Energy News & Tips

Direct Vent Fireplaces

At Henges Insulation & Fireplaces we carry a large variety of fireplaces (direct vent, B-vent, wood burning, outdoor and electric).

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Direct vent fireplaces are one of Henges Insulation & Fireplaces’ most popular fireplace models, and it’s easy to see why. A direct vent fireplace burns so efficiently that it can be vented directly out a wall rather than through a traditional chimney and vent system.

With authentic-looking gas log fires, many homeowners are taking advantage of the convenience of a direct vent fireplace, while enjoying the ambiance of a traditional wood-burning fire too.

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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KC Fireplace Repair

In addition to being a home insulation company, we also excel in fireplace repair. Our experience includes everything from gas fireplace repair to free-standing heat sources such as wood and coal stoves. For home insulation and fireplace repair in Kansas City, Henges Insulation & Fireplaces is the company to call.

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To prevent dangerous home fires or carbon monoxide deaths in buildings, you need expert fireplace repair from our qualified technicians. As fuel burns inside a fireplace’s firebox, the ashes float up leaving particles and soot that create a layer of flammable creosote. We use specialized tools such as long handled brushes and heavy-duty vacuums to scrape creosote layers from the interior of chimneys.  At the same time, we can replace broken parts inside the devices to ensure your home passes local safety codes. A yearly fireplace inspection by knowledgeable technicians is recommenced to inspect the device’s firebox and chimney for buildup of debris that can block dangerous smoke. In addition to indoor fireplace repair in Kansas City, we climb on a building’s rooftop to inspect for damage on exterior surfaces that can block deadly carbon monoxide emissions.

Our main goal is to make sure that you are satisfied with your fireplace. We will do everything that we can to give you the best service possible. We not only want you to use our company again, but we also want you to refer your family members and friends to our company.

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What Are Fireplace Inserts?

Installing a fireplace insert is a great way to upgrade your heating system to be more energy efficient. Fireplace inserts are heating appliances that fit inside old fireplaces and can help you get more use out of an existing fireplace without remodeling. 

A gas-burning fireplace insert easily can turn your old wood-burning fireplace into a lean gas-burning machine. Hooked on wood-burning? Vermont Castings makes inserts that can turn an old open fireplace into an energy-efficient wood-burning stove.

When buying a fireplace insert make sure the fireplace insert is certified. Don’t forget to get your fireplace insert professionally installed to ensure safety.

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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Fireplace Repair In Kansas City

In addition to being a home insulation company in Kansas City, we also excel in fireplace repair. Our experience includes everything from gas fireplace repair to free-standing heat sources such as wood and coal stoves. For home insulation and fireplace repair in Kansas City, Henges Insulation & Fireplaces is the company to call.

 Fireplace Repair In Kansas City

Fireplace Repair In Kansas City

To prevent dangerous home fires or carbon monoxide deaths in buildings, you need expert fireplace repair from our qualified technicians. As fuel burns inside a fireplace’s firebox, the ashes float up leaving particles and soot that create a layer of flammable creosote. We use specialized tools such as long handled brushes and heavy-duty vacuums to scrape creosote layers from the interior of chimneys.  At the same time, we can replace broken parts inside the devices to ensure your home passes local safety codes. In addition to indoor fireplace repair in Kansas City, we climb on a building’s rooftop to inspect for damage on exterior surfaces that can block deadly carbon monoxide emissions.

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. 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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Certifications And Associations

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.

Henges Insulation & Fireplaces in Olathe, Kansas

We are members of the Better Business Bureau and the National Association of the Remodeling Industry.

Some of our credentials include:

If there is anything we can help you with, please contact us at 913-764-4600 or complete a contact form. We look forward to working with you!

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Outdoor Kitchen Ideas

We have some awesome outdoor kitchen ideas for you! Use our Outdoor Kitchen Kits to create your perfect entertainment space and stay on budget.

Outdoor Kitchen Ideas

The Palmetto outdoor kitchen offers a simple but functional package. This is a great value for any budget! This design comes with an AOG 36″ L series grill with interior halogen lights, double access doors, a 20″ AOG refrigerator, an Africa Persa polished granite countertop with eased edge and Timber Ledge Texas Cream stone.

prefabricated outdoor kitchen kit

The Lindsay is an 11′ prefabricated outdoor kitchen kit for the serious griller who loves the flavor of charcoal paired with the convenience of gas. This kitchen comes with a Fire Magic Echelon analog 30″ grill!

prefab outdoor kitchen kit

Need something bigger? Check out the Hawthorne!  This massive outdoor kitchen comes with a Fire Magic Auora digital 30″ grill, double access doors, triple drawers, a trash drawer, a 24″ TRUE refrigerator and Timber Ledge stone.

prefabricated outdoor kitchen

Want lots of storage? Try the Largo kitchen design and get a Fire Magic Echelon analog 30″ grill, double access doors, triple drawers and a trash drawer.

Need more outdoor kitchen ideas? Check out all our Outdoor Kitchen Kits to help you find just the right design.

 

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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 & 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.

 

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 & Fireplaces, 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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Control Humidity and Save Energy

High humidity can make a hot day feel 10 degrees warmer, and rainy weather increases that sticky feeling, a common problem during Kansas City summers. Air-conditioning helps regulate humidity, but you may be working it harder and more often than you need to if it’s too humid inside your home, causing power bills to spike.

Control Humidity

The Weather Channel says homes with humidity problems may have:

  • window condensation
  • mold
  • allergens
  • bugs
  • poor ventilation

Is your home too humid? If humidity is a problem, try a dehumidifier and better ventilation in rooms that generate a lot of moisture, such as the bathroom and kitchen. Another easy solution is to hang a bundle of writing chalk in problem areas to absorb excess moisture.

Keeping humidity under control can make your home feel more comfortable during hot weather, eliminating the urge to crank down the air and giving your wallet some relief. In fact, for every degree you raise the thermostat, you can expect to cut energy consumption by 3-5%, according to Kansas City Power & Light, resulting in a lower power bill. The most energy-efficient (and cost-saving) setting for cooling in the summer is 78-80 degrees, and ceiling fans and box fans can be use to help circulate the air.

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Keep Your Home Cool This Summer

Here are some ways to beat the heat this summer, with a few key improvements that will not only improve the efficiency of your home but also save money and energy from Tom Kraeutler.

Attic insulation

* Adding attic insulation isn’t something you might think to do in summer, but doing so can help keep hot attic air out of your house as well as save energy year-round.

* Seal all duct seams to keep that hard-earned cool air from escaping into dead ends. As much as 20% of circulating air is lost to leaks and faulty connections.

* Now’s the time to get your central air conditioning system serviced for optimum summertime efficiency. Even if it seems to cool well, low-refrigerant levels may mean it needs to run longer to do the same job cooling your house, which raises cooling costs significantly. After servicing, help your AC system keep up the cool by changing filters at least once a month.

* Use a programmable thermostat to sync home comfort with your household’s summer routines. Set it for a higher temperature when you’re away from the house, and program the cooling to begin about an hour before you’re due to arrive home.

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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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