
Dealing with Damp Conditions
Having a damp basement can be remedied by installing ceiling insulation. The materials that insulation is made out of are great at dealing with condensation. You can improve its effectiveness by having a sump pump installed. Sump pumps will deal with any excess water that can accumulate in your basement, thus removing the damp conditions.
Choosing the Right Material for Job
There are many types of insulation available, but they all generally fall into 2 categories. The first and most common category is sold in bulk and comes in rolls that are cut to specified lengths. These rolls can be made out of cellulose, polyester, rock wool or fiberglass. Bulk-type insulation is also the easiest to install, as it can just be rolled into place. The other category is called the loose-fill and it refers to material that has to be blown into place using specialized professional machinery. This is normally only used for hard to reach spaces where bulk insulation isn't practical, such as ceiling insulation in small attics.
Insulation Can Act as Soundproofing
A little known fact about insulation is that it can act as soundproofing. When installing ceiling insulation you can choose to add some to areas in your basement that you wouldn’t like sound to travel. This can be a good idea if you want to have a room in your basement where you play guitar or loud music. You can add extra soundproofing by adding specialized soundproof materials together with your insulation.
Cellulose Insulation Is Allergy-Free
When installing insulation in your home you should be aware of potential allergic reactions. Fiberglass can produce a rash or irritation of the skin and other materials can be problematic with asthma attacks. Cellulose insulation is non-toxic and non-irritating so it’s the best option for dealing with people who have allergies. It is also one of the best fibers for insulation, although it is more expensive.
Higher R-Value Means Better Insulation
When you are looking for quality insulation, pick the one that has the higher R-Value. This value determines the resistance of the insulation to heat flow. The higher this value is the greater the insulating effectiveness. R-Value depends on a series of factors including the type of material, the thickness and density.
There is No Such Thing as Too Much Insulation
Having more insulation added, even in places where you already have some, will still save energy. Installing insulation even in odd spots, such as a crawlspace, is going to improve energy efficiency. An insulation check is also part of a home energy audit that can be done to identify the amount of insulation you have and likely need for your home. This is done according to the area you live in. Installing ceiling insulation in your basement can help with all around energy savings for your home.