How Much Home Insulation Costs

November 20, 2016

Winter is on its way, and when it comes to getting your home ready for the freezing temperatures, installing or upgrading insulation is usually near the top of that list. When you’re deciding how much to spend to get your home ready for winter, do you know how much to allocate to insulation? Service Experts Commercial HVAC is here with a few estimates of how much you can expect to shell out for insulation in Toronto.

The first thing to decide when adding or upgrading insulation in your home is whether you want to do it yourself or have an expert insulation team come in and do the work. Doing it yourself may save you money, but you will have to buy all the components, equipment, and use your own time doing the work (typically a more than one day project). Also, if something goes wrong, you’ll have to pay to repair any issues. Plus, working in the attic or crawlspace can be exhausting and uncomfortable.

The usual cost of blown-in insulation installation is $1000 - $1500. We see that most people spend between $875-$1900 to have blown-in insulation installed. Obviously, the lower end of the cost estimate is in large part due to “do it yourself” installations. But, the main takeaway is that even with a smaller investment you can seriously boost the energy efficiency of your home while also enhancing your comfort.

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

There are a few reasons.

First, professionally 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 professionals is typically higher quality and is more effective because it is more thorough and covers more areas that are harder to access for the usual DIY installation.

Second, established insulation installers will be aware how much insulation you need for each region of your home. Homeowners often miscalculate the amount of insulation required to insulate their home, causing their insulation job to be inefficient and in need of more insulation. This can cost you more money over time, not just for more materials and equipment, but also because your utility bills could increase since your insulation isn’t as efficient as it could be.

Another thing to keep in mind is equipment. To correctly install insulation you commonly need specific equipment. You can rent equipment to install insulation, but the quality 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 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, Service Experts Commercial HVAC is currently offering discounts on furnace tune-ups, heating and cooling systems, and complete home insulation options. Call 905-453-6700 today to schedule your service appointment and ensure your furnace is ready to keep you safe and comfortable all winter!

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