Winter is coming, and when it comes to winterizing your home for the freezing temperatures, adding or upgrading insulation is normally at the top of the list. When you’re planning to get your home ready for winter, do you know how much to allocate to insulation? Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning 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 installing or upgrading insulation in your home is whether you want to do it yourself or have an expert insulation contractor come in and do the job. Doing it yourself can save you money, but you will be responsible purchasing all the insulation, equipment, and devote your own time doing the job (typically a two-day project). Also, if something should go wrong, you’ll have to pay to fix any issues. Plus, spending long periods of time 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 $875-$1900 to have blown-in insulation installed. Obviously, the lower end of the cost estimate reflects “do it yourself” installations. But, the important point is that even with a smaller investment you can drastically boost the energy efficiency of your home while also improving your comfort.
So with the possible savings, why wouldn’t you just install insulation yourself?
There are multiple reasons.
First, professionally installed insulation normally has a higher R-value, the standard of resistance to heat flow through a given thickness of material. Simply put? The insulation installed by professionals 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, professional insulation installers will know how much insulation you require for each area of your home. Homeowners often misjudge the amount of insulation needed to insulate their home, causing their insulation job to be inefficient and in need of more insulation. This can cost homeowners more money ultimately, not just for more materials 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 properly install insulation you typically need particular equipment. You can rent equipment to install 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, Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is currently offering discounts on furnace tune-ups, home comfort systems, and complete home insulation options. Call 289-273-2229 today to schedule your service appointment and ensure your furnace is ready to keep you safe and cozy all winter!