How Much Home Insulation Costs

November 20, 2016

Winter is coming, 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 pay for insulation in Gainesville.

The first thing to decide when adding or upgrading insulation in your home is whether you want to do it yourself or have an expert insulation company come in and perform the job. Doing it yourself could save you money, but you will have to buy all the insulation, equipment, and use your own time doing the task (typically a multi-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 $850 and $2000 to have blown-in insulation installed. Naturally, 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 significantly upgrade the energy efficiency of your home while also upgrading 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 measure of resistance to heat flow through a certain thickness of material. Simply put? The insulation installed by experts is normally higher quality and is more effective because it is more thorough and covers more areas that are harder to access for the usual DIY installation.

Second, professional insulation installers will understand how much insulation you should have for each section of your home. Homeowners often miscalculate the amount of insulation they need to insulate their home, leaving their insulation job inefficient and in need of further insulation. This can cost homeowners 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 efficient as it could be.

Another thing to consider is equipment. To properly install insulation you commonly need specific equipment. Homeowners 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 properly.

Not only can adding 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 heating tune-ups, heating and cooling 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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