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Old 09-26-2009, 06:08 PM   #1
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Bad idea to keep basement uninsulated for a winter?


I've been ripping the drywall and studs (2x2's lol) out of the basement so I can redo it later, and probably just paint everything for now. What I only considered till now is, my basement wont be insulated at all. Will I have any issues going through a winter like this? Even unfinished basements usually at least have some insulation and studs with the vapor barrier.

I'm fairly tollerent to cold so I won't be cranking the heat to compensate for the loss, but my main worry is that it actually gets below zero down there. I have a 4000w heater in the crawlspace under the garage that needs to be on in winter as it actually does get below zero there due to lack of circulation, and it used to be closed in before.

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Leave the Insulation around the sills, but when you pull from the basement walls, if it is a heated space for living, yes there will be some heat loss. You really will not notice upstairs, unless you keep a door wide open to allow outside cold air to enter in the basement.

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My basement is not insulated
We've been here 6 years now, no immediate plans to insulate it
It stays between 55 (wood heat) & 63 (reg heat on)

My sill/rim joist area is insulated, so very little uninsulated wall above ground - if any
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Wont really be living space, but guess it will be good for the servers as I'll put them down there. So I should not see the temp drop too much even with -50's outside?
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How much of your basement walls are above ground?
From the pics I think most was underground if I remember right
I had single pain windows - partially broken & it still stayed 45 down there
But we don't get -50 F here, maybe single digits
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Most of it is under ground. How much is below frost level, I'm not sure. The foundation is maybe 6-7 feet deep into the ground. If it matters it's cinder blocks so the air might act as insulation a bit.

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