The Cost of Home Insulation Published on November 20, 2016 Winter is coming, and when it comes to getting your home ready for the frigid temperatures, adding or upgrading insulation is usually near the top of that list. When you’re budgeting to prepare your home for winter, do you know how much to budget for insulation? Hammond Plumbing & Heating is here with some estimates of how much you can expect to pay for insulation in Kitchener. The first thing to think about when installing 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. Choosing to do it yourself can save you money, but you will have to purchase all the insulation, equipment, and devote your own time doing the work (typically a multi-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 isn’t how most people want to spend their free time. The usual cost of blown-in insulation installation is around $1000 - $1500. We discover that most homeowners 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 main takeaway is that even with a smaller investment you can dramatically upgrade the energy efficiency of your home while also upgrading your comfort. So with the probable savings, why wouldn’t you just do the work yourself? There are multiple reasons. First, expertly installed insulation typically has a higher R-value, the measure of resistance to heat flow through a given thickness of material. In English The insulation installed by professionals is typically higher quality and is more effective because it is more extensive and covers more spaces that are harder to access for the typical DIY installation. Second, expert insulation installers will understand how much insulation you should have for each area of your home. Homeowners often misjudge 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 a lot more money ultimately, not just for more materials and equipment, but also because your energy bills could rise since your insulation isn’t as efficient as it could be. Another thing to consider is equipment. To properly install insulation you usually need special equipment. Consumers can rent equipment to put in insulation, but the caliber of the equipment, like the quality of the actual insulation, it usually 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 utility 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, Hammond Plumbing & Heating is currently offering discounts on seasonal tune-ups, HVAC systems, and complete home insulation options. Call 519-894-3222 today to schedule your service appointment and ensure your furnace is ready to keep you safe and warm all winter!