Buyers of houses today are looking for ways to save money on energy bills. Putting in a simple and inexpensive moisture barrier may lower the utility costs and attract more buyers.
Columbia County PA – Real Estate Investors: Selling a home these days might be easier done if you can claim that your house for sale is green or at least has some green and energy saving features. Some things you can do to qualify as energy efficient are quite easy and not expensive. The resulting energy savings will be well worth your trouble.
A very simple solution to a cold floor is to add a moisture barrier under it. Houses built over basement foundations can be insulated easily by stapling a sheet of the new bubble wrap at the ceiling of the basement across the joists, which is the underside of the first story floor.
Selling a home these days might be easier done
if you can claim that your house for sale is green.
You will be surprised at how much this will help the retention of heat in the house, as the heat is often lost through the flooring. When the basement is unheated and unfinished there is a big empty space that absorbs and holds the cold, damp air under the living areas of the house.
The new bubble wrap is energy approved and relatively inexpensive. It is simply two thin sheets of plastic with little bubbles of space between them. You can buy it in either perforated or non-perforated style. Know which you really need before you buy it. The non-perforated type will serve as a moisture barrier to keep dampness from coming up through the floor. The perforated type is used at the top of a building under the roof where heat gathers. It is perforated for ventilation so the moisture doesn’t collect up there.
If you plan to insulate a crawl space under your house where there is no basement, it works the same way. You can staple the bubble wrap under the floor joists to keep the dirt floor of the crawl space from sending cold and damp air up through the floor.
The use of plastic sheeting is something that has been used in the past to do the same job. If you use it, though, realize that it will be used in the same way as non-perforated bubble wrap. It doesn’t breathe and will hold the moisture so it belongs under the house, not at the ceiling level where the heat causes moisture to evaporate and collect.
It will be a cheap and simple improvement you can make that will allow you to call your house energy improved. The buyers of today want as much energy efficiency as they can get, so this will not be a waste of your time.