How Much Home Insulation Costs

November 20, 2016

Winter is coming, and when it comes to getting your home ready 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 is here with some estimates of how much you can expect to invest for insulation in Kansas City.

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

The usual cost of blown-in insulation installation is between $1000 and $1500. We discover that most homeowners 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 moderate 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 do it yourself?

There are a few reasons.

First, company installed insulation typically 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 thorough and covers more areas that are harder to access for the common DIY installation.

Second, expert insulation installers will be aware how much insulation you require for each region of your home. Homeowners often misjudge the amount of insulation needed to insulate their home, resulting in their insulation job being 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 utility bills could go up since your insulation isn’t as effective as it could be.

Another thing to keep in mind is equipment. To properly install insulation you typically need special equipment. Consumers can rent equipment to put in insulation, but the standard 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 readying your home for winter, Neal Harris Service Experts 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 make sure your furnace is ready to keep you safe and warm all winter!

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