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Seasonal Home Maintenance Checklist

It’s time for spring cleaning, and chances are it’s been months since you did a good home maintenance checkup. Many household maintenance and health issues can be avoided with some simple preventative measures. Here’s a few great articles that should help you get started on seasonal home maintenance:

Bi-Annual Household Cleaning

Month-by-Month Home Maintenance Schedule

Don’t forget to…

  • Clean or replace household filters such as furnace and pool filters.
  • Clean air vents and ducts.
  • Check for proper insulation.
  • Keep the chimney clean and remove any ashes.
  • Check or install a chimney screen.
  • Clean fan and vacuum blades.
  • Pull weeds by hand or use a natural or eco-friendly weed killer.
  • Clear out rain gutters.

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First-Time Homeowner: Energy Audit

Being a firsttime homeowner is exciting, but it can also be overwhelming! Henges Insulation is here to help with tips for first-time homeowners.

First-Time Homeowner: Energy Audit

Every First-Time Homeowner Should Do an Energy Audit

According to New Home Source, every homeowner should consider conducting an energy audit on their new home. In doing so, you can save hundreds of dollars on your bills, help the environment by cutting back on energy consumption, or fix problems such as drafty rooms and lack of insulation.

What is an energy audit:

A KC home energy audit will help you determine how much energy your home is consuming and help you find the problem areas. A home energy audit is your first step in making your home more efficient, safer and more comfortable. An energy audit, also known as a home energy assessment, can help you find out how much energy your home uses and also evaluates the measures you should take to improve efficiency. Don’t forget, energy audits alone don’t save energy. You need to implement all the recommended improvements in order to save money! 

What does an energy audit include:

  • Blower Door Testing (which tests for air leaks, balancing of air distribution, duct leakage and air exchange)
  • CAZ Test (Combustion Appliance Zone)
  • Take Off (Thumb print of floor plan) with Efficiency Report
  • Complete Report & Recommendations for Improvement with best ROI (Return on Your Investment).

Call Henges Insulation to set up your KC energy audit! Henges’ experienced team is dedicated to providing you with superior customer service.

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Attic Insulation Can Make a Big Difference

Considering that about half of a household’s entire energy bill goes to heating and cooling, and attic insulation is relatively inexpensive, there’s little money to be lost and lots to be gained from insulating your attic. You’ll reduce heating and cooling bills, give your furnace and air conditioner a break, and improve the comfort in your home. For a free home insulation evaluation, call Henges Insulation today.

Attic Insulation

Attic Insulation Greatly Reduces Energy Bills

When we think of insulation, we usually associate it with keeping our home warm in the winter season, but insulation helps just as much in the summer months. Attics can reach sweltering temperatures of up to 150 degrees in the summertime. Having a hot attic and little insulation between it and the rest of your home means that, on a hot day this extreme heat can “leak” into your home through your ceilings.

The decision to insulate your home should never be a difficult one. Insulating your home can be done in the construction phase, the remodeling phase, or really anytime you want to increase your home’s energy efficiency.

If your home is older, it may not have any insulation in the attic. Or if you haven’t added to your insulation in years, it may be compressed and therefore less effective. Either way, you could be losing heating and cooling dollars every single day. Insulation works by trapping little pockets of air that then form an air barrier between the inside and outside temperatures. Because these pockets of air can’t move, they can’t travel through the insulation to transfer their heat. Over time, insulation settles, is introduced to moisture which weighs it down, and may even get walked on occasionally all of which presses these pockets of air out of the insulation making it less effective.

How effective insulating your home will be depends on the quality of the installation job. If the material used is high quality, but spots are missed during the job, the material will not be able to properly insulate the home as it should. 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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3 Reasons to Add Insulation to Your Home

Why you need insulation St. JosephPoor insulation can cause you a host of problems. It can leave your home too hot or too cold, and it can drastically affect the cost of your energy bills. And 90% of homes in the United States deal with these consequences every day because of under insulation.  Here are a few ways to tell if your Kansas City area home needs more insulation.

Your Energy Bills Are Expensive

If you have an efficient heating & cooling system and your windows are in good shape, your insulation is probably the reason for your high energy bills. If your home is poorly insulated, your HVAC system has to work harder to keep your home at a desired temperature. This is because a home that isn’t properly insulated allows heat to seep into your home in the summer and cold air in the winter.

Upstairs Rooms Are Significantly Warmer in the Summer

Another telltale sign your home needs more insulation is if the upper levels of your home experience more heat and humidity in the summer months. Temperature differences that are 10-15 degrees or more between your lower and upper floors are a sign of poor insulation. Inconsistent temperatures is another issue that can affect how hard your heating and cooling system has to work, which will cost you more money on your energy bills.

Freezing Pipes in the Winter Months

Frozen pipes in the winter shouldn’t be an issue if you have a properly insulated home. If you experience this problem you are probably lacking insulation in the walls of your home and maybe your attic. Don’t wait too long to fix the issue, or you could have a real mess on your hands that will cost you a lot more money than having insulation installed. If your frozen pipes burst you could be looking at a gutted home.

Henges Insulation can install insulation in you home whether you live in St. Joseph or Olathe, Overland Park or Lee’s Summit. Call us today for a free insulation estimate at 913-764-4600.

 

How To Prevent Frozen Pipes

Frozen pipes in the winter shouldn’t be an issue if you have a properly insulated home. If you experience this problem you are probably lacking insulation in the walls of your home and maybe your attic. Don’t wait too long to fix the issue, or you could have a real mess on your hands that will cost you a lot more money than having insulation installed. Here are the top 10 ways to prevent frozen pipes. 

How To Prevent Frozen Pipes

How To Prevent Frozen Pipes:

  1. Drain water from pipes that are likely to freeze. This includes your swimming pool and sprinkler water supply lines.
  2. Disconnect any hoses from the outside of your home, drain the hoses and store them in the garage. Make sure to close the indoor valves supplying these outdoor access points.
  3. Insulate the area around vents and light fixtures. This helps prevent heat from escaping into the attic.
  4. Seal any wall cracks. Be sure to pay careful attention to the areas around utility service lines.
  5. Open kitchen cabinets. This allows the warm air to circulate around the pipes.
  6. Keep the garage doors closed to protect water lines.
  7. Allow your faucets to drip cold water on the coldest days. The movement will make it harder for the water to freeze.
  8. Keep your thermostat at the same temperature day and night. Never let it fall below 55 degrees Fahrenheit when you leave your home.
  9. Ensure you have proper seals on all doors and windows.
  10. Place a 60-watt bulb in areas where you’re concerned about pipes freezing. Make sure there are no combustible materials near the bulb.

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We will be happy to talk to you further to help you decide which type of insulation is best for your Kansas City home. Our technicians are thoroughly trained, obtain regular re-certifications throughout their careers, and understand the complexity and importance of insulation. 

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Look At Your roof!

Kansas City forecast is for cold temperatures and snow for the next week. Look at your roof! If snow or frost is melting similar to these pictures, you will benefit with energy saving and improved comfort by having more insulation blown into your attic. Call the accredited experts at Henges Insulation for help. 

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Winter Tips: Part 1

Henges Insulation is helping you survive the winter! Here are some winter tips to help you save money during the cold weather.

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Tip #1: Get An Energy Audit

KC home energy audit will help you determine how much energy your home is consuming and help you find the problem areas.

A home energy audit is your first step in making your home more efficient, safer and more comfortable. An energy audit, also known as a home energy assessment, can help you find out how much energy your home uses and also evaluates the measures you should take to improve efficiency. Don’t forget, energy audits alone don’t save energy. You need to implement all the recommended improvements in order to save money! 

Tip #2: Set ceiling fans to the winter setting by making sure it rotates clockwise.

In the winter, your ceiling fans should rotate clockwise using a low speed to pull cool air up. This will create a gentle updraft that pushes warm air, which naturally rises to the ceiling, down along the walls and back to the floor.

Tip #3: Don’t forget about furnace maintenance

Furnace maintenance helps maintain your heating system’s energy efficiency. Regular maintenance can help make certain that your furnace operates at its top efficiency during winter, helping you save on your utilities.

Henges Insulation is dedicated to providing professional service to homeowners, builders and commercial contractors in the KC Metro and surrounding areas. We can help you save on energy costs, conserve energy, and make a valuable investment in your home.

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Get A Home Energy Audit

A home energy audit is your first step in making your home more efficient, safer and more comfortable. An audit can help you determine how much energy your home uses and also evaluates the measures you should take to improve efficiency.

Audits alone don’t save energy! You need to implement all the recommended improvements in order to reach maximum efficiency and comfort. 

Home Energy Audit Kansas City
Home Energy Audit In Kansas City

A home energy audit will use equipment such as blower doors, which measure the extent of leaks in the building envelope, and infrared cameras, which reveal hard to detect areas of air infiltration and missing insulation.

  • Blower Door Testing (which tests for air leaks, balancing of air distribution, duct leakage and air exchange)
  • CAZ Test (Combustion Appliance Zone)
  • Take Off (Thumb print of floor plan) with Efficiency Report
  • Complete Report & Recommendations for Improvement with best ROI (Return on Your Investment).

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.

We look forward to working with you!

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What Are People Saying About Henges

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

Henges Insulation & Fireplace Reviews

Check out what our customers are saying about us:

A HUGE shout-out to Steve! He came out today to look at our attic insulation and told us our house looked awesome (R-49!!)! We appreciate his honest opinion. He is a man of integrity.  Thanks Steve!

We remodeled and added to an existing older home. Henges worked closely with us while we explored several insulation options for the new and existing areas in our home. Provided a competitive bid, and completed the work quickly and accurately.

This is a great company with well trained and professional people.

Professional attitudes and competitive pricing!

 

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Smart Phone Apps To Save Energy

Need more ideas on how to conserve energy? Service Champions suggests using your smartphone to manage your home energy consumption. Read on for a quick glance at our favorites. 


1. Kill-Ur-Watts

This free app pulls stats from utility providers to show your electricity consumption over time. This app will give you pointers for reducing your carbon footprint, as well as comparisons with other homeowners.

2. Wiser EMS

The Wiser Energy Management System is a free app that puts your energy usage data into a user-friendly format.

3. Ecobee Smart Thermostat

This easy app displays the same interface as the thermostat screen for user-friendly navigation. Use this remotely to view your home’s energy use in the form of charted reports, change temperature settings, and save schedules according to your daily routines.

4. Light Bulb Finder

This free app will give you information about the light bulbs you use in your home and suggests energy-efficient alternatives. This very user-friendly app will also suggests where to buy them.

Henges Insulation is dedicated to providing professional service to homeowners, builders and commercial contractors in the KC Metro and surrounding areas. We can help you save on energy costs, conserve energy, and make a valuable investment in your home.