Energy News & Tips

Frost And Snow On Your Roof

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

What Can You Learn From Snow On Your Roof?

  • Examine your roof and compare it to your neighbors. 
  • If your roofing is asphalt shingles, the frost and snow should stay for a long time 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. 

Henges Insulation & Fireplaces is dedicated to providing professional service to homeowners, builders and commercial contractors in the KC Metro and surrounding areas. We assist with choosing the proper insulation or finding the fireplace that fits your lifestyle. Our certified professionals then install your product at a fair price. We can help you save on energy costs, conserve energy, and make a valuable investment in your home.

 

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Electric Fireplaces

Electric fireplaces have become very popular! One of the biggest benefits is the ability to move the fireplace anywhere in your home.

Electric Fireplaces

How do Electric Fireplaces Heat

  • An electric fireplace utilizes metal coils to create heat.
  • A blower motor forces the heat in to the open.
  • Since only the coils are heated, there is no danger of getting burned
  • Be careful to not have upholstered furniture or drapery too close to an electric fireplace

How They Create Flames

  • Most electric fireplaces have a realistic looking flame with a regular light bulbs and refracting the light. Once the light is refracted, it creates the illusion of a dancing flame.

Whole Units vs Inserts

  • Electric fireplaces can be purchased as a stand alone unit.
  • Your electric fireplace can be plugged in to any standard electrical outlet.
  • If you already have a fireplace, you can purchase electric inserts to use instead of building a real wood burning fire. The insert works the same as the whole unit. It simply needs to be placed in the firebox of the existing fireplace.

Read more on doityourself.com.

At Henges Insulation & Fireplaces we carry a large variety of fireplaces (direct vent, B-vent, wood burning, outdoor and electric) and wood burning stoves to suit any building or home. 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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Mantel Ideas For Christmas

Do you need some mantel ideas for Christmas? Check out this article for some easy ideas to decorate your fireplace for the holidays!

Mantel Ideas For Christmas

DECORATE ABOVE THE MANTEL

Try adding a wreath that’s pre-lit to the space above the mantel. If there’s a mirror in that space, try hanging the wreath on the front of it for a more layered look.

ADD GARLAND

The quickest way to add some holiday cheer is to use some garland (use fresh garland or faux). You can add faux berries, pine cones or mini ornaments. Add the finishing touch with some lights!

ADD STOCKINGS

Add the stockings to complete your festive look. Don’t forget to add stocking holders, which also double as decorative elements. If you don’t want to hang stocking try hanging a banner!

At Henges Insulation & Fireplaces, 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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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 & Fireplaces, 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 and Fireplaces, 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 & Fireplaces, 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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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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Halloween Mantel Ideas

Whether you have started using your fireplace this year or not, you can turn it into a stylish space for Halloween. Decorate your fireplace for Halloween from the inside out to make a festive scene. Try these ideas for making your fireplace shine:

Halloween Mantel Ideas

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Dress up your fireplace mantel with spooky seasonal accessories, natural items and candles as seen on Casa Sugar design blog.

Stuff the fireplace full of crafty pumpkins as seen in Good Housekeeping.

Get some inspiration from one of the 100 Halloween mantels featured on Prudent Penny Pincher

Or, just let it burn to create a beautiful glow!

Be sure your fireplace is ready for cold weather, and contact Henges Insulation & Fireplaces in Kansas City.

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4 Insulation Facts

Here are 4 Insulation Facts that you need to know! Did you know that about half of the energy we use to heat or cool our homes would leak out without insulation? A poorly insulated home hits homeowners where it hurts the most–their wallets!

Insulation Facts

Insulation Will Pay for Itself 

  • A common excuse people make to avoid adding insulation to their homes is that it is too expensive. In fact, if you want to save money, you should add insulation. When you add insulation to the walls and attic in your house, the expense will pay for itself many times over in reduced heating and cooling costs in subsequent years.

Insulation Helps In The Summer

  • You may be thinking insulation isn’t something to worry about in the warmer months, but insulation does more than keep your home warm in the winter. Insulation also keeps in the cool air, as well as keeps out the sweltering heat.

Insulation Can Help the Environment

  • If the insulation in your home is poor, it is putting extra strain on all the systems and appliances in your home, making them work harder to do their job. This means your home is using more energy than it needs, increasing your carbon footprint. An energy audit can pinpoint the source of your energy issues so that you can reduce the amount of energy your home uses, which not only helps you, but the environment as well.

Call A Professional

  • 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 and Fireplaces provide high quality work on every job. When you are in need of insulation or fireplace services in Kansas City, MO, give us a call here at Henges Insulation and Fireplaces. 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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Fireplace Safety Tips

Fireplace Safety Tips

Here are some helpful Fireplace Safety Tips from HealthyChildren.org

  • If possible, keep a window cracked open while the fire is burning.
  • Be certain the damper or flue is open before starting a fire. Keeping the damper or flue open until the fire is out will draw smoke out of the house. The damper can be checked by looking up into the chimney with a flashlight or mirror. Do not close the damper until the embers have completely stopped burning.
  • Use dry and well-aged wood. Wet or green wood causes more smoke and contributes to soot buildup in the chimney. Dried wood burns with less smoke and burns more evenly
  • Smaller pieces of wood placed on a grate burn faster and produce less smoke.
  • Clean out ashes from previous fires. Levels of ash at the base of the fireplace should be kept to 1 inch or less because a thicker layer restricts the air supply to logs, resulting in more smoke.
  • The chimney should be checked annually by a professional. Even if the chimney is not due for cleaning, it is important to check for animal nests or other blockages that could prevent smoke from escaping.
  • Make sure the area around the fireplace is clear of anything that is potentially flammable (ie: furniture, drapes, newspapers, books, etc.). If these items get too close to the fireplace, they could catch fire.
  • Never leave a fire in the fireplace unattended. Make sure it is completely out before going to bed or leaving the house. If you leave the room while the fire is burning or the fireplace is still hot, take your small child with you.
  • Minimize your child’s chance of burns from the hot glass front of some fireplaces. Safety screens can be installed to reduce the risk of burns.
  • Put fireplace tools and accessories out of a young child’s reach. Also, remove any lighters and matches.
  • Install both smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Test them monthly and change the batteries at least once a year.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher on hand.

Henges Insulation & Fireplaces has a comprehensive team of trained professionals with years of critical, hands-on experience.  Our team has undergone extensive training and regular re-certifications and will work with you to get the job done right.

At Henges Insulation & Fireplaces, 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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