Insulation is an essential component of any home. Proper insulation keeps your home's temperature, and energy bills, stable. However, trying to figure out how much it'll cost to install the insulation can be tricky.
Home Energy Audit
It's smart to do a home energy audit before starting any insulation project to see where air may be leaking from your home. This will ensure that the costs to install insulation aren't wasted. An auditor will be able to tell you where to best insulate within your home.
You'll want to determine what R-value or thermal resistance you want to achieve before buying any materials. The more effective a material is at insulating, the higher the R-value, and the higher the price.
Types of Material
Different types of insulation have different price points. Foam insulation can come in open-cell or closed-cell varieties, with the closed-cell type having the higher R-value. Blown-in insulation is ideal for hard-to-reach spaces, filling in around objects and for wall cavities. This is also one of the more expensive types of insulation. Batt or rolled insulation are hand-cut to fit the allotted space. All of these types come with a range of options and varying degrees of R-value.
If you need insulation in your attic, then attic ventilation will need to be considered, as well as air sealing around your chimney and access ways. This will increase the costs to install insulation, but will ensure the whole area is sealed properly.
To help homeowners improve the efficiency of their homes, many states are offering rebates on insulation installation. Check with your utility company and/or state government to see if you qualify for any of them. It could help you offset some of the costs.
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