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Autumn Assessment

Use this Autumn Assessment to help get your home prepared for the cold days ahead!

Autumn Assessment:

  1. Unplug & Remove – Inefficiency, underuse, and outdated items in your house will suck energy from your home. Do a room by room assessment to find these items that are costing you money every month and replace or eliminate them.
  2.  Bundle Up Your Home –  The cold weather is almost here and you are not the only one that needs some extra layers. Adding insulation will keep your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer and help lower your energy bills and maintain your home’s value.
  3. Check Your Windows – Air leaks and condensation can mean broken or corroded seals. Fix these to help your warm air from going out the window.

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Insulation for your home is a major decision, whether you are building a new home or doing structural remodeling. Your decision should be based on your needs, desires and budget. At Henges Insulation, our certified professionals undergo extensive training followed by continuing education and re-certifications throughout their careers.  When choosing insulation for your home, our experts will provide you with options and help you select the best insulation products available.

Air Sealing Tips

You can reduce your home’s costs through proper insulation and air sealing techniques. Air leakage occurs when outside air enters and conditioned air leaves your house uncontrollably through cracks and openings. Checkout these air sealing tips and learn more at Energy.gov.

Air Sealing Tips

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Air Sealing Tips:

  • Test your home for air tightness.
  • Caulk and weatherstrip doors and windows that leak air.
  • Caulk and seal air leaks where plumbing, ducting, or electrical wiring comes through walls, floors, ceilings, and soffits over cabinets.
  • Install foam gaskets behind outlet and switch plates on walls.
  • Inspect dirty spots in your insulation for air leaks and mold. Seal leaks with low-expansion spray foam made for this purpose and install house flashing if needed.
  • Look for dirty spots on your ceiling paint and carpet, which may indicate air leaks at interior wall/ceiling joints and wall/floor joists, and caulk them.
  • Cover single-pane windows with storm windows or replace them with more efficient double-pane low- emissivity windows. See theWindows section for more information.
  • Use foam sealant on larger gaps around windows, baseboards, and other places where air may leak out.
  • Cover your kitchen exhaust fan to stop air leaks when not in use.
  • Check your dryer vent to be sure it is not blocked. This will save energy and may prevent a fire.
  • Replace door bottoms and thresholds with ones that have pliable sealing gaskets.
  • Keep the fireplace flue damper tightly closed when not in use.
  • Seal air leaks around fireplace chimneys, furnaces, and gas-fired water heater vents with fire-resistant materials such as sheet metal or sheetrock and furnace cement caulk.

Insulation for your home is a major decision, whether you are building a new home or doing structural remodeling. Your decision should be based on your needs, desires and budget. At Henges Insulation, our certified professionals undergo extensive training followed by continuing education and re-certifications throughout their careers.  When choosing insulation for your home, our experts will provide you with options and help you select the best insulation products available.

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Add this to your to-do list so you don’t forget: Get your home ready for winter and get it checked out by an insulation professional!

Our friendly professionals here at Henges Insulation provide high quality work on every job. When you are in need of insulation services in Kansas City, MO, give us a call here at Henges Insulation. We have been in business since the 1940s and provide high quality services on every job. Whether the job is big or small, we are here to help Kansas City, MO and the surround areas.

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Upgrading Insulation: Key To Going Green

Upgrading insulation is always one of the top recommendations for going green. That’s because there are tremendous environmental and cost benefits to having a well-insulated home.

Upgrading Insulation:

Upgrading insulation is one of “Organic Architect” Eric Corey Freed‘s Top 5 go-green tips, recently featured on Inhabitat. “The more, the better,” says Freed. In fact, Freed calls wrapping your home in insulation “probably the most important factor you can control in creating an energy-efficient home.” The story goes on to explain that about half your home’s heating and cooling will escape through the walls, windows, floors, and roof.

Freed suggests performing an energy audit on your home or surveying it with an infrared scanner or thermal radiometer to find out where to add insulation. To add on the environmental benefits, select eco-friendly insulation such as blow-in cellulose insulation, which is made with recycled newspaper.

Insulation Contractors in Kansas City

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 – 913-764-4600.

 

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Adding Insulation to an Existing Home

Adding insulation to an existing home or structure can most often increase energy efficiency and reduce utility bills. In older homes it’s a given, since most were built with less insulation than builders use today. Even in newer homes, additional insulation can usually pay itself off in energy savings within a few years.

Adding Insulation to an Existing Home

Adding Insulation to an Existing Home:

First, you need to find out how much insulation you already have in your home and where. A qualified home energy auditor, such as Henges Insulation, can check your insulation. In newer houses, you may be able to find out what insulation was installed from the builder. In older houses, you’ll need to request an energy audit or if you prefer to do it yourself, follow these helpful tips from the U.S. Department of Energy:

  • Check the attic, walls and floors adjacent to an unheated space, like a garage or basement. The structural elements are usually exposed in these areas, which makes it easy to see what type of insulation you have and to measure its depth or thickness (inches).
  • Inspect the exterior walls using an electrical outlet:
    1. Turn off the power to the outlet.
    2. Remove the outlet cover and shine a flashlight into the crack around the outlet box. You should be able to see if there is insulation in the wall and possibly how thick it is.
    3. Pull out a small amount of insulation if needed to help determine the type of insulation.
    4. Check outlets on the first and upper floors, if any, and in old and new parts of a house. Just because you find insulation in one wall doesn’t mean that it’s everywhere in the house.
  • Inspect and measure the thickness (inches) of any insulation in unfinished basement ceilings and walls, or above crawl spaces. If the crawl space isn’t ventilated, it may have insulation in the perimeter wall. If your house is relatively new, it may have been built with insulation outside the basement or foundation walls. If so, the insulation in these spaces won’t be visible. The builder or the original homeowner might be able to tell you if exterior insulation was used.
  • Once you’ve determined the type of insulation you have in these areas and its thickness (inches), see the U.S. Department of Energy’s online Insulation Fact Sheet for how to determine the R-values of insulation previously installed in your home.

If you have any questions, please give us a call at 913-764-4600. If you would like us to install your additional insulation, we’d be happy to come out and do a thorough inspection for you.

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