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Monthly Archives: July 2010

“Cash For Caulkers” Promotes Green Upgrades

Homeowners may qualify for up to $8,000 in rebates for energy efficient upgrades under legislation that is expected to pass in the U.S. Senate within the next week, according to a USA Today report. Upgrades covered under the “Cash for Caulkers” bill, formally the “Home Star Energy Retrofit Act of 2010,” include air sealing, insulation, window replacement, and water heater replacement. Here is a link to a helpful table that explains each retrofit and its associated building requirement and rebate.

Henges Insulation & Fireplaces can help prepare for and perform home energy upgrades. We will post more information about insulation and furnace upgrades covered under “Cash for Caulkers” in the coming weeks. Stay informed by signing up to get posts and updates in your e-mail.

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Fun Ways To Beat the Heat

Heat safety is important during hot, humid summers when soaring temperatures can lead to dehydration, sunburn, and even death. But keeping cool doesn’t have to be a chore. Here are some fun ways to beat the heat:

  1. Take it easy. Heat-related stress increases with age and activity, so save strenuous activity for the coolest part of the day and don’t push yourself too hard. Seek shade outside or stay inside air-conditioned spaces. Want to get out of the house? Visit your local library or shopping mall!
  2. Wear white. Lightweight and light-colored clothing reflects sunlight and helps maintain a normal body temperature. Check out these tips for wearing white in style. And these!
  3. Stay hydrated in style. We all know to drink plenty of water to stay hydrated, but why not sip from a stylish water bottle? Check out these cute eco-friendly options.

For more fun ways to beat the heat, check out these tips and suggestions from Real Simple and Good Housekeeping. For official heat safety information and to learn how to recognize heat-related symptoms, read this information from the National Weather Service. Find heat shelters and assistance in Kansas City on this community page.

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Outdoor Fireplaces

Want an inviting place to chat with friends or sip on a refreshing drink? Why not your own backyard? Outdoor fireplaces can greatly contributes to a comfortable, welcoming ambiance while providing an attractive focal point outside.

Outdoor fireplaces

Don’t forget to consider the style, size, fuel-type, location and regulations before having your heart set on a certain one.

Click here for additional information about outdoor fireplace options.

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Spray Foam Insulation

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Adding Spray Foam Insulation Kansas City

Air leaks plague most homes—old or new—resulting in huge amounts of wasted energy costs. Want to green your home and seal these leaks before your wallet takes another hit? Henges Insulation & Fireplaces is now offering spray foam insulation, an easy DIY solution that can be sprayed in even the smallest leaky crevices.

And even with its easy installation, spray foam is an extremely effective insulator that’s also resistant to mold and pests.

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Tips For Using Your New Fireplace

We are no longer servicing or installing fireplaces. Please call us for a recommendation.

At Henges Insulation & Fireplaces we carry a large variety of fireplaces (direct vent, B-vent, wood burning, outdoor and electric) and wood burning stoves to suit any building or home. We professionally install Majestic fireplaces, Vermont Castings fireplaces and stoves, and Country Flame flex fuel stoves and wood burning fireplaces. Our field technicians not only install fireplaces, they have the knowledge and experience to diagnose and perform fireplace repairs and tune-ups on nearly any unit.

Tips For Using Your New Fireplace

Tips For Using Your New Fireplace

  • Remove the plastic from trim parts before turning the new fireplace ON.
  • It is normal for fireplaces fabricated of steel to give off some expansion and/or contraction noises during the start up or cool down cycle. Similar noises are found with your furnace heat exchanger or car engine.
  • It is not unusual for your gas fireplace to give off some odor the first time it is burned.  This is due to the curing of the paint and any undetected oil from the manufacturing process.
  • Please ensure that your room is well-ventilated – open all windows.
  • Burn your fireplace for at least 10 hours the first time you use it.  If the optional fan kit has been installed, place the fan switch in the “OFF” position during this time.  This will help minimize odors in future use.
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3 Ways to Insulate Floors

Upgrading insulation can have one of the biggest impacts on home energy savings and can help decrease carbon dioxide emissions. Homeowners often spring for insulation upgrades inside walls, but don’t forget about “the sixth wall”: floors. Some great ways to insulate your floors are featured in a recent article in London’s Daily Telegraph.

Flooring Insulation:

  • Caulk hardwood floors
  • Choose linoleum or cork–natural insulators–for new flooring
  • Try foam insulation such as Knauf for existing floors
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New Building Technology Decreases Need for AC

Phase-changing materials that use parrafin wax capsules to absorb and distribute heat may help cool homes in the near future. National Gypsum,
the first American manufacturer to use phase-changing materials, is currently testing the technology in its ThermalCORE PCM drywall panels. The product will help meet rising demand for greener building materials and energy savings on heating and air-conditioning. Find out more about “melting drywall” in this article from Technology Review.

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Builders: Register for Parade of Homes and Contest

Builders can still register for the fall Parade of Homes sponsored by the Kansas City Home Builders Association by the late registration deadline July 16. The cost is $1,995. The Parade of Homes will take place Oct. 2-17 this year with free admission into hundreds of homes open daily to the public. Participants can also enter a contest for “Distinctive Plan” and “Pick of the Parade” awards. Early registration is August 20, and the cost is $200. Be a part of this Kansas City tradition!

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Home Buyer Tax Credit Extended

On July 1 a law went into effect to extend the closing date and federal tax credits for first-time homebuyers to September 30. To be eligible, you must have bought or entered into a contract on a home on or before April 30.

According to Kiplinger Personal Finance magazine, qualified homebuyers can receive the up to $8,000 tax credit more quickly by filing an extended 2009 tax return rather than waiting until next year. Savings go even further as interest rates are at historically low levels. For details about the tax credit, see the Internal Revenue Service website.

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Henges Closed Monday July 5

Henges Insulation and Fireplaces will be closed on Monday, July 5, for the Fourth of July holiday. We will re-open at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, July 6. Our regular business hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Come visit us to see insulation samples and our fireplace showroom. We look forward to serving you!

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