Energy News & Tips

Proper Installation: Why It’s Important

A proper insulation installation is important and will make a difference! A poor insulation installation can lead to hidden costs for builders and poor energy performance with the homes they build. 

Proper Installation

Download this guide from NAIMA to learn why builders should care, the costs of different insulation installation approaches and get a “quality management” checklist to help builders, raters and insulation contractors collaborate to deliver proper, Grade I installations.

The effectiveness of insulation depends more on the quality of installation than the material used. Tests show that a mere four percent gap from poorly installed insulation can cut your insulation’s performance in half! At Henges Insulation & Fireplaces, we understand this. Our field technicians are thoroughly trained, obtain regular re-certifications throughout their careers, and understand the complexity and importance of insulation.




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Outdoor Kitchen Sale

Henges Insulation & Fireplaces is having an Outdoor Kitchen Sale! Get 15% off the Palmetto and Palm Bay Outdoor Kitchen with the coupon code “BBQFATHERSDAY” until June 18, 2017.
modular outdoor kitchen
The Palmetto outdoor kitchen offers a simple but functional package. This is a great value for any budget! This outdoor kitchen is 7′ and comes with an AOG 36″ L series grill with interior halogen lights, double access doors, a 20″ AOG refrigerator, an Africa Persa polished granite countertop with eased edge, and Timber Ledge Texas Cream stone. Granite and stone come ready to install at the project site.

MSRP: $ 7,285

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AOG 36″ L series grill:

  • Interior halogen lights, complete #304 stainless steel construction, stainless steel tubular burners, thick #304 stainless steel cooking grates, IR backburner and rotisserie kit included, hard wired push-button ignition system, sleek hood design.

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The Palm Bay Outdoor Kitchen design offers a 30″ Echelon analog grill and 24″ True glass door refrigerator. Take your grilling to the next level and keep your drinks cold. Finished with an Africa Persa polished granite countertop with eased edge, and Timber Ledge Sienna stone. Granite and stone come ready to install at the project site.

MSRP: $ 13,035

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30″ Echelon Analog Grill:

  • Interior halogen lights, exterior LED backlit control knobs, hot surface ignition, contoured face with mirror plate, feather-lite hood with teflon spring, heavy-duty extra length IR rotisserie, dedicated woodchip, smoking burner, analog hood-mounted thermometer.

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24″ True Glass Door Refrigerator

  • Industry exclusive 300-series stainless steel interior and exterior, zero clearance hinging, patented TriLumina LED lighting illuminates your product with 14 accent colors, balanced forced-air refrigeration system enables rapid product pull down and even temperature throughout, convertible into beverage center or wine cooler, standard with lock, UL listed for outdoor use, Star-K compliant.

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Attic Insulation Can Make a Big Difference

Considering that about half of a household’s entire energy bill goes to heating and cooling, and attic insulation is relatively inexpensive, there’s little money to be lost and lots to be gained from insulating your attic. You’ll reduce heating and cooling bills, give your furnace and air conditioner a break, and improve the comfort in your home. For a free home insulation evaluation, call Henges Insulation today.

Attic Insulation

Attic Insulation Greatly Reduces Energy Bills

When we think of insulation, we usually associate it with keeping our home warm in the winter season, but insulation helps just as much in the summer months. Attics can reach sweltering temperatures of up to 150 degrees in the summertime. Having a hot attic and little insulation between it and the rest of your home means that, on a hot day this extreme heat can “leak” into your home through your ceilings.

The decision to insulate your home should never be a difficult one. Insulating your home can be done in the construction phase, the remodeling phase, or really anytime you want to increase your home’s energy efficiency.

If your home is older, it may not have any insulation in the attic. Or if you haven’t added to your insulation in years, it may be compressed and therefore less effective. Either way, you could be losing heating and cooling dollars every single day. Insulation works by trapping little pockets of air that then form an air barrier between the inside and outside temperatures. Because these pockets of air can’t move, they can’t travel through the insulation to transfer their heat. Over time, insulation settles, is introduced to moisture which weighs it down, and may even get walked on occasionally all of which presses these pockets of air out of the insulation making it less effective.

How effective insulating your home will be depends on the quality of the installation job. If the material used is high quality, but spots are missed during the job, the material will not be able to properly insulate the home as it should. Our friendly professionals here at Henges Insulation and Fireplaces provide high quality work on every job. When you are in need of insulation or fireplace services in Kansas City, MO, give us a call here at Henges Insulation and Fireplaces. We have been in business since the 1940s and provide high quality services on every job. Whether the job is big or small, we are here to help Kansas City, MO and the surround areas.

Use The Coupon Code “MAY2017” For 10% Off

Call 913-764-4600

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What Is An Energy Audit?

What is an energy audit and do I need one? A KC home energy audit will help you determine how much energy your home is consuming and help you find the problem areas.
What is an energy audit

What is an energy audit:

A home energy audit is your first step in making your home more efficient, safer and more comfortable. An energy audit, also known as a home energy assessment, can help you find out how much energy your home uses and also evaluates the measures you should take to improve efficiency. Don’t forget, energy audits alone don’t save energy. You need to implement all the recommended improvements in order to save money! 

What does an energy audit include:

  • Blower Door Testing (which tests for air leaks, balancing of air distribution, duct leakage and air exchange)
  • CAZ Test (Combustion Appliance Zone)
  • Take Off (Thumb print of floor plan) with Efficiency Report
  • Complete Report & Recommendations for Improvement with best ROI (Return on Your Investment).

Call Henges Insulation & Fireplaces to set up your KC energy audit! Henges’ experienced team is dedicated to providing you with superior customer service. 

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Outdoor Kitchen Ideas

We have some awesome outdoor kitchen ideas for you! Use our Outdoor Kitchen Kits to create your perfect entertainment space and stay on budget.

Outdoor Kitchen Ideas

The Palmetto outdoor kitchen offers a simple but functional package. This is a great value for any budget! This design comes with an AOG 36″ L series grill with interior halogen lights, double access doors, a 20″ AOG refrigerator, an Africa Persa polished granite countertop with eased edge and Timber Ledge Texas Cream stone.

prefabricated outdoor kitchen kit

The Lindsay is an 11′ prefabricated outdoor kitchen kit for the serious griller who loves the flavor of charcoal paired with the convenience of gas. This kitchen comes with a Fire Magic Echelon analog 30″ grill!

prefab outdoor kitchen kit

Need something bigger? Check out the Hawthorne!  This massive outdoor kitchen comes with a Fire Magic Auora digital 30″ grill, double access doors, triple drawers, a trash drawer, a 24″ TRUE refrigerator and Timber Ledge stone.

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Want lots of storage? Try the Largo kitchen design and get a Fire Magic Echelon analog 30″ grill, double access doors, triple drawers and a trash drawer.

Need more outdoor kitchen ideas? Check out all our Outdoor Kitchen Kits to help you find just the right design.


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Adding Insulation

Adding insulation to an existing home can increase energy efficiency and reduce utility bills. First, you need to find out how much insulation you already have in your home and where.  A qualified home energy auditor, like Henges Insulation & Fireplaces, can check your insulation.

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In newer houses, you may be able to find out what insulation was installed from the builder. In older houses, you’ll need to request an energy audit or if you prefer to do it yourself, follow these helpful tips from the U.S. Department of Energy:

  • Inspect the attic, walls and floors adjacent to an unheated space, like a garage or basement.  See what type of insulation you have and measure its thickness.
  • Check the exterior walls using an electrical outlet:
    • Turn off the power to the outlet.
    • Remove the outlet cover and inspect the cracks to see if there is insulation.
    • Remove some of the insulation to help determine the type.
  • Tip – Just because you find insulation in one wall doesn’t mean that it’s everywhere in the house.
  • Check and measure the thickness of any insulation in unfinished basement ceilings and walls, or above crawl spaces.
  • Once you’ve determined the type of insulation you have in these areas and its thickness, check out the U.S. Department of Energy to determine the R-values of insulation previously installed in your home.

Henges Insulation & Fireplaces in Olathe, Kansas, is a leading contractor in the insulation and fireplace industries in the Kansas City area. We have provided high-quality products and services to builders, remodelers, designers, architects and homeowners since 1932.

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Small Outdoor Kitchen Ideas

Get inspired with these small outdoor kitchen ideas! Enjoy a massive cooking surface, lots of storage, and keep the footprint small on your patio.

See all our Outdoor Kitchen Kits.

small outdoor kitchen ideas

The Palmetto outdoor kitchen is 7′ and comes with an AOG 36″ L series grill with interior halogen lights, double access doors, a 20″ AOG refrigerator, an Africa Persa polished granite countertop with eased edge, and Timber Ledge Texas Cream stone. Granite and stone come ready to install at the project site.

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The Palm Bay Outdoor Kitchen design offers a 30″ Echelon analog grill and 24″ True glass door refrigerator. Take your grilling to the next level and keep your drinks cold.

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The Melbourne outdoor kitchen is a 6′ kitchen that has an AOG 30″ T series grill, double access doors and triple drawer storage. Pauline Grey polished granite countertop with eased edge, and Timber Ledge Midnight Black stone. Granite and stone come ready to install at the project site.

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The Edgewater outdoor kitchen is a 6′ kitchen with a 32″ Sizzler Summerset grill, double access doors, and large trash drawer. A stock Santa Cecelia granite top and Texas Cream Timber Ledge stone offers a great finishing package. Granite and stone come ready to install at the project site.

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Using Your Fireplace or Stove During a Power Outage

One of the most common emergencies in our homes is losing power. At first, losing power is just an inconvenience, but if it lasts more than a few hours, it can become a more serious situation.

Using Your Fireplace or Stove During a Power Outage

Using Your Fireplace or Stove During a Power Outage

During the cold months, power outages can result in loss of heat, making it uncomfortable or even impossible to stay in our homes. When this happens, we appreciate our fireplaces and stoves more than ever. Here’s how to be prepared:

Wood-burning Hearth Products

  • If you have a wood pile and a wood-burning fireplace or stove, you’re in good shape to keep your house warm during a power outage.

Gas Fireplaces – Standing Pilot

  • If your gas fireplace has a standing pilot, it should light itself fine during a power outage since it doesn’t require electricity to activate the pilot flame. If you need to light it manually, consult your owner’s manual.

Gas Fireplaces – Intermittent Pilot Ignition

  • If your gas fireplace was manufactured recently, it may have an energy-saving intermittent pilot ignition system, which requires electricity to spark the pilot flame each time it’s used. Many models, like Heat & Glo gas fireplaces and inserts are outfitted with IntelliFire or IntelliFire Plus ignition systems, which have battery backup systems that can be used to light the pilot during a power outage. Generally, IntelliFire systems require two D cell batteries, and IntelliFire Plus systems require four AA batteries. If you have a remote control or a wall switch with a display, find the control box in the lower controls of the fireplace or behind the stove. There will be a switch that slides between ON, OFF and REMOTE – slide this to ON for the appliance to operate with the power off. If you have questions, consult your owner’s manual.

Pellet stoves and inserts

  • They require electricity to light the flame and many models are available with battery backup systems. Consult your owner’s manual to determine what size and how many batteries are needed. Also, keep in mind that sometimes power outages can cause power surges that may damage circuit boards and motors. For this reason, it’s a good idea to unplug your pellet stove during a storm, or plug it into a surge protector. Another option for lighting your stove is to plug it into a generator, if you have one.
  • Keep in mind that batteries should be used only in the event of a power outage, as battery longevity can be affected by the temperature of the appliance. So, remove the batteries when you’re not using them during a power outage.

Hearth products become great assets during power outages! If you have questions, please consult your owner’s manual or your local hearth dealer.

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Direct Vent Fireplaces

At Henges Insulation & Fireplaces we carry a large variety of fireplaces (direct vent, B-vent, wood burning, outdoor and electric).

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Direct vent fireplaces are one of Henges Insulation & Fireplaces’ most popular fireplace models, and it’s easy to see why. A direct vent fireplace burns so efficiently that it can be vented directly out a wall rather than through a traditional chimney and vent system.

With authentic-looking gas log fires, many homeowners are taking advantage of the convenience of a direct vent fireplace, while enjoying the ambiance of a traditional wood-burning fire too.

We professionally install Majestic fireplaces, Vermont Castings fireplaces and stoves, and Country Flame flex fuel stoves and wood burning fireplaces. We look forward to helping you choose a hearth product that meets your needs and preferences.


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KC Fireplace Repair

In addition to being a home insulation company, we also excel in fireplace repair. Our experience includes everything from gas fireplace repair to free-standing heat sources such as wood and coal stoves. For home insulation and fireplace repair in Kansas City, Henges Insulation & Fireplaces is the company to call.

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To prevent dangerous home fires or carbon monoxide deaths in buildings, you need expert fireplace repair from our qualified technicians. As fuel burns inside a fireplace’s firebox, the ashes float up leaving particles and soot that create a layer of flammable creosote. We use specialized tools such as long handled brushes and heavy-duty vacuums to scrape creosote layers from the interior of chimneys.  At the same time, we can replace broken parts inside the devices to ensure your home passes local safety codes. A yearly fireplace inspection by knowledgeable technicians is recommenced to inspect the device’s firebox and chimney for buildup of debris that can block dangerous smoke. In addition to indoor fireplace repair in Kansas City, we climb on a building’s rooftop to inspect for damage on exterior surfaces that can block deadly carbon monoxide emissions.

Our main goal is to make sure that you are satisfied with your fireplace. We will do everything that we can to give you the best service possible. We not only want you to use our company again, but we also want you to refer your family members and friends to our company.

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