How Much Home Insulation Costs

November 20, 2016

Winter is right around the corner, and when it comes to winterizing your home for the frigid temperatures, installing or upgrading insulation is typically high on the 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 is here with a couple estimates of how much you can expect to pay for insulation in Livermore.

The first thing to decide when putting in or upgrading insulation in your home is if you want to do it yourself or have an established insulation contractor come in and perform the job. Choosing to do it yourself may save you money, but you will have to purchase all the insulation, equipment, and spend your own time doing the job (typically a two-day project). Also, if something should happen, you’ll have to pay to troubleshoot any issues. Plus, spending long periods of time in an attic or crawlspace leaves much to be desired.

The typical cost of blown-in insulation installation is $1000 - $1500. We find that most people spend between $900 and $1900 to have blown-in insulation installed. Undoubtedly, 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 moderate investment you can drastically improve the energy efficiency of your home while also enhancing your comfort.

So with the likely savings, why wouldn’t you just do it yourself?

For a couple reasons.

First, expertly installed insulation typically has a higher R-value, the measure of resistance to heat flow through a specific thickness of material. In English The insulation installed by professionals is normally higher quality and is more effective because it is more extensive and covers more areas that are harder to access for the typical DIY installation.

Second, expert insulation installers will know how much insulation you should have for each section of your home. Homeowners often misjudge the amount of insulation they need to insulate their home, resulting in their insulation job being inefficient and in need of further insulation. This can cost homeowners more money in the long run, not just for more components and equipment, but also because your energy bills could rise since your insulation isn’t as useful as it could be.

Another thing to keep in mind is equipment. To properly install insulation you usually need special equipment. Homeowners can rent equipment to put in insulation, but the caliber of the equipment, like the quality of the actual insulation, it normally higher with a professional insulation installation company. Plus you won’t need to worry about whether you are running the equipment appropriately.

Not only can upgrading insulation help you save money on your heating and cooling 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 is currently offering discounts on furnace tune-ups, home comfort systems, and complete home insulation options. Call 925-364-5427 today to set up your service appointment and ensure your furnace is ready to keep you safe and warm all winter!

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