How Much Home Insulation Costs

November 20, 2016

Winter is on its way, and when it comes to getting your home ready for the freezing temperatures, adding or upgrading insulation is usually near the top of that list. When you’re deciding how much to spend to winterize your home, do you know how much to budget for insulation? Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is here with a couple estimates of how much you can expect to pay for insulation in Salt Lake City.

The first thing to consider when installing or upgrading insulation in your home is whether you want to do it yourself or have an expert insulation company come in and do the work. Deciding to do it yourself may save you money, but you will have to buy all the materials, equipment, and use your own time doing the task (typically a more than one day project). Also, if something should happen, you’ll have to pay to troubleshoot any issues. Plus, working in your attic or crawlspace isn’t how most people want to spend their free time.

The typical cost of blown-in insulation installation is around $1000 - $1500. We see that most people spend between $850 and $2000 to have blown-in insulation installed. Naturally, 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 dramatically upgrade the energy efficiency of your home while also upgrading your comfort.

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

There are a few reasons.

First, professionally installed insulation usually has a higher R-value, the amount of resistance to heat flow through a specific thickness of material. Simply put? The insulation installed by professionals is normally higher quality and is more effective because it is more comprehensive and covers more spaces that are tougher to access for the typical DIY installation.

Second, established insulation installers will understand how much insulation you require for each area of your home. Homeowners often underestimate the amount of insulation they need to insulate their home, causing their insulation job to be inefficient and in need of additional insulation. This can cost a lot more money in the long run, not just for more materials and equipment, but also because your heating and cooling bills could go up since your insulation isn’t as useful as it could be.

Another thing to keep in mind is equipment. To correctly install insulation you typically need specific equipment. Consumers can rent equipment to put in insulation, but the caliber of the equipment, like the quality of the actual insulation, it normally higher with an established insulation installation business. Plus you won’t have to worry about whether you are using the equipment properly.

Not only can adding 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 preparing your home for winter, Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is currently offering discounts on seasonal tune-ups, home comfort systems, and complete home insulation options. Call 801-871-8425 today to schedule your service appointment and be sure your furnace is ready to keep you safe and comfortable all winter!

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