How Much Home Insulation Costs

November 20, 2016

Winter is right around the corner, and when it comes to preparing your home for the freezing temperatures, adding or upgrading insulation is normally high on the list. When you’re planning 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 shell out for insulation in Austin.

The first thing to decide when installing or upgrading insulation in your home is whether you want to do it yourself or have a professional insulation contractor come in and perform the work. Doing it yourself can save you money, but you will have to buy all the insulation, equipment, and use your own time doing the work (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 the 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 $850 and $2000 to have blown-in insulation installed. Naturally, the lower end of the cost estimate is due to “do it yourself” installations. But, the important point 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 likely savings, why wouldn’t you just install insulation yourself?

There are a few reasons.

First, company installed insulation usually has a higher R-value, the amount of resistance to heat flow through a certain thickness of material. Simply put? The insulation installed by insulation companies is typically 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, 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 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 install insulation, but the caliber of the equipment, like the quality of the actual insulation, it usually higher with a professional insulation installation contractor. Plus you won’t have to worry about whether you are operating the equipment properly.

Not only can adding insulation help you save money on your utility 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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