How Much Home Insulation Costs

November 20, 2016

Winter is right around the corner, and when it comes to winterizing your home for the icy temperatures, installing or upgrading insulation is normally high on the list. When you’re deciding how much to spend to winterize your home, do you know how much to allocate to insulation? Strogen's Service Experts is here with a few estimates of how much you can expect to invest for insulation in Rochester.

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 do the work. Doing it yourself could save you money, but you will have to purchase all the components, equipment, and devote your own time doing the task (typically a two-day project). Also, if something should happen, you’ll have to pay to repair any issues. Plus, a job in your attic or crawlspace isn’t how most people want to spend their free time.

The typical cost of blown-in insulation installation is $1000 - $1500. We find that most consumers spend between $875-$1900 to have blown-in insulation installed. Obviously, the lower end of the cost estimate is due to “do it yourself” installations. But, the main takeaway is that even with a modest investment you can seriously upgrade the energy efficiency of your home while also upgrading your comfort.

So with the probable savings, why wouldn’t you just do it yourself?

There are a few reasons.

First, company installed insulation usually has a higher R-value, the measure of resistance to heat flow through a certain thickness of material. In English The insulation installed by professionals is usually higher quality and is more effective because it is more extensive and covers more spaces that are tougher to access for the common DIY installation.

Second, professional insulation installers will be aware how much insulation you should have for each region of your home. Homeowners often miscalculate the amount of insulation required 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 components and equipment, but also because your heating and cooling 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 typically need specific equipment. You 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 contractor. Plus you won’t need to worry about whether you are using the equipment appropriately.

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, Strogen's Service Experts is currently offering discounts on furnace tune-ups, HVAC systems, and complete home insulation options. Call 603-923-4570 today to schedule your service appointment and be sure your furnace is ready to keep you safe and comfortable all winter!

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