Picture of a basement rim joist after applying 3 inches of 2part closed cell foam to create a thermal barrier & r-20 rating.

Basements are notorious for being cold, dank areas that homeowners avoid as much as they possibly can. The heat from your home can quickly escape through the basement and its immediate connection to the ground. This connection leads not only to the cold air associated with the basement but a higher moisture content that makes the basement unpleasant to be in. The basement also conducts heat from the main floor of your home, leaving that floor colder and raising energy costs.

In general, but especially during the summer months, moisture can seep through your walls and get absorbed by your insulation. This leads to the formation of condensation that can eventually cause mold, rot and reduced insulating performance. For this reason, fiberglass insulation usually needs to be avoided when insulating your basement. Closed-cell foam tends to be the insulation of choice.

How much money will basement insulation save you annually?

According to a report published by the U.S. Department of Energy, the annual savings attributable to R-20 basement insulation in a 1,500-square-foot home ranged from $280 per year in Washington, DC to $390 per year in Buffalo, New York, assuming that natural gas costs $0.72/therm.

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  • Laurel Brooks

    Beneficial Insulation has completed evaluation and insulation of three residential homes for us. Two of these homes are in Wisconsin and one is in northern Illinois where my mother lives.

  • Dr. Jason Stuckey

    We have a cape cod that was had a lot of air leakage and extremely uncomfortable in the upstairs bedrooms due to poor insulation in the attic. With air sealing and insulating the side walls our home is much more comfortable. The crew was very professional.

  • Priscilla P.

    Thank you very much for all your hard work. After hearing and thinking bad things about insulating contractors, it was a pleasure to do business with Beneficial Insulation Solutions. I have known for a long time that I needed more insulation in my attic.

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    A little over a year ago, you installed quite a bit of additional insulation in our home. This note is just to say thank you for your excellent work and solid recommendations.

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    In November we hired Beneficial Insulation Solutions, LLC to fully insulate our home. Owner Cliff Wakefield thoroughly explained the various options and procedures to us.

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