When is the Best Time to Buy Insulation for My Home?
You already know you need home insulation and it can be a costly endeavor.
Unlike furniture or a new car, President’s Day and Memorial Day weekend won’t bring you any additional savings when you buy home insulation.
While you won’t get those kinds of sales on insulation, some contractors do offer discounts and your energy provider might offer rebates for energy efficiency upgrades.
There’s still more to consider when it comes to the best time to buy insulation for your home.
RetroFoam of Michigan has insulated thousands of homes since 2002, so we know when the best time to buy insulation comes down to other factors like remodeling projects, time of year, as well as energy savings and overall cost.
We are on a mission to educate homeowners, so we will break down why certain times of year are better to insulate your home than others.
Best Time to Buy Insulation
There are a few things to consider when it comes to the best timing to insulate your home.
Let’s take a look at some of the factors you should consider.
Best Time of Year to Buy Insulation
The best time to buy insulation for your home depends on where you live.
If you live in a colder climate, like here in Michigan, you’ll want to update or increase the insulation in your home before the winter hits. In this case, the spring is the best time, because you will also start to see savings in the summer months.
The same is true for warmer climates, just different times of year because you’ll want the job finished before the heat sets in.
When it comes down to it, the best time of year to buy insulation comes down to the personal preference of the homeowner and how they can fit it into their schedule, budget, and other to-do items.
As the saying goes, “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is today.” If you think you’ve missed the “ideal” window, don’t worry. The sooner you can get it done, the sooner you will start to feel the comfort and energy saving benefits.
Insulating Your Home While Remodeling
It makes the most sense to add insulation to your home if you’re already remodeling.
If you are adding to your home or just remodeling, it makes the most sense to add the insulation at the same time.
For example, if you add insulation before your remodel, then you run the risk of pulling it out or damaging it when the project begins. If you thought about doing it afterward, you’re basically undoing all of the work you already did.
Another great time to add insulation to your home, specifically to your existing walls, is when you are upgrading the siding of your home.
The Cost to Insulate Your Home
In most cases, there isn’t a time of year where a good insulation contractor is going to charge less because they are slow.
Honestly, the cost of insulation from a contractor and even from home improvement stores stays consistent throughout the year.
The real thing to consider when it comes to cost is how much money the insulation can save you on your monthly heating and cooling costs. Some materials, like foam insulation, can pay a homeowner back in a short amount of time thanks to those energy savings.
Another thing that could work to your advantage is if your insulation contractor offers any discounts and if your energy provider offers rebates for insulation upgrades.
Energy Savings with Home Insulation
As you can see, any time you add insulation to your home, no matter the season, you can see energy savings and lower monthly energy bills, especially if you create an air seal.
Creating an air barrier and air sealing the building envelope of your home will not only make it more comfortable but will lower your monthly energy bills. Traditional insulation like fiberglass and cellulose can’t create the air seal that foam insulation can.
As you move through your journey of buying insulation for your home, check out the Learning Center on our website to learn more about foam and see if it is the right fit for your project.
About Amanda Ringler
Amanda previously has worked as a breaking news and crime reporter, TV news producer, and editor in Flint and Detroit. Throughout her career as a journalist, she has won several awards from the Detroit Chapter of Society of Professional Journalists and the Michigan Press Association. As part of the RetroFoam of Michigan family, Amanda uses her experience as a journalist to write content that will help educate homeowners on the benefits of foam insulation. When Amanda isn’t writing, she’s spending time with her husband and rescued huskies. She also loves knitting, making art, cooking, and hosting dinner and a movie night for friends and family.