Basement Wall Insulation

Well-insulated basement walls can make your home more comfortable and quieter, and guard against moisture problems and water pipe breakage.

Well-insulated basement walls can yield many sorts of benefits in addition to energy cost savings. For example, well-insulated basement walls can:

  • improve comfort. Basement wall insulation can make your home more comfortable by buffering your home against high outside temperatures in summer and cold temperatures in winter. Proper insulation will help minimize uncomfortable drafts. Additionally, the surface temperature of your walls will stay closer to the desired room temperature (so the walls are warmer to the touch in winter, for example).
  • Make your home quieter. A well-insulated building envelope can make your home quieter by blocking outdoor noise sources.
  • reduce moisture-related problems. Moisture can be introduced into basement walls by outside weather conditions (humidity or precipitation) as well as indoor sources of moisture (people, showers, cooking, etc.) If the moisture meets cold surfaces along the way it can condense and invite mold growth or moisture damage problems. Proper insulation reduces moisture-related problems.
  • lower the risk of frozen water pipes. Water pipes running inside poorly insulated walls can be exposed to freeze damage; proper insulation will lower the risk. Hundreds of millions of dollars in insurance claims are filed each year for frozen water pipe damages. In relatively mild regions that experience occasional strong freezes, people often don't anticipate the problem and fail to take preventive measures ahead of time.

Ceiling Insulation

A well-insulated ceiling can make your home more comfortable and quieter, reduce the risk of moisture damage, enhance fire safety, make your home more disaster-resistant, and help guard against pipe freezing.

A well-insulated ceiling can yield many sorts of benefits in addition to energy cost savings. For example, a well-insulated ceiling can:

  • Make your home more comfortable. A well-insulated ceiling buffers your home against high outside temperatures in summer and cold temperatures in winter, making your home more comfortable. Well-insulated construction also helps minimize uncomfortable drafts.
  • Make your home quieter. A well-insulated building "envelope" can make your home quieter by blocking outdoor noise sources.
  • reduce moisture-related problems. Moisture can be introduced into ceiling cavities by outside weather conditions (humidity or precipitation) as well as indoor sources of moisture (people, showers, cooking, etc.) If the moisture meets cold surfaces along the way it can condense and invite mold growth or moisture damage problems.
  • improve fire safety. Well-insulated building envelopes can improve fire safety by reducing air leakage that could otherwise nourish a fire. And, uneven (or missing) insulation can provide channels through which fires can spread. The use of approved products and installation practices (e.g. electrical safety measures) must be observed to guard against insulation-related fires.
  • remain comfortable longer during power outages. Proper insulation reduces heat loss through the building envelope, allowing your home to remain comfortable and habitable longer during power outages.
  • lower the risk of frozen water pipes. Water pipes in uninsulated ceiling areas can be exposed to freeze damage; proper insulation will lower the risk. Hundreds of millions of dollars in insurance claims are filed each year for frozen water pipe damages. In relatively mild regions that experience occasional strong freezes, people often don't anticipate the problem and fail to take preventive measures ahead of time.
  • reduce the likelihood of ice forming in attics or "ice dams" on top of the roof. Ice dams are caused by the melting of rooftop snow over the warm roof, and re-freezing at the cold eave. Water pools behind the eave and can run under the roofing. Ice dams are a common cause of roof damages and also dangerous conditions for pedestrians around the home.

Crawl Space Wall Insulation

Well-insulated crawlspace walls can make your home more comfortable and quiet, and guard against moisture problems and frozen water pipes.

Well-insulated crawlspace walls can yield many sorts of benefits in addition to energy cost savings. For example, well-insulated crawlspace walls can:

  • improve comfort. Crawlspace wall insulation can make your home more comfortable by buffering your home against high outside temperatures in summer and cold temperatures in winter. Proper insulation will help minimize uncomfortable drafts.
  • Make your home quieter. A well-insulated building envelope can make your home quieter by blocking outdoor noise sources.
  • reduce moisture-related problems. Moisture can be introduced into uninsulated, leaky or poorly-installed crawlspace wall insulation by outside weather conditions (humidity or precipitation) as well as indoor sources of moisture (people, showers, cooking, etc.) If the moisture meets cold surfaces along the way it can condense and invite mold growth or moisture damage problems. Proper insulation reduces moisture-related problems.
  • lower the risk of frozen water pipes. Water pipes running inside uninsulated or poorly insulated crawlspaces can be exposed to freeze damage; proper insulation will lower the risk. Hundreds of millions of dollars in insurance claims are filed each year for frozen water pipe damages. In relatively mild regions that experience occasional strong freezes, people often don't anticipate the problem and fail to take preventive

Floor Insulation

A well-insulated floor (above a basement or crawlspace) can make your home more comfortable and quieter, reduce the risk of moisture damage, enhance fire safety, make your home more disaster-resistant, and help guard against pipe freezing.

A well-insulated floor can yield many sorts of benefits in addition to energy cost savings. For example, a well-insulated floor can:

  • improve comfort. Floor insulation can make your home more comfortable by buffering your home against high outside temperatures in summer and cold temperatures in winter. Well-insulated floors will help minimize uncomfortable drafts. Additionally, the surface temperature of your floor will stay closer to the desired room temperature (so the floor is warmer to the touch in winter, for example).
  • reduce moisture-related problems. Moisture can be introduced into floor cavities by outside weather conditions (humidity or precipitation) as well as indoor sources of moisture (people, showers, cooking, etc.) If the moisture meets cold surfaces along the way it can condense and invite mold growth or moisture damage problems.
  • improve fire safety. Well-insulated building envelopes can improve fire safety by reducing air leakage that could otherwise nourish a fire. And, uneven (or missing) insulation can provide channels through which fires can spread. The use of approved products and installation practices (e.g. electrical safety measures) must be observed to guard against insulation-related fires.
  • remain comfortable longer during power outages. Proper insulation reduces heat loss through the building envelope, allowing your home to remain comfortable and habitable longer during power outages.
  • lower the risk of frozen water pipes. Water pipes in uninsulated basements or crawlspaces can be exposed to freeze damage; proper insulation will lower the risk. Hundreds of millions of dollars in insurance claims are filed each year for frozen water pipe damages. In relatively mild regions that experience occasional strong freezes, people often don't anticipate the problem and fail to take preventive measures ahead of time.
  • Make your home quieter. A well-insulated building envelope can make your home quieter by blocking outdoor noise sources.

Boiler Pipe Insulation

Insulating boiler pipes reduces noise and the likelihood of freeze-related breakage.

Boiler pipe insulation can help tone down the sound of water circulating through boiler pipes in the home.

Insulating boiler pipes also reduces the potential for freeze damage. While usually full of warm water, during periods in which the system is not operating (for example, when a home is unoccupied), water-filled pipes can freeze and break causing substantial damage to the home and contents.

Well-Insulated Ducts

Well-insulated ducts can help avoid rooftop ice-dam formation during the winter.

Insulating ducts located in your attic reduces the leakage of heat into the attic. Heat leaks can cause rooftop snow to melt, resulting in dangerous ice dams. Ice dams are a common cause of roof damage and also dangerous conditions from melting ice for pedestrians around the home.

Upgraded Wall Insulation

Wall insulation can make your home more comfortable and quieter, reduce the risk of moisture damage, enhance fire safety, make your home more disaster-resistant, and help guard against pipe freezing.

Well-insulated walls can provide many sorts of benefits in addition to saving energy.

Well-insulated walls will make your home more comfortable by buffering your home against high outside temperatures in summer and cold temperatures in winter.

Well-insulated walls can also help minimize uncomfortable drafts and make your home quieter by blocking outdoor noise.

Properly installed insulation also helps to seal your home against unwanted air leakage (sometimes known as "infiltration"). By helping to reduce unwanted infiltration, the likelihood of moisture problems is also reduced. Moisture can be introduced into walls, floors, or ceiling cavities by outside weather conditions (humidity or precipitation) as well as indoor sources of moisture (people, showers, cooking, etc.) If the moisture meets cold surfaces along the way it can condense and invite mold growth or moisture damage problems.

Well-insulated walls can improve fire safety in several ways. Air leakage can supply outside air that helps to nourish fires, and uneven (or missing) insulation can provide channels within walls through which fires can spread. The use of approved products and installation practices (e.g. electrical safety measures) must be observed to guard against insulation-related fires.

Another benefit of well-insulated homes is that during power outages, your home can remain comfortable and habitable longer than the ordinary home. This can help lower the costs of relocation often faced by people during power outages caused by major storms and other natural disasters.

Proper wall insulation can reduce the risk of freeze damage to water pipes running inside the walls by insulating the pipes from the elements.

Thermally "massive" (e.g. concrete) and well-insulated walls also offer many of the above-mentioned benefits, in addition to helping take advantage of solar energy gains.

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