How Much Home Insulation Costs

November 20, 2016

Winter is coming, and when it comes to winterizing your home for the frigid temperatures, installing or upgrading insulation is usually near the top of that list. When you’re budgeting to winterize your home, do you know how much to budget for insulation? Strand Brothers Service Experts is here with a few estimates of how much you can expect to shell out for insulation in Austin.

The first thing to consider when adding or upgrading insulation in your home is whether you want to do it yourself or have an established insulation company come in and perform the job. Deciding to do it yourself may save you money, but you will have to purchase all the materials, equipment, and spend your own time doing the task (typically a two-day project). Also, if something should go wrong, you’ll have to pay to repair any issues. Plus, working in the attic or crawlspace can be exhausting and uncomfortable.

The typical cost of blown-in insulation installation is $1000 - $1500. We see that most consumers 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 main takeaway is that even with a smaller investment you can significantly upgrade the energy efficiency of your home while also upgrading your comfort.

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

There are a few reasons.

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

Second, professional insulation installers will know how much insulation you need for each area of your home. Homeowners often miscalculate the amount of insulation needed to insulate their home, leaving their insulation job inefficient and in need of more insulation. This can cost a lot more money in the long run, not just for more insulation and equipment, but also because your heating and cooling bills could go up since your insulation isn’t as efficient as it could be.

Another thing to keep in mind is equipment. To appropriately install insulation you usually need particular equipment. Homeowners can rent equipment to put in insulation, but the quality of the equipment, like the quality of the actual insulation, it typically higher with an expert insulation installation company. Plus you don’t have to worry about whether you are running the equipment correctly.

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

Remember while you’re readying your home for winter, Strand Brothers Service Experts is currently offering discounts on seasonal tune-ups, heating and cooling systems, and complete home insulation options. Call 512-592-3072 today for your service appointment and make sure your furnace is ready to keep you safe and cozy all winter!

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