How Much Home Insulation Costs

November 20, 2016

Winter is on its way, and when it comes to winterizing your home for the freezing temperatures, installing or upgrading insulation is normally at the top of the list. When you’re deciding how much to spend to winterize your home, do you know how much to allot for insulation? BW/Cook Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is here with a couple estimates of how much you can expect to pay for insulation in Elkhart.

The first thing to think about when putting in or upgrading insulation in your home is do you want to do it yourself or have an expert insulation contractor come in and perform the work. Choosing to do it yourself can 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 fix any issues. Plus, working in an attic or crawlspace can be exhausting and uncomfortable.

The usual cost of blown-in insulation installation is between $1000 and $1500. We discover that most consumers spend between $900 and $1900 to have blown-in insulation installed. Undoubtedly, the lower end of the cost estimate reflects “do it yourself” installations. But, the key point is that even with a modest investment you can drastically improve the energy efficiency of your home while also enhancing your comfort.

So with the potential 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 given thickness of material. Simply put? The insulation installed by insulation companies is normally higher quality and is more effective because it is more thorough and covers more areas that are more difficult to access for the common DIY installation.

Second, established insulation installers will understand how much insulation you require for each area of your home. Homeowners often misjudge the amount of insulation needed to insulate their home, leaving their insulation job inefficient and in need of further insulation. This can cost homeowners more money over time, not just for more insulation and equipment, but also because your heating and cooling bills could increase since your insulation isn’t as effective as it could be.

Another thing to consider is equipment. To correctly install insulation you typically need specific equipment. You can rent equipment to put in insulation, but the caliber of the equipment, like the quality of the actual insulation, it normally higher with an expert insulation installation contractor. Plus you don’t have to worry about whether you are running the equipment properly.

Not only can upgrading 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 getting your home ready for winter, BW/Cook Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is currently offering discounts on seasonal tune-ups, heating and cooling systems, and complete home insulation options. Call 574-218-6404 today to set up your service appointment and make sure your furnace is ready to keep you safe and cozy all winter!

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