How Much Home Insulation Costs

November 20, 2016

Winter is on its way, and when it comes to preparing your home for the frigid temperatures, putting in or upgrading insulation is normally high on the list. When you’re budgeting to winterize your home, do you know how much to allocate to insulation? Broad Ripple Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is here with a couple estimates of how much you can expect to shell out for insulation in Indianapolis.

The first thing to decide when putting in or upgrading insulation in your home is whether you want to do it yourself or have an expert insulation team come in and perform the job. Choosing to do it yourself may save you money, but you will have to purchase all the materials, equipment, and spend your own time doing the task (typically a two-day project). Also, if something should go wrong, you’ll have to pay to repair any issues. Plus, spending long periods of time in the 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 see that most people 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 main takeaway is that even with a smaller investment you can drastically upgrade the energy efficiency of your home while also upgrading your comfort.

So with the possible savings, why wouldn’t you just install insulation yourself?

There are a few reasons.

First, company installed insulation typically has a higher R-value, the standard of resistance to heat flow through a given thickness of material. Simply put? The insulation installed by insulation companies is normally higher quality and is more effective because it is more comprehensive and covers more areas that are more difficult to access for the typical DIY installation.

Second, established insulation installers will know how much insulation you need for each section of your home. Homeowners often misjudge the amount of insulation they need to insulate their home, leaving their insulation job 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 go up since your insulation isn’t as effective as it could be.

Another thing to consider is equipment. To properly install insulation you commonly need specific equipment. Consumers can rent equipment to install insulation, but the caliber of the equipment, like the quality of the actual insulation, it usually higher with an expert insulation installation company. Plus you don’t have to worry about whether you are running the equipment properly.

Not only can adding 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 getting your home ready for winter, Broad Ripple Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is currently offering discounts on heating tune-ups, home comfort systems, and complete home insulation options. Call 317-527-0271 today for your service appointment and ensure your furnace is ready to keep you safe and comfortable all winter!

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