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Monthly Archives: August 2010

Remembering Hurricane Katrina on 5th Anniversary

This weekend marks the 5th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, and to mark the milestone the non-profit, Rebuilding Together, has set out to renovate 50 New Orleans homes in 5 days. The tremendous effort, known as “Fifty for Five,” has received the support of HGTV, Sears, and many others to help revitalize the area. Keep track of the group’s renovations and rebuilding efforts during the event here.

Rebuilding Together is renovating 50 homes in New Orleans in 5 days to mark the 5th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.

Here are some ways you can remember Hurricane Katrina:

  • Watch Spike Lee’s 5-year Hurricane Katrina follow-up documentary, “If God Is Willing and Da Creek Don’t Rise” on HBO.
  • Learn about New Orleans transplants in Kansas City.
  • See dramatic before and after photos of the hurricane.
  • View photos from the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
The aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans.
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What Are Fireplace Inserts?

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

Installing a fireplace insert is a great way to upgrade your heating system to be more energy efficient. Fireplace inserts are heating appliances that fit inside old fireplaces and can help you get more use out of an existing fireplace without remodeling. 

A gas-burning fireplace insert easily can turn your old wood-burning fireplace into a lean gas-burning machine. Hooked on wood-burning? Vermont Castings makes inserts that can turn an old open fireplace into an energy-efficient wood-burning stove.

When buying a fireplace insert make sure the fireplace insert is certified. Don’t forget to get your fireplace insert professionally installed to ensure safety.

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. We look forward to helping you choose a hearth product that meets your needs and preferences.

 

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Cash for Caulkers Vote Delayed

The Senate vote to pass legislation including the “Cash for Caulkers” rebate program for household energy efficiency upgrades we told you about last month has been delayed for the August recess, and Consumer Reports is forecasting that it may not have enough steam to ever get off the ground.

“Cash for Caulkers”, which was passed by the House of Representatives earlier this year, along with its parent global warming bill will be back up for consideration by the Senate in mid-September at the earliest. Find out more from this CNN Money article. We will keep you posted!

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Henges’ $100 Off Sale Ends Aug. 20

Henges Insulation & Fireplaces recently celebrated our 100th blog post with a special sale posted online only. Here’s the deal:

Receive $100 off any new home insulation and fireplace package or any existing home insulation retrofit or fireplace work with a $500 minimum purchase.

August is a great time to examine your heating and insulation needs before cold weather returns. Take advantage of our $100 off sale–Hurry, sale ends Aug. 20!

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Fireplace Repair In Kansas City

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

In addition to being a home insulation company in Kansas City, 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.

 Fireplace Repair In Kansas City

Fireplace Repair In Kansas City

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. 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.

Henges Insulation & Fireplaces has a comprehensive team of trained professionals with years of critical, hands-on experience.  Our team has undergone extensive training and regular re-certifications and will work with you to get the job done right. If there is anything we can help you with, please contact us at 913-764-4600.

We look forward to working with you!

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Late Summer Events in the Kansas City Area

Before summer is over, there are plenty of opportunities around town to enjoy the best of arts and entertainment in the Kansas City area. Here are just a few of the fun times yet to be had before cold weather and fall routines set in:

  • Missouri State Fair, now through Aug. 22
  • “Beauty and the Beast,” now through Aug. 15
  • Goo Goo Dolls with Switchfoot and Green River Ordinance, Aug. 19
  • 31st annual Ethnic Enrichment Festival, Aug. 20-22

 

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Converting A Wood Burning Fireplace Into A Gas Fireplace

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

Have you been thinking about converting a wood burning fireplace into a gas fireplace?  A wood burning fireplace is considered to be one of the most inefficient heat sources available according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Converting to an easy to use gas insert will bring warmth and efficiency.
Converting A Wood Burning Fireplace Into A Gas Fireplace

Converting A Wood Burning Fireplace Into A Gas Fireplace:

Fireplace inserts fit in the opening of an existing wood fireplace and the variety of surrounds available close any gaps. Fans and blowers are also available to help push the heat out into the room and optional remote controls make it as simple to use as a traditional gas fireplace.

Henges Insulation & Fireplaces has a comprehensive team of trained professionals with years of critical, hands-on experience. These experts will help you choose the fireplace or insulation best-suited for your home. Our certified installers have undergone extensive training and regular re-certifications and will work with you to get the job done right. If there is anything we can help you with, please contact us at 913-764-4600 or complete the contact form. We look forward to working with you!

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DIY Fireplace Transformation

Take a look at this fireplace makeover we found on All Things Heart and Home:

The once-dated and dark fireplace got a facelift with paint and seasonal accessories and will be ready to go when cooler weather arrives. Sometimes improvements like these are needed after changing another aspect of the room such as installing new floors or buying new furniture. Check out the complete article for details on how this handy housewife got this fireplace in shape.

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What is a Hearth Product?

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

What is a Hearth Product? The category is immense and includes fireplaces, freestanding stoves, fireplace inserts, masonry heaters, gas logs, outdoor hearth products, and hearth accessories including mantels, hearth pads, firescreens, and glass doors.

What is a Hearth Product?

Installing a fireplace once required building an expensive chimney, base and flue system. With today’s multiple venting options, a fireplace, stove or log set can be installed almost anywhere in the home, even in non-traditional locations such as the kitchen, home office, master bedroom or bathroom.

Henges Insulation & Fireplaces offers Majestic and Vermont Castings hearth products by Monessen Hearth Systems Company and Country Flame by American Energy Systems Inc. Our quality selection includes zero-clearance fireplaces, fireplace inserts, outdoor and electric fireplaces, cast iron and steel stoves, log kits, fireplace parts and accessories, and high-end BBQs.

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. One of the reasons that many people in the Kansas City area choose us is because we are experienced. All of our employees are highly-qualified technicians. We will take our time to make sure that your fireplace is installed correctly and efficiently.

 

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100th Blog Post Special

In celebration of our 100th blog post, Henges Insulation & Fireplaces is offering $100 off any new home insulation and fireplace package or any existing home retrofit insulation or fireplace work with a $500 minimum purchase. Expires 8/20/10. Thanks to all our customers from Greg Kudrna and the rest of the staff. Tell your friends!

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