Category Archives: Insulation Facts & Advice

A Small Investment in 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. 

 Attic Insulation Can Make a Big Difference

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.

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. For a free home insulation evaluation, call Henges Insulation today.

 

 

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Live With Hearthside Homes of Kansas City

Today we are learning all about insulation with Hearthside Homes of Kansas City. Join us as Keith shows us around.

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What Does Your Front Door Have To Do With Saving You Money?

Lowering your energy bill can start at your front door! Doors and windows are a great starting point to help make your home more energy-efficient.

What Does Your Front Door Have To Do With Saving You Money?

Here are some tips from Desert News to help:

  • Wood is the most beautiful, but it is also the least energy efficient.
  • Insulated doors have a core of foam insulation, which increases thermal resistance.
  • Any glass within the door frame should also be insulated, meaning two panes of glass at a minimum. 
  • Proper weatherstripping is critical to keeping air from leaking.
  • Vinyl weatherstripping, which is slightly more expensive, will hold up well to traffic and resists moisture

At Henges Insulation & Fireplaces, we know that your home is an important investment. We also recognize your desire to decrease your overall home-ownership costs. We will work with you to find the best insulation for your home. We will carefully and thoroughly install quality insulation that will increase the value of your investment and lower your home-ownership costs. 

 

 

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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 & 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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Benefits Of Insulation

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.

Benefits Of Insulation

Benefits Of Insulation:

  1.  Reduces energy costs
  2.  Prevents moisture condensation
  3.  Reduces capacity and size of new mechanical equipment
  4.  Enhances process performance
  5.  Reduces emissions of pollutants
  6.  Safety and protection of personnel
  7.  Acoustical performance: reduces noise levels
  8.  Maximizes return on investment (ROI)
  9.  Improves Appearance
  10.  Fire Protection
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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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Adding Insulation to an Existing Home

Adding insulation to an existing home or structure can most often increase energy efficiency and reduce utility bills. In older homes it’s a given, since most were built with less insulation than builders use today. Even in newer homes, additional insulation can usually pay itself off in energy savings within a few years.

Adding Insulation to an Existing Home

Adding Insulation to an Existing Home:

First, you need to find out how much insulation you already have in your home and where. A qualified home energy auditor, such as Greg Kudrna at Henges Insulation & Fireplaces, can check your insulation. In newer houses, you may be able to find out what insulation was installed from the builder. In older houses, you’ll need to request an energy audit or if you prefer to do it yourself, follow these helpful tips from the U.S. Department of Energy:

  • Check the attic, walls and floors adjacent to an unheated space, like a garage or basement. The structural elements are usually exposed in these areas, which makes it easy to see what type of insulation you have and to measure its depth or thickness (inches).
  • Inspect the exterior walls using an electrical outlet:
    1. Turn off the power to the outlet.
    2. Remove the outlet cover and shine a flashlight into the crack around the outlet box. You should be able to see if there is insulation in the wall and possibly how thick it is.
    3. Pull out a small amount of insulation if needed to help determine the type of insulation.
    4. Check outlets on the first and upper floors, if any, and in old and new parts of a house. Just because you find insulation in one wall doesn’t mean that it’s everywhere in the house.
  • Inspect and measure the thickness (inches) of any insulation in unfinished basement ceilings and walls, or above crawl spaces. If the crawl space isn’t ventilated, it may have insulation in the perimeter wall. If your house is relatively new, it may have been built with insulation outside the basement or foundation walls. If so, the insulation in these spaces won’t be visible. The builder or the original homeowner might be able to tell you if exterior insulation was used.
  • Once you’ve determined the type of insulation you have in these areas and its thickness (inches), see the U.S. Department of Energy’s online Insulation Fact Sheet for how to determine the R-values of insulation previously installed in your home.

If you have any questions, please give us a call at 913-764-4600. If you would like us to install your additional insulation, we’d be happy to come out and do a thorough inspection for 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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Insulation Benefits

The benefits are endless with certified home insulation! Check out this infographic to see all the ways you can benefit.

Insulation Benefits

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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What Is R-Value And Why Does It Matter?

When choosing insulation, you need to determine the overall R-value of the insulation you need for your home.  What is R-Value and why does it matter?

What Is R-Value

What is R-Value:

  • Measure of thermal resistance or the ability to prevent the transfer of heat
  • The larger the number, the harder that insulation is working at preventing heat conduction
  • The less heat loss, the lower your energy bills

How much R-Value should you have:

  • Walls should be R-19 
  • Roofs should be R-30 or R-40

Learn more at HGTV.com. 

Call Henges Insulation & Fireplaces today to add insulation that can up the R-Value in your home!

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