Winter is right around the corner, and when it comes to winterizing your home for the frigid temperatures, putting in or upgrading insulation is usually high on the list. When you’re budgeting 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 invest for insulation in the U.S..
The first thing to think about when adding or upgrading insulation in your home is do you want to do it yourself or have an established insulation contractor come in and perform the job. Choosing to do it yourself could save you money, but you will have to buy all the insulation, equipment, and devote your own time doing the job (typically a multi-day project). Also, if something should happen, you’ll have to pay to troubleshoot 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 average cost of blown-in insulation installation is around $1000 – $1500. We see that most consumers spend between $875-$1900 to have blown-in insulation installed. Obviously, the lower end of the cost estimate reflects “do it yourself” installations. But, the important point is that even with a modest investment you can dramatically boost the energy efficiency of your home while also enhancing your comfort.
So with the probable savings, why wouldn’t you just do it yourself?
There are multiple reasons.
First, expertly installed insulation usually has a higher R-value, the standard of resistance to heat flow through a specific thickness of material. Simply put? The insulation installed by experts is usually higher quality and is more effective because it is more comprehensive and covers more spaces that are harder to access for the usual DIY installation.
Second, established insulation installers will be aware how much insulation you require for each section of your home. Homeowners often miscalculate the amount of insulation they need to insulate their home, resulting in their insulation job being inefficient and in need of additional insulation. This can cost you more money in the long run, not just for more insulation and equipment, but also because your utility bills could rise since your insulation isn’t as effective as it could be.
Another thing to keep in mind is equipment. To properly install insulation you typically need particular equipment. Consumers can rent equipment to put in 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 don’t have to worry about whether you are using the equipment correctly.
Not only can upgrading insulation help you save money on your heating and cooling bills, you can also receive 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, heating and cooling systems, and complete home insulation options. Call 866-397-3787 today to set up your service appointment and ensure your furnace is ready to keep you safe and cozy all winter!
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