How Much Home Insulation Costs

November 20, 2016

Winter is on its way, and when it comes to getting your home ready for the frigid temperatures, installing or upgrading insulation is usually at the top of the list. When you’re deciding how much to spend to prepare your home for winter, do you know how much to allocate to insulation? Norrell Service Experts is here with some estimates of how much you can expect to pay for insulation in Birmingham.

The first thing to consider when installing or upgrading insulation in your home is whether you want to do it yourself or have an established insulation company come in and perform the job. Deciding to do it yourself could save you money, but you will have to purchase all the insulation, equipment, and use your own time doing the job (typically a two-day project). Also, if something should go wrong, you’ll have to pay to troubleshoot any issues. Plus, a job in an attic or crawlspace leaves much to be desired.

The average cost of blown-in insulation installation is $1000 - $1500. We discover that most consumers spend between $850 and $2000 to have blown-in insulation installed. Naturally, the lower end of the cost estimate is in large part due to “do it yourself” installations. But, the main takeaway is that even with a smaller investment you can significantly upgrade the energy efficiency of your home while also enhancing your comfort.

So with the likely savings, why wouldn’t you just install insulation yourself?

For a couple 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 insulation companies is normally higher quality and is more effective because it is more extensive and covers more areas that are more difficult to access for the common DIY installation.

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

Another thing to remember is equipment. To properly install insulation you usually need specific equipment. Consumers can rent equipment to install insulation, but the quality of the equipment, like the quality of the actual insulation, it normally higher with an expert insulation installation contractor. Plus you don’t have to worry about whether you are operating the equipment appropriately.

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

Remember while you’re readying your home for winter, Norrell Service Experts is currently offering discounts on seasonal tune-ups, HVAC systems, and complete home insulation options. Call 205-267-0023 today to set up your service appointment and ensure your furnace is ready to keep you safe and warm all winter!

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