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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Looking to save money on energy bills? Check your basement.

When thinking about insulation, the attic is the first area of a home that comes to mind. Many homeowners never think of the energy lost through their basement box sills and rim joists.

Basement box sills and rim joists are a major source of energy loss. These areas are located around the perimeter of the basement ceiling, where the walls of the home meet the foundation. It is one of the thinnest points in a home’s exterior and allows outside air to easily leak into the basement.

Not only can unconditioned outside air enter the home through this area, it is a convenient entrance point for pests. Spiders, bugs and other creatures can easily find their way into your home through penetration points left behind around HVAC, electrical and plumbing access points around the basement ceiling.

Spray foam is an ideal product to both insulate and air seal rim joists and box sills. Spray foam insulation is a two-in-one product that both seals air leaks and insulates. Be sure to hire a qualified, insured and experienced spray foam contractor for the job to ensure your basement box sills and rim joists are properly insulated and air sealed.

Insulating and air sealing your rim joists and box sills will make your basement (and entire home) more comfortable, help keep out pests and help reduce your energy bills. Contact us to schedule your free estimate!

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