Basements were not always basements. Many years ago, the lower level of homes used to be known as cellars, or root cellars. The cool temperatures of root cellars made them perfect for storing a household’s preserves, jellies, pickles, and root vegetables. But this changed when houses started being built with poured concrete foundations. A potential room was added to a house’s living space by this new type of construction, one that many homeowners have taken advantage of by finishing off into a game room, or home theater. And even if you don’t have a finished basement, chances are you use yours for at least a laundry room. Basements can be an integral part of the house, in a way that root cellars never were. It can really pay to insulate your basement in the same way the rest of your home should be insulated to save on your heating and air conditioning bill.
Although it helps lower home heating costs, insulating a basement poses its own unique problems, which is why many homeowners are reluctant to invest in basement insulation. However, it’s well worth looking into; traditional basements, made of concrete or concrete block or stone, have almost no natural insulating properties. According to the Department of Energy, insulating your basement can save you between $300 and $500 every year on your heating and air conditioning budget.
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