How Much Home Insulation Costs

November 20, 2016

Winter is on its way, and when it comes to winterizing your home for the freezing temperatures, putting in or upgrading insulation is usually near the top of that list. When you’re planning to winterize your home, do you know how much to budget for insulation? Strand Brothers Service Experts is here with some 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 if you want to do it yourself or have an established insulation contractor 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 use your own time doing the task (typically a two-day project). Also, if something goes wrong, you’ll have to pay to fix any issues. Plus, working in an attic or crawlspace can be exhausting and uncomfortable.

The typical cost of blown-in insulation installation is $1000 - $1500. We discover that most consumers spend between $900 and $1900 to have blown-in insulation installed. Undoubtedly, the lower end of the cost estimate reflects “do it yourself” installations. But, the main takeaway is that even with a smaller investment you can drastically upgrade the energy efficiency of your home while also improving your comfort.

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

There are a few reasons.

First, professionally installed insulation normally has a higher R-value, the amount of resistance to heat flow through a certain thickness of material. In normal words The insulation installed by experts is usually higher quality and is more effective because it is more thorough and covers more sections that are harder to access for the usual DIY installation.

Second, professional insulation installers will know how much insulation you require for each area of your home. Homeowners often miscalculate the amount of insulation required to insulate their home, resulting in their insulation job being inefficient and in need of additional 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 properly install insulation you typically need particular equipment. Homeowners 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 company. Plus you won’t have to worry about whether you are running the equipment properly.

Not only can upgrading insulation help you save money on your energy 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, home comfort systems, and complete home insulation options. Call 512-592-3072 today to schedule your service appointment and be sure your furnace is ready to keep you safe and cozy all winter!

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