Winter is on its way, and when it comes to winterizing your home for the freezing temperatures, adding or upgrading insulation is usually at the top of the list. When you’re deciding how much to spend to winterize your home, do you know how much to budget for insulation? Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing is here with some estimates of how much you can expect to shell out for insulation in the U.S..
The first thing to consider when installing or upgrading insulation in your home is if you want to do it yourself or have a professional insulation company come in and perform the job. Deciding to do it yourself can save you money, but you will be responsible purchasing all the insulation, equipment, and spend your own time doing the task (typically a more than one day project). Also, if something should happen, you’ll have to pay to fix any issues. Plus, working in your 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 consumers spend between $850 and $2000 to have blown-in insulation installed. Obviously, the lower end of the cost estimate is in large part due to “do it yourself” installations. But, the important point is that even with a modest investment you can significantly upgrade the energy efficiency of your home while also upgrading your comfort.
So with the probable savings, why wouldn’t you just do it yourself?
There are multiple reasons.
First, expertly installed insulation normally has a higher R-value, the amount of resistance to heat flow through a specific thickness of material. Simply put? The insulation installed by professionals is normally higher quality and is more effective because it is more extensive and covers more spaces that are harder to access for the usual DIY installation.
Second, professional insulation installers will be aware how much insulation you should have for each region of your home. Homeowners often underestimate the amount of insulation they need to insulate their home, resulting in their insulation job being inefficient and in need of more insulation. This can cost homeowners more money over time, not just for more insulation and equipment, but also because your utility bills could rise since your insulation isn’t as useful as it could be.
Another thing to consider is equipment. To appropriately install insulation you typically need special equipment. Consumers can rent equipment to place insulation, but the quality of the equipment, like the quality of the actual insulation, it typically higher with a professional insulation installation company. Plus you won’t need to worry about whether you are using the equipment appropriately.
Not only can adding insulation help you save money on your utility bills, you can also get a tax credit amount of 10% of the cost, up to $500.
Remember while you’re getting your home ready for winter, Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing is currently offering discounts on seasonal tune-ups, HVAC systems, and complete home insulation options. Call 866-397-3787 today for your service appointment and make sure your furnace is ready to keep you safe and comfortable all winter!
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