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Don’t Forget To Insulate!

There are many things to think about when you are starting your basement finishing project – what kind of space do you want, choosing the right lighting, flooring decisions and more! One thing that you might not think about that is really important is insulation.

People will often overlook the importance of insulation in the basement – but you shouldn’t! Installing insulation when you are finishing your basement is ideal – it will be easier and cost less than having to add it later. Here are a few reasons you should consider insulating your basement as part of your project:

Comfort: Basements tend to be colder spaces anyway, both because they are underground and because hot air rises. If you are creating your basement space with the idea of creating a space for your family to spend time, or as a guest area for out of town guests and family, you definitely want to consider insulating the space to increase the comfort.
Energy Savings: We all know that insulation in an attic can help you save on energy costs, but the same is true in the basement. Insulating the walls and floor in the basement will help keep warm air inside in the winter, and cool air inside in the summer. You will likely see a savings on your energy costs year round by insulating the basement.
Xcel Energy Rebates: You will also qualify for a rebate from Xcel Energy by installing insulation of a certain grade in 2014. Xcel offers a rebate equal to 20% of the cost of the labor and materials for insulation installation, with a limit of $300. Again, you must install a certain grade of insulation to qualify, so be sure to contact Xcel to make sure the insulation you choose meets the requirements.
Insulation Options: We typically recommend just insulating the walls. Some people think they should also insulate the ceiling but installing insulation in the ceiling doesn’t really help make the home more efficient. It only really blocks sound from going to the rest of the house.