Energy News & Tips

Winter Tips: Furnace Maintenance

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 #2: 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.

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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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Winter Tips: Get A Fireplace Inspection

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 #1: Keep your fireplaces clean and in good working condition for optimal performance. 

A yearly fireplace inspection by knowledgeable technicians is recommended to inspect the device’s firebox and chimney for buildup of debris that can block dangerous smoke.

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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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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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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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.

 

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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Fireplace Inspection

A yearly fireplace inspection by knowledgeable technicians is recommended to inspect the device’s firebox and chimney for buildup of debris that can block dangerous smoke. Our fireplace services include Valve Parts & Repairs, Pilot Light Parts & Repairs, Thermo Couples, Chimney Cleaning, Chimney Inspection and much more in the Kansas City Area.

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Fireplace Inspection & Services Include:

  • Valve Parts & Repairs
  • Pilot Light Parts & Repairs
  • Thermo Couples
  • Chimney Cleaning
  • Chimney Inspection
  • Chimney Sweeps
  • Chimney Relines
  • Troubleshooting
  • Burn Problems
  • All Service & Maintenance

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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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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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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Fall Mantel Decor Ideas

Is your mantel ready for fall? Celebrate the change of season by giving your fireplace a seasonal makeover with these fall mantel decor ideas!

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Head over to our Pinterest page and checkout all these creative and festive ideas that will help get you in the mood for fall. 

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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