Winter is on its way, and when it comes to preparing your home for the frigid temperatures, installing or upgrading insulation is usually near the top of that list. When you’re budgeting to prepare your home for winter, do you know how much to allocate to insulation? Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing is here with a couple estimates of how much you can expect to invest for insulation in the U.S..
The first thing to consider when adding or upgrading insulation in your home is whether you want to do it yourself or have a professional insulation company come in and perform the work. Deciding to do it yourself can save you money, but you will have to buy all the insulation, equipment, and use your own time doing the task (typically a more than one day project). Also, if something should go wrong, you’ll have to pay to fix any issues. Plus, spending long periods of time in an attic or crawlspace isn’t how most people want to spend their free time.
The typical cost of blown-in insulation installation is around $1000 – $1500. We find that most people spend between $875-$1900 to have blown-in insulation installed. Naturally, the lower end of the cost estimate is due to “do it yourself” installations. But, the main takeaway is that even with a moderate investment you can significantly upgrade the energy efficiency of your home while also enhancing your comfort.
So with the potential savings, why wouldn’t you just do the work yourself?
For a couple reasons.
First, company installed insulation typically has a higher R-value, the standard of resistance to heat flow through a certain thickness of material. Simply put? The insulation installed by insulation companies is normally higher quality and is more effective because it is more extensive and covers more areas that are more difficult to access for the typical DIY installation.
Second, professional insulation installers will understand how much insulation you require for each section of your home. Homeowners often miscalculate the amount of insulation they need to insulate their home, leaving their insulation job inefficient and in need of further insulation. This can cost a lot more money in the long run, not just for more insulation and equipment, but also because your heating and cooling bills could rise since your insulation isn’t as effective as it could be.
Another thing to keep in mind is equipment. To correctly install insulation you typically need particular equipment. Consumers can rent equipment to put in insulation, but the quality of the equipment, like the quality of the actual insulation, it usually higher with a professional insulation installation business. Plus you don’t need to worry about whether you are running the equipment appropriately.
Not only can adding insulation help you save money on your energy bills, you can also receive a tax credit amount of 10% of the cost, up to $500.
Remember while you’re readying your home for winter, Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing is currently offering discounts on seasonal tune-ups, home comfort systems, and complete home insulation options. Call 866-397-3787 today to set up your service appointment and make sure your furnace is ready to keep you safe and warm all winter!
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