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First-Time Homeowner: Maintenance Checklist

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

Maintenance Checklist For First-Time Homeowners

When you buy your first house it can be very stressful to think of all the maintenance you will need to do. Having a good maintenance checklist can help relieve the stress and anxiety that many homeowners feel.  Many household issues can be avoided with some simple preventative measures.

Here are four articles that should help you get started:

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First-Time Homeowner: Insulation 101

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

First-Time Homeowner: Insulation Facts

First-Time Homeowner: Insulation Facts

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.

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. It is 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.

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 field technicians are thoroughly trained, obtain regular re-certifications throughout their careers, and understand the complexity and importance of insulation.

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First-Time Homeowner: Energy Audit

Being a firsttime homeowner is exciting, but it can also be overwhelming! Henges Insulation & Fireplaces 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 & Fireplaces to set up your KC energy audit! Henges’ experienced team is dedicated to providing you with superior customer service.

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Super Bowl Sunday & Henges Insulation

Even on Super Bowl Sunday, you say you need it, we’re going to get it done! Go Chiefs!!!

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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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PREPARE FOR A WINTER STORM

This weekend a winter storm is predicted to hit Kansas City. Right now is the time to check to see if you are prepared for the worst.

How To Prepare For A Winter Storm:

  • Have at least a 3-day supply of food and water for your family and a 3-day supply of medications.
  • Have flashlights with fresh batteries, don’t forget backup batteries.
  • Get a weather radio.
  • Have your fireplace cleaned and inspected and stock-up on wood.
  • Make sure you have carbon monoxide detectors and smoke detectors and test them. Also, have a fire extinguisher!
  • Insulate your water pipes.
  • Have coolers on hand if the power goes out and freeze ice packs ahead of time.
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Winter Tips: Blinds and Drapes

Henges Insulation & Fireplaces is helping you prepare for winter! We will be sharing tips this season to help you get your house ready for the cold weather.

Tip #7: Blinds and Drapes

Open blinds and drapes during the day to soak up sunshine, and close them at night and on gloomy days to keep out the cold. An easy way to prevent heat loss is to close your drapes and blinds in the evening. They provide an extra barrier for heat loss and add insulation.

Read more winter tips.

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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Winter Tips: Clean Your Fireplace

Henges Insulation & Fireplaces is helping you prepare for winter! We will be sharing tips this season to help you get your house ready for the cold weather.

Tip #6: Clean Your Fireplace

Cleaning your fireplace is not only a matter of aesthetics. It’s also a matter of fire safety. Be sure to take all the necessary precautions to protect yourself from inhaling any soot or debris from the fireplace, too, as it is harmful to your health.

How To Clean A Fireplace:

Read more winter tips.

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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Winter Tip: Insulate Your Water Heater

Henges Insulation & Fireplaces is helping you prepare for winter! We will be sharing tips this season to help you get your house ready for the cold weather.

Tip #5: Insulate Your Water Heater

This is an easy and inexpensive way to improve energy efficiency. Covering a typical water heater can save you up to 17% on your energy bills!

Read more winter tips.

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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Winter Tips: Get An Energy Audit

Henges Insulation & Fireplaces is helping you prepare for winter! We will be sharing tips this season to help you get your house ready for the cold weather.


Tip #4: Get 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! 

Read more winter tips.

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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