The Ultimate Basement Wall Insulation Quiz

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4 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

Basements are an important space in today's homes. Proper insulation is important to make your basement comfortable, protect your home from heat loss and prevent moisture. Knowing about basement insulation will help you maintain your home. Take this quiz to see how good is your knowledge of insulating basement walls.

How many ways are there to insulate a basement?

You may insulate a basement three different ways: from the outside or from the middle of the foundation itself, usually while the house is under construction, or from the inside of the structure.


If insulation is improperly installed from the inside, what problems may occur?

Improperly installed inside insulation may cause moisture problems.


What is the most cost effective way to insulate an existing home's basement?

The most cost effective way to insulate a basement is from the inside of the structure.


In your area, who should you contact to find out about the building codes for insulation?

Contact your local building department.


How do you determine the proper R-value (thermal resistance) for your basement's insulation?

Check for recommendations at the International Energy Conservation Code.


In the U.S. how many R-value zones are there?

There are five R-value zones in the U.S.


What is the R-value for most of the country?

Most of the U.S. falls between R-5 and R-10.


The colder the climate, the _________ the R-value needed.

Colder climates need insulation with a higher R-value.


What is the most common type of insulation?

The most common type of insulation is blanket insulation.


Which insulation is usually less costly than the other choices?

Blanket insulation is usually the least costly.


How is loose-fill insulation installed?

Loose-fill insulation may be poured or blown-into the desired space.


What may happen if the insulation is not properly installed?

An insulation's thermal performance is only as good as its installation. Without proper installation, insulation may not meet its thermal performance expectations.


What may happen if the basement's airflow is restricted?

Restricted airflow may allow moisture to be trapped between the insulation and the wall.


What is a primary benefit of basement wall insulation?

The primary benefit is the energy cost savings.


What may be used as a vapor barrier?

Polyethylene sheeting may be used as a vapor barrier.


What are common ingredients in loose-fill insulation?

Cellulose, fiberglass and mineral wool may be found in loose-fill insulation.


Which type of loose-fill insulation is the most efficient?

Cellulose is the most efficient type of loose-fill insulation.


Many years ago, what type of flooring was found in the cellar?

Generations ago most cellars had dirt floors. Today's cellar, known as the basement, may be an integral part of your home. You may now need to store the canned peaches elsewhere.


Why are uninsulated basements usually cool and damp?

Most basements are below the ground level and by nature may be cool and damp.


Why may a dust mask or respirator be needed when installing insulation?

Some insulation materials may be harmful to your lungs.


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