Wednesday, January 8th, 2014 by Betsy Rathburn
Have you ever heard the expression that most of your body’s heat escapes through the head and the feet? A house works in the same way! More often than not, heat from the home escapes most easily from the uppermost and lowermost parts of your home: the attic and the basement. And with the temperatures across Minnesota and North Dakota plummeting lately, letting heat escape your home is not something you want to do. It costs you more money on home energy bills and it makes your home much less comfortable than it could be.
Luckily, Innovative Basement Systems has a number of solutions from homeowners who want to stop heat from escaping:
1. Seal Cracks - And Stop New Ones from Forming
When your basement wall or floor has crack, it’s often a sign of a more serious problem, like a settling foundation or bowing walls. These problems should be addressed immediately, not only because of the threat they pose to your home’s structural integrity, but because of the secondary problems they can lead to, like basement flooding and money-wasting energy inefficiency.
Because of the stack effect, heat from inside your home can be lost when it gets pushed through cracks and gaps. Because of this, when you take care of the problem with your cracked basement walls, you’re actually taking care of several problems all at once!
2. Insulate Your Basement
What’s the best way to keep heat from escaping through your head and feet? Wearing a hat and socks! By extension, the best way to keep your attic and basement warm are to wrap them up in insulation. At Innovative, we can give your basement a huge comfort upgrade by installing our water-resistant, high r-value insulation along your basement walls. You’ll be able to go downstairs without getting a chill, and there will be less risk of cold air from the outside entering the basement.
As a bonus, when you use our insulated panels, your basement will be that much closer to being the cozy, comfortable finished space of your dreams.
3. Install Better Windows
Chances are, you don’t think about your basement windows too often. But they could be the thing stopping you from a warmer, more comfortable home. At Innovative, we offer only the best when it comes to basement window upgrades. Unlike the old, outdated windows of the past, our basement windows are made with durable vinyl frames and insulated glass that will keep your basement - and your home - sealed against the cold for years to come.
Are you interested in keeping your home warm this winter? Start from the bottom by protecting your basement from the cold. Minnesota and North Dakota homeowners, call us today at 877-365-0097 to get started by scheduling your free estimate.
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