Re: Insulating the basement ceiling
Logically it makes sense to insulate the heating pipes so as not to loose it's heat to the surrounding air.
Does insulating the basement ceiling save significant energy cost, or is it better to just insulate the heating pipes?
In my opinion insulating the basement ceiling has little benefit since warm air rises it will benefit the level above.
One area that would be more critical ensuring insulation is the perimeter rim joist. This will greatly reduce heat loss or cold infiltration to the floors near the walls.
I'm uncertain as to the building code in your area ... being that your house is relatively new ( 8 years old) are the basement walls insulated?
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