How Much Home Insulation Costs

November 20, 2016

Winter is right around the corner, and when it comes to getting your home ready for the freezing temperatures, installing or upgrading insulation is typically at the top of the list. When you’re deciding how much to spend to get your home ready for winter, do you know how much to allocate to insulation? Golden Seal Service Experts is here with a couple estimates of how much you can expect to pay for insulation in Saint Charles.

The first thing to consider 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 do the job. Choosing to do it yourself could save you money, but you will have to buy all the components, equipment, and spend your own time doing the work (typically a two-day project). Also, if something should happen, you’ll have to pay to troubleshoot any issues. Plus, working 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 around $1000 - $1500. We find that most people spend between $875-$1900 to have blown-in insulation installed. Obviously, the lower end of the cost estimate is in large part due to “do it yourself” installations. But, the key point is that even with a smaller investment you can drastically upgrade the energy efficiency of your home while also enhancing your comfort.

So with the likely savings, why wouldn’t you just do the work yourself?

There are multiple reasons.

First, professionally installed insulation usually has a higher R-value, the amount of resistance to heat flow through a specific thickness of material. Simply put? The insulation installed by experts is typically higher quality and is more effective because it is more comprehensive and covers more areas that are harder to access for the common DIY installation.

Second, professional insulation installers will know 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 homeowners more money over time, not just for more components and equipment, but also because your utility bills could go up since your insulation isn’t as effective as it could be.

Another thing to remember is equipment. To correctly install insulation you usually need specific equipment. You can rent equipment to install insulation, but the quality 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 using the equipment properly.

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

Remember while you’re preparing your home for winter, Golden Seal Service Experts is currently offering discounts on seasonal tune-ups, home comfort systems, and complete home insulation options. Call 630-246-2698 today for your service appointment and ensure your furnace is ready to keep you safe and warm all winter!

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