How Much Home Insulation Costs

November 20, 2016

Winter is coming, and when it comes to preparing your home for the freezing temperatures, installing or upgrading insulation is typically 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 shell out for insulation in Birmingham.

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 an established insulation company come in and perform the job. Deciding to do it yourself can save you money, but you will have to purchase all the materials, equipment, and spend 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 the attic or crawlspace leaves much to be desired.

The average cost of blown-in insulation installation is between $1000 and $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 important point is that even with a smaller investment you can drastically improve the energy efficiency of your home while also enhancing your comfort.

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

There are a few reasons.

First, company installed insulation normally has a higher R-value, the standard of resistance to heat flow through a certain 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 sections that are harder to access for the common DIY installation.

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

Another thing to remember is equipment. To appropriately install insulation you typically need special equipment. Consumers can rent equipment to put in insulation, but the quality of the equipment, like the quality of the actual insulation, it normally higher with a professional insulation installation contractor. Plus you don’t have to worry about whether you are using the equipment appropriately.

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