Winter is right around the corner, and when it comes to preparing your home for the frigid temperatures, installing or upgrading insulation is normally high on the list. When you’re budgeting to get your home ready for winter, do you know how much to allot for insulation? Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing is here with some estimates of how much you can expect to invest for insulation in the U.S..
The first thing to decide when adding or upgrading insulation in your home is if you want to do it yourself or have a professional insulation contractor come in and perform the work. Choosing to do it yourself can save you money, but you will be responsible purchasing all the insulation, equipment, and use your own time doing the task (typically a two-day project). Also, if something goes wrong, you’ll have to pay to fix any issues. Plus, spending long periods of time in the attic or crawlspace leaves much to be desired.
The average cost of blown-in insulation installation is $1000 – $1500. We discover that most homeowners spend between $875-$1900 to have blown-in insulation installed. Obviously, the lower end of the cost estimate is due to “do it yourself” installations. But, the important point is that even with a smaller investment you can seriously improve the energy efficiency of your home while also improving your comfort.
So with the potential savings, why wouldn’t you just do the work yourself?
There are multiple reasons.
First, company installed insulation normally has a higher R-value, the standard of resistance to heat flow through a given thickness of material. Simply put? The insulation installed by experts is normally higher quality and is more effective because it is more thorough and covers more spaces that are more difficult to access for the common DIY installation.
Second, established insulation installers will understand how much insulation you should have for each section of your home. Homeowners often misjudge the amount of insulation needed to insulate their home, causing their insulation job to be inefficient and in need of further insulation. This can cost you more money over time, not just for more components and equipment, but also because your heating and cooling bills could increase since your insulation isn’t as useful as it could be.
Another thing to consider is equipment. To properly install insulation you usually need specific equipment. Homeowners can rent equipment to place insulation, but the quality of the equipment, like the quality of the actual insulation, it normally higher with an expert insulation installation business. Plus you don’t need to worry about whether you are running the equipment appropriately.
Not only can installing insulation help you save money on your energy bills, you can also get a tax credit amount of 10% of the cost, up to $500.
Remember while you’re preparing your home for winter, Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing is currently offering discounts on furnace tune-ups, HVAC systems, and complete home insulation options. Call 866-397-3787 today to set up your service appointment and be sure your furnace is ready to keep you safe and warm all winter!
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