How Much Home Insulation Costs

November 20, 2016

Winter is on its way, and when it comes to preparing your home for the frigid temperatures, installing or upgrading insulation is normally at the top of the list. When you’re budgeting to winterize your home, do you know how much to budget for insulation? Fras-Air/General Service Experts is here with some estimates of how much you can expect to invest for insulation in Hillsborough.

The first thing to decide when adding or upgrading insulation in your home is if you want to do it yourself or have an established insulation company come in and perform the work. Choosing to do it yourself can save you money, but you will have to purchase all the insulation, equipment, and use 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, spending long periods of time in the attic or crawlspace leaves much to be desired.

The average cost of blown-in insulation installation is $1000 - $1500. We discover 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 key point is that even with a smaller investment you can seriously boost the energy efficiency of your home while also enhancing your comfort.

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

For a couple reasons.

First, professionally installed insulation usually has a higher R-value, the amount of resistance to heat flow through a given thickness of material. In English The insulation installed by professionals is normally higher quality and is more effective because it is more extensive and covers more sections that are more difficult to access for the typical DIY installation.

Second, professional insulation installers will understand how much insulation you need for each area 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 additional insulation. This can cost you more money over time, not just for more materials and equipment, but also because your utility bills could increase since your insulation isn’t as effective as it could be.

Another thing to remember is equipment. To correctly install insulation you typically need particular equipment. You can rent equipment to put in insulation, but the standard of the equipment, like the quality of the actual insulation, it typically higher with an expert insulation installation contractor. Plus you won’t need to worry about whether you are using the equipment appropriately.

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 readying your home for winter, Fras-Air/General Service Experts is currently offering discounts on seasonal tune-ups, home comfort systems, and complete home insulation options. Call 908-448-2154 today to set up your service appointment and ensure your furnace is ready to keep you safe and comfortable all winter!

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