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 normally high on the list. When you’re budgeting to get your home ready for winter, do you know how much to budget for insulation? Roland J. Down Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is here with some estimates of how much you can expect to shell out for insulation in Albany.

The first thing to think about when installing or upgrading insulation in your home is do you want to do it yourself or have an expert insulation team come in and perform the job. Deciding to do it yourself could save you money, but you will have to buy all the insulation, equipment, and devote your own time doing the job (typically a multi-day project). Also, if something should happen, you’ll have to pay to fix any issues. Plus, a job in your attic or crawlspace leaves much to be desired.

The average cost of blown-in insulation installation is around $1000 - $1500. We see that most people 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 important point is that even with a moderate investment you can significantly upgrade the energy efficiency of your home while also improving your comfort.

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

For a couple reasons.

First, company installed insulation typically has a higher R-value, the amount of resistance to heat flow through a given thickness of material. Simply put? The insulation installed by professionals is normally higher quality and is more effective because it is more comprehensive and covers more areas that are more difficult to access for the typical DIY installation.

Second, established insulation installers will be aware how much insulation you require for each area of your home. Homeowners often miscalculate the amount of insulation needed to insulate their home, causing their insulation job to be inefficient and in need of additional insulation. This can cost you more money ultimately, not just for more insulation and equipment, but also because your heating and cooling bills could rise since your insulation isn’t as useful as it could be.

Another thing to keep in mind is equipment. To appropriately install insulation you commonly need special equipment. You can rent equipment to place 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 have to worry about whether you are operating the equipment correctly.

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, Roland J. Down Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is currently offering discounts on heating tune-ups, HVAC systems, and complete home insulation options. Call 518-417-2938 today for your service appointment and ensure your furnace is ready to keep you safe and warm all winter!

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