I don't know which end is up anymore!!!
I have a twin built in 1908 in South Jersey. I think it is balloon construction, though I am not really sure what that is. The basement is damp and moldy (a problem I am working on) as is the rest of the state and there is no insulation in most of the house. Most of the walls are plaster and not in the best of shape.
I am having the old siding (insulbrick from 1945) torn down and vinyl siding put up. I am also having the roofs worked on.
During all of this, I would like to insulate the house before spending $400 a month on utility bills this winter! However I don't know what to do.
I am absolutely paranoid about mold and don't want anything that would trap mositure or provide a habitat for mold/mildew. I would also prefer to have something blown in vs. tearing all the walls out and putting up drywall. The spots where the plaster is cracked with holes is covered in panneling from the 70's...I plan on spackling over that vs. tearing it out...tearing it out would open up a whole other can of worms!
What is my best course of action?
Thanks in advance for any advice you can lend.
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