Insulate an attic with blow-in insulation
Blowing in attic insulation. (Window Store / March 24, 2014)
An insulation contractor will charge $1,347 to blow insulation into a 1,200-square foot open attic area with 12-inch deep coverage, which includes labor and material. A handy homeowner who is agile and can easily climb around the unfinished area of an attic can do the job for $980, the cost of the material, and pocket a nice 29 percent saving. Before you choose a retailer to buy the bags of insulation, make sure they offer a blowing machine to their customers. Most of them require a deposit, which is returned when you return the machine. You will also need a good respirator and old clothes to protect you from the insulation dust.
To learn how much insulation you need to upgrade your attic, go to http://www.greenfiber.com, a manufacturer's site with good instructions and advice. A chart with recommendations from the U.S. Department of Energy explains how to calculate the amount of insulation you need and how to install it. GreenFiber's insulation, 85 percent recycled material, forms a thermal blanket over living spaces, making a home more comfortable, whether the furnace is supplying heat or the air conditioning unit is keeping things cool inside.
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Pro Cost -- DIY Cost -- Pro time -- DIY Time -- DIY Savings -- Percent Saved
$1,347 -- $980 -- 9 -- 11.0 -- $394 -- 29 Percent
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