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, putting in or upgrading insulation is normally high on the list. When you’re deciding how much to spend to get your home ready for winter, do you know how much to budget for insulation? Strogen's Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning 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 a professional insulation team come in and do the work. Choosing to do it yourself can save you money, but you will be responsible purchasing all the components, equipment, and devote your own time doing the task (typically a multi-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 average 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 reflects “do it yourself” installations. But, the important point is that even with a modest investment you can seriously upgrade the energy efficiency of your home while also improving your comfort.

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

For a couple reasons.

First, company installed insulation typically has a higher R-value, the measure of resistance to heat flow through a certain thickness of material. In normal words 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 know how much insulation you should have for each region of your home. Homeowners often underestimate the amount of insulation needed 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 appropriately install insulation you typically need special equipment. Homeowners can rent equipment to put in insulation, but the standard of the equipment, like the quality of the actual insulation, it usually higher with a professional insulation installation contractor. Plus you won’t need to worry about whether you are operating the equipment appropriately.

Not only can adding insulation help you save money on your energy bills, you can also get a tax credit amount of 10% of the cost, up to $500.  

Remember while you’re readying your home for winter, Strogen's Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is currently offering discounts on heating 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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