Winter is right around the corner, and when it comes to getting your home ready for the freezing temperatures, putting in or upgrading insulation is usually at the top of the list. When you’re planning to get your home ready for winter, do you know how much to allocate to insulation? Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is here with some estimates of how much you can expect to shell out for insulation in Calgary.
The first thing to think about when adding or upgrading insulation in your home is do you want to do it yourself or have a professional insulation team come in and do the job. Choosing to do it yourself could save you money, but you will be responsible purchasing all the materials, equipment, and devote your own time doing the work (typically a two-day project). Also, if something should go wrong, you’ll have to pay to fix any issues. Plus, working in an attic or crawlspace can be exhausting and uncomfortable.
The average cost of blown-in insulation installation is $1000 - $1500. We find that most people spend between $875-$1900 to have blown-in insulation installed. Obviously, 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 dramatically improve the energy efficiency of your home while also improving your comfort.
So with the probable savings, why wouldn’t you just do it yourself?
For a couple reasons.
First, professionally installed insulation typically has a higher R-value, the amount of resistance to heat flow through a given thickness of material. Simply put? The insulation installed by insulation companies is typically higher quality and is more effective because it is more comprehensive and covers more sections that are tougher to access for the usual DIY installation.
Second, professional insulation installers will know how much insulation you require for each area of your home. Homeowners often miscalculate the amount of insulation needed to insulate their home, causing their insulation job to be inefficient and in need of further insulation. This can cost a lot more money ultimately, not just for more insulation and equipment, but also because your heating and cooling bills could go up since your insulation isn’t as effective as it could be.
Another thing to consider is equipment. To properly install insulation you typically need specific equipment. Homeowners can rent equipment to place insulation, but the caliber of the equipment, like the quality of the actual insulation, it normally higher with an expert insulation installation business. Plus you don’t need to worry about whether you are running the equipment properly.
Not only can installing insulation help you save money on your heating and cooling bills, you can also get a tax credit amount of 10% of the cost, up to $500.
Remember while you’re preparing your home for winter, Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is currently offering discounts on heating tune-ups, HVAC systems, and complete home insulation options. Call 403-279-5760 today for your service appointment and ensure your furnace is ready to keep you safe and cozy all winter!