Energy News & Tips

Avoid Drafts To Conserve Energy

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, drafts can waste 5 to 30 percent of your energy use!

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Start simple and adopt that old Great Depression fixture — the draft snake, which you can easily make yourself. Just place a rolled bath towel under a drafty door (or all you craftier people can make a more attractive DIY draft snake). You can use any scraps of fabric, even neckties, and fill with sand or kitty litter.

More tips and images can be found here.

At Henges Insulation & Fireplaces, we welcome all insulation jobs, big or small, residential or commercial. We will evaluate your project, consult with you on your goals, help you choose  appropriate insulation, air seal your structure and install insulation with the precision and thoroughness that guarantees a job done right. We choose our products from proven manufacturers. With our extensive knowledge and experienced professionals, you will get optimum performance out of insulation installed by Henges Insulation & Fireplaces.

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OPEN HOUSE!

Kansas City Fireplaces

MARCH 2ND 2018 (4:00 PM – 7:00 PM)

We would cordially like to invite you and any guest to come check out our newly remodeled showroom! We will have food, drinks, and a raffle to win a Flame Genie fire pit!

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Everyone that arrives will get put into a free raffle to win a fire pit! (Must be 18yrs or older)

 Henges Insulation & Fireplaces
15640 S Keeler St. Olathe KS 66062
913-764-4600
 RSVP to bcorey@henges.com
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What Does Your Front Door Have To Do With Saving You Money?

Lowering your energy bill can start at your front door! Doors and windows are a great starting point to help make your home more energy-efficient.

What Does Your Front Door Have To Do With Saving You Money?

Here are some tips from Desert News to help:

  • Wood is the most beautiful, but it is also the least energy efficient.
  • Insulated doors have a core of foam insulation, which increases thermal resistance.
  • Any glass within the door frame should also be insulated, meaning two panes of glass at a minimum. 
  • Proper weatherstripping is critical to keeping air from leaking.
  • Vinyl weatherstripping, which is slightly more expensive, will hold up well to traffic and resists moisture

At Henges Insulation & Fireplaces, we know that your home is an important investment. We also recognize your desire to decrease your overall home-ownership costs. We will work with you to find the best insulation for your home. We will carefully and thoroughly install quality insulation that will increase the value of your investment and lower your home-ownership costs. 

 

 

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What Can You Learn From Snow On Your Roof?

What Can You Learn From Snow On Your Roof?

Did you know that how the snow melts on your roof indicates what insulation your attic needs? If your attic has little or no insulation, the snow will melt quickly. If your attic needs more insulation in spots, you will notice parts of the snow melting. If your attic insulation is good, the snow will last longer. 

  • Check after a light snowstorm with little wind.
  • Examine your roof and compare it to the neighbors.
  • If your roofing is asphalt shingles, the snow should stay for days unless the air temperature rises above 32 degrees.
  • If it melts unevenly, make a note of where the bare roofing shows through first. That is likely to be a place where extra heat is escaping from your house into the attic. 

Read more here.

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Home Issues And Solutions

Residential Energy Services Network has put together a list of home problems and solutions. Use these steps to make your home more energy efficient and significantly lower energy costs.

Home Issues And Solutions

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  1. Drafty Rooms
    • Possible causes:
      • Cold air leaking into your house around windows, doors, electrical outlets and light fixtures
      • Biggest culprits for leaking air include the attic and recessed lights
    • Solutions:
      • Air sealing 
      • Check out your HVAC system – your filter may need changing
  2. Moisture on Windows
    • Possible causes:
      • Inefficient windows (e.g., single pane with aluminum frames)
      • Inadequate ventilation combined with high moisture
    • Solutions:
      • Reduce humidity levels in your home by using ventilation fans in the kitchen and bathrooms
      • Make sure your clothes dryer vents directly outside
      • Install storm windows or ENERGY STAR labeled ones
      • Install a shrink film or a polyethylene sheet window insulation
  3. Cold Floors
    • Possible causes:
      • Insufficient insulation
      • Air infiltration
      • Leaky ducts
    • Solutions:
      • Air sealing
      • Improved insulation
      • Check your HVAC system to make sure it’s functioning properly or if the filter needs changing
  4. Dry Indoor Air
  • Possible causes:
    • Humidity levels are too low
    • HVAC system not functioning properly
    • Air leakage, which lets warm humid air escape and draws in drier, colder air instead
  • Solutions:
    • Set proper humidity levels in your home (between 30%-50%)
    • Seal all air leaks

Henges Insulation & Fireplaces in Olathe, Kansas, is a leading contractor in the insulation and fireplace industries in the Kansas City area. We have provided high-quality products and services to builders, remodelers, designers, architects and homeowners since 1932.

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Benefits Of Insulation

Do you know the benefits of insulation? A properly designed and installed insulation system can provide short and long term benefits.  Insulation can help protect your property and save you money.  Read more from the National Insulation Association.

Benefits Of Insulation

Benefits Of Insulation:

  1.  Reduces energy costs
  2.  Prevents moisture condensation
  3.  Reduces capacity and size of new mechanical equipment
  4.  Enhances process performance
  5.  Reduces emissions of pollutants
  6.  Safety and protection of personnel
  7.  Acoustical performance: reduces noise levels
  8.  Maximizes return on investment (ROI)
  9.  Improves Appearance
  10.  Fire Protection
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New Showroom

We have remodeled our showroom!

Our newly remodeled showroom is now open and we look forward to meeting you and collaborating with you on your next project! We encourage our clients to visit us at our showroom, which features quality insulation materials and beautiful fireplaces. 

Stop in and see us……We would love to see you!

Henges Insulation & Fireplaces is located at 

15640 S. Keeler St.

Olathe, KS 66062 

913-764-4600

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Prepare For Winter

Prepare for winter by adding insulation to your home. A highly trained contractor will install proper levels of insulation to keep you comfortable without high bills.
 

Installing insulation is the largest part of our business. We work with builders, commercial contractors and homeowners throughout the metro Kansas City area. As knowledge spreads in our tech-savvy world, more building or remodeling homeowners have become aware of the importance of professionally installed, quality insulation.

 

We welcome all insulation jobs, big or small, residential or commercial. We will evaluate your project, consult with you on your goals, help you choose  appropriate insulation, air seal your structure and install insulation with the precision and thoroughness that guarantees a job done right. We choose our products from proven manufacturers. With our extensive knowledge and experienced professionals, you will get optimum performance out of insulation installed by Henges Insulation & Fireplaces.

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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 Greg Kudrna at Henges Insulation & Fireplaces, 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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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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