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 frigid temperatures, putting in or upgrading insulation is usually high on the list. When you’re deciding how much to spend to winterize your home, do you know how much to budget for insulation? Golden Seal Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning 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 a professional insulation company come in and do the job. Doing it yourself could save you money, but you will have to buy all the components, equipment, and use your own time doing the job (typically a two-day project). Also, if something should happen, you’ll have to pay to troubleshoot any issues. Plus, spending long periods of time 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 $850 and $2000 to have blown-in insulation installed. Naturally, 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 improve 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 usually higher quality and is more effective because it is more comprehensive and covers more areas that are more difficult to access for the common DIY installation.

Second, expert insulation installers will know how much insulation you need for each section of your home. Homeowners often miscalculate the amount of insulation they need to insulate their home, leaving their insulation job inefficient and in need of additional insulation. This can cost you more money over time, not just for more components and equipment, but also because your utility bills could increase since your insulation isn’t as effective as it could be.

Another thing to keep in mind is equipment. To correctly install insulation you typically need special equipment. Homeowners can rent equipment to install insulation, but the quality of the equipment, like the quality of the actual insulation, it usually higher with an established insulation installation company. Plus you won’t need to worry about whether you are using the equipment properly.

Not only can upgrading insulation help you save money on your heating and cooling bills, you can also get 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 Heating & Air Conditioning 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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