How Much Home Insulation Costs

November 20, 2016

Winter is right around the corner, and when it comes to getting your home ready for the freezing temperatures, adding or upgrading insulation is normally high on the list. When you’re budgeting to get your home ready for winter, do you know how much to allocate to insulation? Strand Brothers Service Experts is here with a few estimates of how much you can expect to pay for insulation in Austin.

The first thing to decide when putting in or upgrading insulation in your home is if 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 spend your own time doing the job (typically a more than one day project). Also, if something should happen, you’ll have to pay to fix any issues. Plus, a job in an attic or crawlspace isn’t how most people want to spend their free time.

The usual cost of blown-in insulation installation is around $1000 - $1500. We find that most consumers spend between $875-$1900 to have blown-in insulation installed. Obviously, 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 improving your comfort.

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

For a couple reasons.

First, company installed insulation usually has a higher R-value, the amount of resistance to heat flow through a given thickness of material. Simply put? The insulation installed by insulation companies is usually higher quality and is more effective because it is more extensive and covers more sections that are tougher to access for the common DIY installation.

Second, expert insulation installers will know how much insulation you should have for each region of your home. Homeowners often misjudge the amount of insulation needed to insulate their home, resulting in their insulation job being inefficient and in need of more insulation. This can cost a lot more money over time, not just for more materials and equipment, but also because your utility bills could rise since your insulation isn’t as effective as it could be.

Another thing to keep in mind is equipment. To properly install insulation you commonly need specific equipment. Homeowners can rent equipment to put in insulation, but the caliber 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 using the equipment correctly.

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

Remember while you’re getting your home ready for winter, Strand Brothers Service Experts is currently offering discounts on heating tune-ups, heating and cooling systems, and complete home insulation options. Call 512-596-1257 today for your service appointment and ensure your furnace is ready to keep you safe and cozy all winter!

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