How Much Home Insulation Costs

November 20, 2016

Winter is on its way, and when it comes to preparing your home for the freezing temperatures, putting in or upgrading insulation is usually near the top of that list. When you’re planning to winterize your home, do you know how much to budget for insulation? Jack Nelson Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is here with a couple estimates of how much you can expect to shell out for insulation in Tulsa.

The first thing to decide when installing or upgrading insulation in your home is do you want to do it yourself or have an established insulation contractor come in and perform the job. Deciding to do it yourself may save you money, but you will have to purchase all the materials, equipment, and devote your own time doing the task (typically a multi-day project). Also, if something should happen, you’ll have to pay to fix any issues. Plus, a job 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 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 modest investment you can seriously upgrade the energy efficiency of your home while also upgrading your comfort.

So with the potential savings, why wouldn’t you just install insulation yourself?

There are a few reasons.

First, professionally installed insulation normally has a higher R-value, the amount of resistance to heat flow through a given thickness of material. Simply put? The insulation installed by professionals is typically higher quality and is more effective because it is more thorough and covers more sections that are harder to access for the usual DIY installation.

Second, established insulation installers will be aware how much insulation you require for each section 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 further insulation. This can cost a lot more money over time, not just for more components and equipment, but also because your heating and cooling bills could rise since your insulation isn’t as efficient as it could be.

Another thing to remember is equipment. To properly install insulation you commonly need special equipment. You can rent equipment to place insulation, but the standard of the equipment, like the quality of the actual insulation, it typically higher with an established insulation installation contractor. Plus you don’t need to worry about whether you are using the equipment appropriately.

Not only can upgrading 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 getting your home ready for winter, Jack Nelson Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is currently offering discounts on furnace tune-ups, home comfort systems, and complete home insulation options. Call 918-212-8927 today for your service appointment and ensure your furnace is ready to keep you safe and comfortable all winter!

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