Category Archives: Insulation Facts & Advice

Roof And Loft Insulation

Did you know that a quarter of heat is lost through the roof in an uninsulated home? By insulating your loft, attic or flat roof you can reduce heat loss and reduce your heating bills.

Check out this article from Energy Saving Trust for things to consider when installing loft insulation.

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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Warehouse Insulation Project

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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.

Call 913-764-4600

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Is Your Home Properly Insulated?

Most homes have some amount of insulation built into them, but there are many places that may have been forgotten. Making sure your home is properly insulated will help prevent heat-loss in the winter and keep your home cool in the summer. Plus, it will help you save money on energy costs and is better for the environment.

 

Properly Insulated

Here are several areas to check for proper insulation:

  • attic
  • basement
  • crawl space
  • exterior walls

In addition, you may want to insulate interior walls, ceilings, and floors for soundproofing and extra energy savings. 

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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.

Call 913-764-4600

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Get A Jump On The Summer Heat

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Attic Insulation:

Get a jump on the summer heat before peak season! Get a free estimate on attic insulation and a $50 gift card for all projects over $500! Call today ☎️ (913) 764-4600!! 

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First-Time Homeowner: Insulation 101

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: 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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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 is dedicated to providing professional service to homeowners, builders and commercial contractors in the KC Metro and surrounding areas. 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, 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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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 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.

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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.

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* 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.

Read more tips here

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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