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Monthly Archives: December 2009

Henges crew having fun in KC

Many of us from Henges Insulation & Fireplaces attended the 2009 HBA Inaugural Gala on December 4. The crew got dressed up in their formal attire and danced the night away. The KCHBA introduced the 2010 HBA of Greater Kansas City Executive Committee led by incoming President Janet Pereira.

Would you leave the front door open all day?

Imagine heating your home in the winter or cooling your home in the summer…and then leaving the front door open. If you add up all the possible air leaks in a typical home—cracks at the joints in the frame; small spaces around windows and doors; areas around pipes, ducts, vents and electrical outlets—it can have the same effect as an open door or window. When batt insulation is cut or forced to fit around irregular shapes, gaps can result that enable air to pass right through. That’s called air infiltration or air leakage, and it can account for as much as a third of heat loss in a home. Properly-installed cellulose loose-fill insulation can reduce the heat loss in your home. For more information, visit http://www.greenfiber.com/. The professionals at Henges Insulation & Fireplaces can help you properly insulate your home. Please give us a call at 913-764-4600.

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‘Cash for Caulkers’ a reality in 2010?

Remember the government’s much-hyped Cash for Clunkers program? Thanks to a new program proposed earlier this month—you guessed it, Cash for Caulkers—those most affected by the housing bust, from contractors and construction workers to do-it-yourself homeowners, might just benefit from President Obama’s job creation program in 2010.

From performing an energy audit to nearly 20 different measures you can take to weatherize your home, here’s a must-read story from USA Today that details potential incentives that will get contractors back to work, and homeowners on the path to save.

Want extra credit? Check out this diagram outlining some potential weatherization projects on Treehugger.com

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How ‘Greening’ Your Home Can Save Money

Drafty windows, aging heating systems, skyrocketing energy bills. For many homeowners, these symptoms ring all too true as temperatures dip and we snuggle in for a long winter’s rest.

But you’re in luck—with little more than two weeks left to take advantage of the federal stimulus package’s green provisions, we’d like to offer a few suggestions for boosting your home’s efficiency and getting your fair share.

Investing in the following energy-efficient measures can save homeowners up to 30% of the cost, up to $1,500!

♦ Add adequate insulation. This is one of the most cost-effective home improvements you can make, and one for which you’ll see the most immediate return on investment. From reduced energy bills to higher resale value, this measure is a win-win for consumers.

Update or replace windows and doors. Inefficient windows, skylights and doors are like holes in your wall and your roof. Replace wood doors with insulated steel or fiberglass doors. Choose windows with coated glass, fiberglass frames and an Energy Star label; you’ll boost efficiency, lose the noise, and cut cooling costs.

Consider new roofing. The colder the climate, the greater your need for roof insulation that will keep the heat in the building envelope. Energy Star-qualified products, such as metal or asphalt roofs, reflect the sun’s rays and reduce energy costs.

Remember to save your receipts so you can claim the deductions on your income tax return. The federal tax credit expires December 31st; ask us how we can help save you money and fit your insulation needs.

By Samantha Wells

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A ‘Lil’ About Henges

We are a fairly small company of 15, based in Olathe. Greg, Doug, Keith, Gary and Bill spend part of their days in the office and part out meeting our potential customers. Courtney, Sara, Amanda and Don keep everything running smoothly from the office. Manuel, Ivan, Jacob, Tyler, Francisco and Jose are out in the KC metro installing quality fireplaces and insulation for our valued customers.

We have traditionally worked with builders and love what we do. However, we recently realized that there are so many homeowners looking to remodel or build who we rarely meet but could really help. We can meet your needs, too. And we’d like to get to know you. So here we are in the social media world.

Please let us know what you think of our posts. And direct us to yours! You can also fan or friend HengesInsulation on Facebook and follow us at twitter.com/HengesKCmetro. We look forward to getting to know you!

Free Contemporary Art Exhibit

View “Looking West” by Jeff Aeling, a collection of new land, light and water paintings. Also featured, “Habitat” by Carl Corey, a collection of photographs. Displayed by Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art in Downtown KCMO.

Nov. 6, 2009 – Jan. 2, 2010

Stubble Fire West of Topeka, KS by Jeff Aeling

11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Tuesday – Saturday

2004 Baltimore Ave., Kansas City, MO
For more information, call 816-221-2626

or visit www.sherryleedy.com

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We’ve Always Loved An Open Flame

It has been said that the discovery of fire is second in importance only to the discovery of language. It makes sense. For obvious reasons, humans have used “fireplaces” for heat and security since before recorded history began. The first fireplaces were made up of stone, with possibly a door or hole in the roof to let smoke escape. Highly inefficient, yet effective.

The fireplace has since evolved, into a simple, effective, convenient and often beautiful way to control and contain a fire within the comfort of your home, whether it is a cave or a mansion. Find more information at www.fireplacesandwoodstoves.com

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How Insulation Works

Heat naturally moves from a warm area to a cooler one. So in the winter, the heat generated by our heaters flows (even through walls, floors and ceilings) to attics, garages, basements and the great outdoors. In the summer, all the outdoor heat fights its way inside and we run our air conditioners to try to push it back out.

Maintaining a comfortable temperature in our homes can be costly. Insulation provides resistance to the natural flow of heat. The more heat-flow resistance (R-value) your insulation provides, the lower your costs for energy will be.

Learn more about how to save your energy and money at www.energysavers.gov.

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Booming Technology

During the 1990s, the United States spent more on technology than on agriculture, industry, transportation and all other equipment combined. Other countries also increased their investments in technology. Now, our world is a global village…one gigantic Facebook! If Facebook were a country, it would be the fourth largest country in the world!

Interestingly though, the cell phone has proven to be the fastest-growing technology in history – faster than the Internet! Developed in the 1940s, introduced in 1978 and practically a necessity by 2000…now more than four billion people own a cell phone.

These facts and more at www.didyouknow.org.

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Join the conversation!

We are thrilled to announce our innovative new online presence that will allow you to interact with us in brand new ways and also to keep abreast of the latest trends and developments.

Much more than just a new website or blog, our new online presence will provide easy and convenient new ways to stay informed, shop, learn and network.

We’d love for you to jump right in and contribute! Got an opinion on something you read here or a related topic? Just click on “Leave a Comment” and share your thoughts — we can’t wait to hear from you.

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