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Monthly Archives: September 2010

KC Construction Outlook Improves

Last week the Kansas City Build Expo returned to Kansas City after leaving for four years, paving the way for anticipated improvements in construction in the area, according to NBC affiliate KSHB-TV. New construction of homes and apartments in Kansas City was up 10% from July to August this year, and is expected to continue to grow along with demand for commercial construction. About 15,000 attendees attended the build expo. Do you think construction is on the upswing in Kansas City? Check out all the major construction projects planned for Kansas City and Missouri.

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Building To Increase Household Energy Efficiency

Windows and doors work alongside heating and cooling systems and home insulation to increase household energy efficiency. Windows, doors, exterior vents, etc., are all part of what is known as the “house envelope.” The stronger the house envelope the greater the energy efficiency and cost savings. Energy-efficient windows can help maximize the performance of your home’s insulation, just as a good heating and cooling system can help regulate indoor air trapped by the house envelope and insulation. The new Kansas City Homes & Lifestyles Boulevard of Dreams Green Living Show Home demonstrates the benefits of building to increase energy efficiency with components such as double-pane, low-E glass windows. Eco-friendly insulation such as Green Fiber can add another layer of eco-consciousness to your house.

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Kansas City Build Expo

We’re just a few days away from the Kansas City Build Expo. This is the premier show for the building and construction industry. This year’s expo will take place at Bartle Hall on West 13th Street, September 22 & 23 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day.

Kansas City Build Expo:

This is the place for free seminars, over 100 exhibitors with special savings on their products and services, the latest products, and best of all, admission is FREE! Mark your calendars for this event you won’t want to miss, and make sure to stop by our booth. For more information, visit the Kansas City Build Expo website.

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Heating with Flex-fuels

By now, we’re all aware that using renewable energy sources is the most ideal way to heat our homes. However, choosing the right appliance can prove to be somewhat of a difficult task, especially when it comes to heating with flex-fuels. All products are not created equally and researching your options is the answer to making sure you choose the best product to meet your needs.

According to the MagnuM Heat Blog, most manufacturers of flex-fuel appliances have informative websites that explain each product’s features. For instance, some companies manufacture appliances that only burn one type of fuel, while others have multi-fuel capabilities, like the MagnuM Country Flame stove. Flex fuel stoves such as the MagnuM Country Flame allow you to choose the type of fuel that is best suited for your area, most available, and easiest on your pocketbook.

We would be happy to answer your questions about flex fuel heating appliances. Give us a call at 913-764-4600, visit our website, or stop by and see us. We are located at 15640 South Keeler in Olathe!

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What R-Value Insulation Do I Need?

What R-Value Insulation Do I Need? When choosing insulation, you need to determine the overall R-value of the insulation you need for your home. The definition of R-value according to the North American Insulation Manufacturers Association is the resistance to heat flow, therefore:

The higher the R-value, the greater the insulating power. Thickness of insulation is only one factor that determines its R-value. In fact, insulation should always be specified by R-value, not thickness.

To find out the R-value of the insulation you need for your new or existing home, try this Zip Code calculator or see this R-value table from the U.S. Department of Energy.

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Free Energy Conservation Fair in Lawrence Sept. 11

Find out how you can increase home energy efficiency and learn more about eco-friendly practices for free at the 10th Annual Lawrence Energy Conservation Fair tomorrow, Saturday, Sept. 11. The event, hosted by the City of Lawrence Waste Reduction and Recycling Division, will showcase home energy efficiency resources in the area as well as offer seminars on topics such as energy efficiency financing and sustainable residential design. The energy conservation fair will be held at the the City of Lawrence Community Building, located at 115 W. 11th Street, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Also, see practical applications of energy efficiency on the Lawrence Sustainable Homes Tour, part of the National Solar Tour, such as appliance upgrades and green remodeling projects. The tour departs at 10:30 a.m. from the community building, and the cost is $10 for adults and $3 for children under 14..

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Direct Vent Fireplaces

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).

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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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Intersting Facts About the U.S. Labor Force

Labor Day began in 1882 as the start of the labor movement and celebrates the social and economic achievements of American workers on the first Monday of September each year. Here are some interesting facts about the U.S. labor force:

  • In May 2009 there were 155.1 million people (age 16 and up) in the labor force.
  • The professions with the most workers include teachers, customer service representatives, registered nurses, computer software engineers, chief executives, and janitors and building cleaners.
  • There are 10.3 million independent contractors.
  • 7.7 million people hold down more than one job.
  • 28% work more than 40 hours per week, and 8% work more than 60 hours per week.

Find out more interesting facts about the U.S. labor force, and happy Labor Day!

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KC Fireplace Repair

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

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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Kansas City 2010 Remodeling Awards Announced

Congratulations to all of this year’s winners of Kansas City Homes & Gardens’ 2010 Remodeling Awards announced recently. The awards showcase the best work of builders, designers, and contractors in our area. The 2010 Remodel of the Year Grand Award went to a California split-level transformed into a European estate. Check out the 2010 Remodel of the Year and more than 20 winning remodeling projects, including must-see before and after shots, for some remodeling inspiration of your own.

What remodeling project would you most like to do in your own home?

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