Winter is on its way, and when it comes to winterizing your home for the frigid temperatures, adding or upgrading insulation is normally at the top of the list. When you’re planning to winterize your home, do you know how much to allocate to insulation? Niagara Home Services by Enercare is here with a couple estimates of how much you can expect to invest for insulation in the Niagara Region.
The first thing to think about when putting in or upgrading insulation in your home is if you want to do it yourself or have a professional insulation contractor come in and do the job. Choosing to do it yourself could save you money, but you will be responsible purchasing all the materials, equipment, and devote your own time doing the job (typically a multi-day project). Also, if something goes wrong, you’ll have to pay to fix any issues. Plus, working in the attic or crawlspace leaves much to be desired.
The usual cost of blown-in insulation installation is $1000 - $1500. We find that most people 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 main takeaway is that even with a smaller investment you can drastically boost the energy efficiency of your home while also upgrading your comfort.
So with the probable savings, why wouldn’t you just do it yourself?
There are multiple reasons.
First, company installed insulation normally has a higher R-value, the measure of resistance to heat flow through a given thickness of material. Simply put? The insulation installed by experts is typically higher quality and is more effective because it is more thorough and covers more spaces that are harder to access for the usual DIY installation.
Second, expert insulation installers will be aware how much insulation you require for each area of your home. Homeowners often misjudge the amount of insulation required to insulate their home, causing their insulation job to be inefficient and in need of more insulation. This can cost you more money ultimately, not just for more insulation and equipment, but also because your heating and cooling bills could rise since your insulation isn’t as useful as it could be.
Another thing to consider 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 normally higher with an established insulation installation business. Plus you don’t need to worry about whether you are running the equipment properly.
Not only can upgrading insulation help you save money on your heating and cooling 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, Niagara Home Services by Enercare is currently offering discounts on furnace tune-ups, home comfort systems, and complete home insulation options. Call 289-273-2229 today for your service appointment and ensure your furnace is ready to keep you safe and cozy all winter!