Energy Saving Basements
There are many ways in which you can make the basement of your house more energy efficient in an economical manner. An energy efficient basement is a great way to save money as it can be designed to stay warm or cool depending on the season. At AFB, we can help you in creating perfect energy saving basements in Toronto as we have years of experience in the field of designing and remodeling basements. We have worked on basements of all shapes and sizes to remodel and finish them with energy efficient designs and construction materials. We design the basements in such a manner that it takes care of all the minor problems associated with moisture, dampness, mildew and mold. We also redesign basements that have poor design and replace the materials that are not energy efficient. In all, when you hire the services of AFB you can expect the best work when it comes to energy saving basements in the GTA.
With energy saving basements, you’ll not only be able to save money but also contribute to the well being of the environment. By using high quality basement building materials, you’ll be able to save money on heating or cooling of the basement as the basement will be designed in a manner that will keep it hot or cool depending on your preference in the season. The design of your energy saving basements also depends on the purpose for which you’ll be using the basement. If you’re using it as an office, you’ll need more natural light to prevent strain. If you’re using it as a laundry room, you’ll need to take additional precautions for preventing moisture and dampness. When you hire our services, you can rest assured that we’ll take care of all these factors and give you a well designed and energy saving basement at an affordable price. Contact us today for more information.
Living Energy Efficient is Important
Living energy efficiently, or going green, may seem like just another fad, but the impact an energy efficient house can have on the planet makes it worthy of becoming a new way of life. Aside from helping the environment, using energy efficient products can help home owners save some money in the end, which is a must in these cash-strapped times. Advanced Finished Basements provides a number of products to get you an energy efficient basement, keeping more cash in your wallet at the same time!
Insulating your basement could save around $300 to $500 a year in many areas of the country. It is also recommended that interior insulation is used rather than exterior insulation on basement walls because it is less expensive to install, allows you to use a wider selection of insulation types, eliminates the threat of insect infestations, and isolates the space from the cold earth more effectively. This takes you one step closer to an energy efficient house.
Insulated Basement Walls
AFB’s wall panels use 3 inches of high-density foam insulation, 1 inch of Rock Board, and can hold up to 500 pounds of weight on it without breaking, buckling or failing. AFB’s wall paneling is installed without wood or metal framing or studs. Wood and other organic materials can get moldy and rot when in a damp environment like a basement.
Before adding insulation or finishing the basement, Energy Star recommends finding and plugging all air leaks. Big holes that can be found hiding in the attic or basement should be plugged first. You should also take control of moisture in your home to improve the effectiveness of your sealing and insulation. Moisture control greatly improves energy efficiency in a home. Be sure to properly waterproof your basement.
Energy Efficient Basement Windows
Getting the proper basement windows can drastically improve the energy efficiency in your home. Low-quality windows allow heat to escape and cold drafts to get in.
AFB’s basement windows are made out of crystal-clear double thermopane glass with an R-insulation of 2.94, and an all-vinyl frame. Unlike metal or wooden framed windows, they will never rot, support mold growth, or rust, and will never need to be repainted.
Heat rises in a home, so only about 1% of a home’s energy is lost through the basement floor. Therefore, insulating the basement floor is not as beneficial as insulating the basement walls or basement windows. However, a home owner who uses the basement is going to be in continuous contact with the floor, and this homeowner is going to want the floor to be a warm, comfortable surface.
If you install tile, carpeting or other materials on the floor, cold and moisture from the floor will start to collect. Anything organic will rot, and the cold surface will be unpleasant to walk on. It’s best to first install an insulated sub floor that will create a thermal break between the cold concrete and the surface.
Thermal Drycore Underpad is non-organic and will never rot or grow mold. It sits on raised pegs, forming an airspace underneath that allows the flooring’s surface to be as much as ten degrees warmer than the concrete below.
Energy Star Dehumidifiers
Energy Star approved dehumidifiers will dry your basement and clean the air while using minimal energy. Using an energy efficient dehumidifier is mandatory for your eco-friendly house.