Winter is on its way, and when it comes to getting your home ready for the freezing temperatures, adding or upgrading insulation is normally at the top of the list. When you’re deciding how much to spend to prepare your home for winter, do you know how much to allot for insulation? Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing is here with a couple estimates of how much you can expect to pay for insulation in the U.S..
The first thing to consider when installing or upgrading insulation in your home is whether you want to do it yourself or have a professional insulation company come in and perform the job. Doing it yourself can save you money, but you will be responsible purchasing all the materials, equipment, and use your own time doing the job (typically a two-day project). Also, if something should go wrong, you’ll have to pay to fix any issues. Plus, spending long periods of time 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 around $1000 – $1500. We find that most consumers spend between $875-$1900 to have blown-in insulation installed. Undoubtedly, the lower end of the cost estimate reflects “do it yourself” installations. But, the important point is that even with a moderate investment you can seriously improve the energy efficiency of your home while also upgrading your comfort.
So with the probable savings, why wouldn’t you just do it yourself?
For a couple reasons.
First, professionally installed insulation normally has a higher R-value, the amount of resistance to heat flow through a given thickness of material. In normal words The insulation installed by experts is usually higher quality and is more effective because it is more comprehensive and covers more sections that are harder to access for the usual DIY installation.
Second, expert insulation installers will be aware how much insulation you require for each area 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 more insulation. This can cost a lot more money ultimately, not just for more components and equipment, but also because your energy bills could go up since your insulation isn’t as effective as it could be.
Another thing to keep in mind is equipment. To correctly install insulation you usually need specific equipment. You can rent equipment to place insulation, but the caliber of the equipment, like the quality of the actual insulation, it typically higher with an established insulation installation contractor. Plus you won’t need to worry about whether you are running the equipment properly.
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 preparing your home for winter, Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing is currently offering discounts on heating 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 cozy all winter!
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