How Much Home Insulation Costs

November 20, 2016

Winter is right around the corner, and when it comes to preparing your home for the freezing temperatures, installing 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 is here with a few estimates of how much you can expect to pay 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 a professional insulation team come in and perform the job. Deciding to do it yourself can save you money, but you will have to buy all the materials, equipment, and devote your own time doing the work (typically a two-day project). Also, if something should happen, you’ll have to pay to repair 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 discover that most homeowners 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 main takeaway is that even with a moderate investment you can drastically improve the energy efficiency of your home while also upgrading your comfort.

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

For a couple reasons.

First, professionally 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 harder to access for the usual DIY installation.

Second, established insulation installers will know how much insulation you require for each section 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 more insulation. This can cost you more money ultimately, not just for more materials 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 remember is equipment. To appropriately install insulation you commonly need special equipment. You can rent equipment to place insulation, but the standard of the equipment, like the quality of the actual insulation, it typically higher with an established insulation installation company. Plus you won’t have to worry about whether you are operating 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, Roland J. Down Service Experts is currently offering discounts on furnace 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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