How Much Home Insulation Costs

November 20, 2016

Winter is on its way, and when it comes to preparing your home for the icy temperatures, putting in 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 allot for insulation? Barlow Service Experts is here with a couple estimates of how much you can expect to shell out for insulation in the Wasatch Front region.

The first thing to decide when installing or upgrading insulation in your home is if you want to do it yourself or have an expert insulation contractor come in and do the job. Deciding to do it yourself may save you money, but you will have to purchase all the insulation, equipment, and spend your own time doing the job (typically a multi-day project). Also, if something should go wrong, you’ll have to pay to repair any issues. Plus, working in your attic or crawlspace leaves much to be desired.

The usual cost of blown-in insulation installation is around $1000 - $1500. We find that most homeowners spend between $900 and $1900 to have blown-in insulation installed. Undoubtedly, the lower end of the cost estimate is due to “do it yourself” installations. But, the key point is that even with a modest investment you can dramatically improve the energy efficiency of your home while also upgrading your comfort.

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

There are a few reasons.

First, company installed insulation normally has a higher R-value, the measure of resistance to heat flow through a specific thickness of material. Simply put? The insulation installed by insulation companies is normally higher quality and is more effective because it is more extensive and covers more sections that are harder to access for the usual DIY installation.

Second, expert insulation installers will understand how much insulation you require for each region 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 further insulation. This can cost you more money ultimately, not just for more components and equipment, but also because your energy bills could go up since your insulation isn’t as useful as it could be.

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

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

Remember while you’re readying your home for winter, Barlow Service Experts is currently offering discounts on heating tune-ups, heating and cooling systems, and complete home insulation options. Call 801-436-8985 today to set up your service appointment and be sure your furnace is ready to keep you safe and cozy all winter!

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