Winter is coming, and when it comes to getting your home ready for the icy temperatures, putting in or upgrading insulation is usually at the top of the list. When you’re planning to winterize your home, do you know how much to allocate to 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 think about when installing or upgrading insulation in your home is if you want to do it yourself or have a professional insulation contractor come in and do the job. Doing it yourself could save you money, but you will be responsible purchasing all the insulation, equipment, and devote your own time doing the job (typically a more than one day project). Also, if something should happen, you’ll have to pay to fix any issues. Plus, working in an attic or crawlspace isn’t how most people want to spend their free time.
The usual cost of blown-in insulation installation is $1000 – $1500. We find that most consumers spend between $850 and $2000 to have blown-in insulation installed. Naturally, the lower end of the cost estimate is in large part due to “do it yourself” installations. But, the key point is that even with a moderate investment you can seriously upgrade the energy efficiency of your home while also upgrading your comfort.
So with the potential savings, why wouldn’t you just install insulation yourself?
There are a few reasons.
First, professionally installed insulation usually 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 thorough and covers more areas that are harder to access for the common DIY installation.
Second, professional insulation installers will be aware how much insulation you need for each section of your home. Homeowners often underestimate the amount of insulation they need to insulate their home, leaving their insulation job inefficient and in need of additional insulation. This can cost homeowners more money in the long run, not just for more insulation and equipment, but also because your energy bills could rise since your insulation isn’t as efficient as it could be.
Another thing to consider is equipment. To properly install insulation you commonly need specific equipment. You can rent equipment to install insulation, but the quality of the equipment, like the quality of the actual insulation, it typically higher with a professional insulation installation contractor. Plus you won’t have to worry about whether you are operating the equipment correctly.
Not only can upgrading 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, home comfort systems, and complete home insulation options. Call 866-397-3787 today for your service appointment and ensure your furnace is ready to keep you safe and comfortable all winter!
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