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Monthly Archives: November 2018

Holiday Fire Safety

It may be the most wonderful time of the year, but it’s also the busiest time of year—for local firefighters. According to www.firesaftey.gov, fires during the holiday season injure as many as 1,650 Americans, causing more than $990 million in damages.

Holiday Fire Safety

From scented candles, Christmas trees, and fireplaces to lights and space heaters, it’s easy to see why fire prevention is so important during the holidays. That’s why www.firesaftey.gov (literally) spells out some prevention measures to make sure this holiday is a safe and merry one for you and your family.

Space heaters:

  • Place them at least three feet away from anything flammable.
  • Make sure an adult is in the room when heaters are on.
  • Turn them off when you leave the room or go to sleep.

Alarms:

  • Install at least one smoke alarm on each floor level of the home, including basements.
  • Test the alarms monthly, and be sure to change batteries at least once a year.

Fires:

  • Never burn unconventional items such as wrapping paper or boxes in the fireplace, as this could cause a chimney fire.
  • The same thinking applies to stoves and ovens—use these strictly for cooking, and not for heating.

Escape:

  • Plan a home escape with two ways out of each room.
  • Practice your exit plan with every member of the family to make sure it works.
  • Invest in fire extinguishers, and know how to use them.

Trees:

  • For artificial trees, only choose flame-retardant ones with a UL label.
  • Cut trees should be watered daily to be kept fresh.
  • Never use real candles on trees.
  • Keep trees at a safe distance from fireplaces, other sources of heat, and doorways.
  • Dispose of trees at an authorized recycling center.

Your lights:

  • Inspect lights for wear and tear, such as frayed wires or gaps in insulation.
  • Periodically check wires—they should not be warm to touch.
  • Connect strings to an extension cord before plugging in.

Fore more information, visit firesafety.gov. At Henges Insulation, our experienced team offers nothing less than outstanding customer service. We pride ourselves on our professionalism and competitive pricing. 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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Where to Insulate

Where does a home need insulation? 

where do a home need insulation

1. In unfinished attic spaces, insulate between and over the floor joists to seal off living spaces below. 

  • 1A attic access door

2. In finished attic rooms with or without dormer, insulate

  • 2A between the studs of “knee” walls
  • 2B between the studs and rafters of exterior walls and roof
  • 2C and ceilings with cold spaces above
  • 2D Extend insulation into joist space to reduce air flows.

3. All exterior walls, including

  • 3A walls between living spaces and unheated garages, shed roofs, or storage areas
  • 3B foundation walls above ground level
  • 3C foundation walls in heated basements, full wall either interior or exterior

4. Floors above cold spaces, such as vented crawl spaces and unheated garages

  • 4A any portion of the floor in a room that is cantilevered beyond the exterior wall below
  • 4B slab floors built directly on the ground
  • 4C as an alternative to floor insulation, foundation walls of unvented crawl spaces
  • 4D Extend insulation into joist space to reduce air flows

5. Band joists

6. Replacement or storm windows and caulk and seal around all windows and doors

Source: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

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Types of Home Insulation

At Henges Insulation, we offer many different types of home insulation. It may be confusing for homeowners to decide which kind is best for their home. Here is an explanation of the differences between each type of home insulation. 

Types of Home Insulation

Types of Home Insulation:

Spray Foam Insulation:  Spray foam is made from polyurethane – a closed-cell foam that contains low-conductivity gas in its cells. It is excellent at temperature control and also reduces noise. Spray foam insulation comes in two different types:

  1. Open Cell: The tiny cells are not completely closed. It is a very good air barrier but does not provide any type of water vapor barrier. Open cell is less expensive than closed cell. It is usually used for interior walls because it provides sound reduction as well. It is not recommended for outdoor applications.
  2. Closed Cell: This type of spray foam insulation is much denser. It has a smaller, more compact cell structure. It is a very good air barrier as well as a water vapor barrier. It can be used anywhere in the home

Cellulose Insulation: This insulation is plant based. It is usually made from recycled paper that has been treated to be fire resistant. Is it sometimes favored over fiberglass insulation because it is environmentally friendly. Cellulose insulation is treated with fire retardants to meet all federal, state, and local fire safety requirements.

Fiberglass: This type of insulation is a man-made mineral fiber constructed from a variety of materials, such as sand and recycled glass. It is the most popular type of insulation used in the U.S.

Batt (Roll or Rolled) Insulation: Batt insulation is simply fiberglass insulation that is attached to craft paper on one side. This facilitates the installation process by making it easier to handle. It is typically rolled which is why some refer to it as roll or rolled insulation.

BIBS (Blow in Blanket) Insulation: BIBS® is a patented insulation system that blows fiberglass insulation into walls, floors, attics and ceilings. The BIBS® system is very effective because the insulation is free of voids and does not deteriorate over time. It is guaranteed against settling. Contractors must undergo intense training and be licensed to install the BIBS® insulation system. At Henges, we will install your blow in blanket insulation according to the manufacturer’s specifications to ensure that you get the most money for your insulation dollar.

Insulation Professionals in Kansas City

We hope that helps clarify some questions you may have had about types of insulation. We will be happy to talk to you further to help you decide which type of insulation is best for your Kansas City home. The important thing to remember is that 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, we understand this. Our technicians are thoroughly trained, obtain regular re-certifications throughout their careers, and understand the complexity and importance of insulation. Call us for professional insulation for your Kansas City home at 913-764-4600.

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