Cold, drafty floors in an old house
First off just want to thank everyone in advance. I live in an old balloon framed house in Northeast Vermont. There is a full basement under this house, the foundation is a combination of brick, concrete, and stone. Drafty and moist, my plan is to use closed cell spray foam on the walls..eventually. Unfortunately it isn’t in the budget yet. My question is, would it be safe and effective to staple polyethylene sheeting to the bottom of my first floor joists (attempting to stop the drafts) and to fill the bays with blown cellulose or fiberglass insulation? We heat our home with a pellet stove located on the first floor, so the basement is essentially unheated, and while it does house our oil fired water heater and our oil furnace it is otherwise unused 99 % of the time.
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