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 normally near the top of that list. When you’re budgeting to winterize your home, do you know how much to allocate to insulation? Becht/Givens Service Experts is here with a couple estimates of how much you can expect to pay for insulation in Louisville.

The first thing to decide when putting in or upgrading insulation in your home is if you want to do it yourself or have a professional insulation company come in and perform the work. Deciding to do it yourself may save you money, but you will be responsible purchasing all the components, equipment, and use your own time doing the work (typically a more than one day project). Also, if something goes wrong, you’ll have to pay to troubleshoot any issues. Plus, a job in your attic or crawlspace isn’t how most people want to spend their free time.

The typical cost of blown-in insulation installation is $1000 - $1500. We discover that most homeowners 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 main takeaway is that even with a modest investment you can drastically upgrade the energy efficiency of your home while also upgrading your comfort.

So with the potential savings, why wouldn’t you just do the work yourself?

There are multiple reasons.

First, company installed insulation normally has a higher R-value, the measure of resistance to heat flow through a specific thickness of material. In normal words The insulation installed by insulation companies is normally higher quality and is more effective because it is more thorough and covers more areas that are tougher to access for the typical DIY installation.

Second, established insulation installers will know how much insulation you require for each section of your home. Homeowners often miscalculate the amount of insulation they need to insulate their home, causing their insulation job to be inefficient and in need of further insulation. This can cost a lot more money in the long run, not just for more materials and equipment, but also because your energy bills could increase since your insulation isn’t as effective as it could be.

Another thing to consider is equipment. To appropriately install insulation you commonly need particular equipment. Homeowners can rent equipment to place insulation, but the quality of the equipment, like the quality of the actual insulation, it usually higher with an expert insulation installation business. Plus you don’t have to worry about whether you are using the equipment correctly.

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, Becht/Givens Service Experts is currently offering discounts on furnace tune-ups, HVAC systems, and complete home insulation options. Call 502-785-8230 today for your service appointment and make sure your furnace is ready to keep you safe and warm all winter!

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