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 usually at the top of the list. When you’re planning to prepare your home for winter, do you know how much to budget for insulation? Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is here with a few estimates of how much you can expect to pay for insulation in Ocala.

The first thing to think about when putting in or upgrading insulation in your home is whether you want to do it yourself or have a professional insulation contractor come in and perform the job. Doing it yourself can save you money, but you will have to buy all the components, equipment, and devote your own time doing the work (typically a more than one day project). Also, if something should happen, you’ll have to pay to repair any issues. Plus, spending long periods of time in the attic or crawlspace can be exhausting and uncomfortable.

The usual cost of blown-in insulation installation is $1000 - $1500. We see 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 main takeaway is that even with a smaller investment you can seriously improve the energy efficiency of your home while also upgrading your comfort.

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

There are a few reasons.

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

Second, professional insulation installers will know how much insulation you should have for each region of your home. Homeowners often miscalculate the amount of insulation needed to insulate their home, resulting in their insulation job being inefficient and in need of more insulation. This can cost you more money ultimately, not just for more insulation and equipment, but also because your utility bills could increase since your insulation isn’t as useful as it could be.

Another thing to keep in mind is equipment. To appropriately install insulation you usually need special equipment. Consumers can rent equipment to install insulation, but the standard of the equipment, like the quality of the actual insulation, it normally higher with a professional insulation installation contractor. Plus you won’t need to worry about whether you are running the equipment correctly.

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

Remember while you’re getting your home ready for winter, Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is currently offering discounts on furnace tune-ups, heating and cooling systems, and complete home insulation options. Call 352-414-4006 today to schedule your service appointment and be sure your furnace is ready to keep you safe and cozy all winter!

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