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Cold hardwood floors over unheated basement...insulation?

Posted by Eric on February 15th, 2000 01:33 PM

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I am wondering if anyone has any opinions about insulating
under the floor above an unheated basement. I have already
insulated the sill space on top of the foundation walls
between the floor joists, and maybe that helped but the
floors still seem to be very cold. I have an oil-fired boiler
in the basement which in theory should keep the basement
no less then 60 degrees just from heat loss from the boiler,
but it seems like it gets a lot colder than that down there,
especially this winter (New England).
Also, I plan to finish the basement someday, and part of
that plan, I assume would be to provide heat to the basement.
Will this necessitate ripping out the floor insulation or
will it not hurt anything to keep it at that point?
Thanks for any responses.

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