Winter is coming, and when it comes to preparing your home for the icy temperatures, installing or upgrading insulation is normally high on the list. When you’re deciding how much to spend to prepare your home for winter, do you know how much to allot for insulation? Neal Harris Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing is here with a few estimates of how much you can expect to invest for insulation in Kansas City.
The first thing to decide 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 work. Deciding to do it yourself could save you money, but you will be responsible purchasing all the components, equipment, and devote your own time doing the work (typically a multi-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 isn’t how most people want to spend their free time.
The usual cost of blown-in insulation installation is $1000 - $1500. We discover that most people spend between $900 and $1900 to have blown-in insulation installed. Undoubtedly, the lower end of the cost estimate is due to “do it yourself” installations. But, the key point is that even with a modest investment you can drastically boost the energy efficiency of your home while also enhancing your comfort.
So with the possible savings, why wouldn’t you just install insulation yourself?
For a couple reasons.
First, company installed insulation usually 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 thorough and covers more sections that are harder to access for the common DIY installation.
Second, professional insulation installers will know how much insulation you require for each region of your home. Homeowners often misjudge the amount of insulation needed to insulate their home, leaving their insulation job inefficient and in need of further insulation. This can cost a lot more money in the long run, not just for more components and equipment, but also because your energy bills could go up since your insulation isn’t as effective as it could be.
Another thing to remember is equipment. To properly install insulation you usually 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 usually higher with an expert insulation installation contractor. Plus you won’t have to worry about whether you are running the equipment correctly.
Not only can installing insulation help you save money on your energy bills, you can also receive a tax credit amount of 10% of the cost, up to $500.
Remember while you’re getting your home ready for winter, Neal Harris Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing is currently offering discounts on seasonal tune-ups, HVAC systems, and complete home insulation options. Call 816-787-0500 today to schedule your service appointment and be sure your furnace is ready to keep you safe and warm all winter!