How Much Home Insulation Costs

November 20, 2016

Winter is coming, and when it comes to winterizing your home for the frigid temperatures, installing or upgrading insulation is normally at the top of the list. When you’re planning to prepare your home for winter, do you know how much to budget for insulation? Donelson Air Service Experts is here with a couple estimates of how much you can expect to shell out for insulation in Nashville.

The first thing to consider when adding or upgrading insulation in your home is if you want to do it yourself or have an expert insulation contractor come in and perform the work. Deciding to do it yourself could save you money, but you will have to purchase all the components, equipment, and spend your own time doing the work (typically a more than one day project). Also, if something should happen, you’ll have to pay to repair any issues. Plus, spending long periods of time in your attic or crawlspace can be exhausting and uncomfortable.

The usual cost of blown-in insulation installation is $1000 - $1500. We find 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 moderate investment you can significantly improve the energy efficiency of your home while also upgrading your comfort.

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

There are multiple reasons.

First, expertly installed insulation usually has a higher R-value, the measure of resistance to heat flow through a given thickness of material. Simply put? The insulation installed by experts is typically higher quality and is more effective because it is more comprehensive and covers more areas that are tougher to access for the typical DIY installation.

Second, established insulation installers will be aware how much insulation you need for each area of your home. Homeowners often underestimate the amount of insulation they need to insulate their home, causing their insulation job to be inefficient and in need of more insulation. This can cost homeowners more money in the long run, not just for more materials and equipment, but also because your utility bills could rise since your insulation isn’t as useful as it could be.

Another thing to remember is equipment. To properly install insulation you commonly need particular equipment. You can rent equipment to put in insulation, but the quality of the equipment, like the quality of the actual insulation, it typically higher with a professional insulation installation business. Plus you won’t have to worry about whether you are running the equipment appropriately.

Not only can installing 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, Donelson Air Service Experts is currently offering discounts on seasonal tune-ups, home comfort systems, and complete home insulation options. Call 615-953-9885 today for your service appointment and ensure your furnace is ready to keep you safe and warm all winter!

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