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Basement insulation question

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Hi there,

I currently have an unfinished basement that I am going to finish. I've been researching insulation methods and am particularly looking into whether or not to insulate the ceiling before putting up the drywall ceiling.

The main floor of my house is always colder than upstairs and I suspect much of this is due to the cold basement and heat transfer between the floors. I will only be finishing half of the basement and will only be insulating the walls in that section. However, in the unfinished section, there is a vented window outside of the boiler room (for the furnace) in a storage area and that area is cold. Should I insulate the ceiling in this unfinished storage area to help keep the room above it warm? Will this work?

Thanks for your help
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I agree w/ Wash you mostly insulate the exterior walls. Between floors it's mostly for soundproofing. At some point I'll be finishing my basement and I'd like to add insulation between floors for soundproof purposes depending on how I do my ceiling. Not sure if I want to drywall it, suspend or just paint it all black open ceiling look
My ceilings are low in my basement so I don't want to compromise space not really sure which way to go at this point. I'd love to Sheetrock, but hate not having access to ceiling. Suspended ceiling going to lower the ceiling and just painting black not going to give me any sound proofing or that solid living space feel. We shall see, thanks for post/info
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