How Much Home Insulation Costs

November 20, 2016

Winter is on its way, and when it comes to winterizing your home for the icy temperatures, installing or upgrading insulation is usually near the top of that list. When you’re planning to prepare your home for winter, do you know how much to allot for insulation? Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is here with a few estimates of how much you can expect to shell out for insulation in Gainesville.

The first thing to decide when adding or upgrading insulation in your home is if you want to do it yourself or have a professional insulation company come in and perform the work. Choosing to do it yourself could save you money, but you will have to buy all the materials, equipment, and use your own time doing the task (typically a two-day project). Also, if something goes wrong, you’ll have to pay to repair any issues. Plus, a job 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 see that most homeowners spend between $875-$1900 to have blown-in insulation installed. Obviously, 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 moderate investment you can drastically improve the energy efficiency of your home while also improving your comfort.

So with the potential savings, why wouldn’t you just install insulation yourself?

For a couple reasons.

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

Second, expert insulation installers will understand how much insulation you should have for each area of your home. Homeowners often miscalculate the amount of insulation they need to insulate their home, resulting in their insulation job being inefficient and in need of further 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 efficient as it could be.

Another thing to consider is equipment. To appropriately install insulation you commonly need specific equipment. You can rent equipment to place insulation, but the caliber of the equipment, like the quality of the actual insulation, it normally higher with an expert insulation installation business. Plus you don’t need to worry about whether you are running the equipment correctly.

Not only can upgrading insulation help you save money on your energy 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, Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is currently offering discounts on furnace tune-ups, home comfort systems, and complete home insulation options. Call 352-414-4006 today to schedule your service appointment and make sure your furnace is ready to keep you safe and comfortable all winter!

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