Category Archives: Insulation Kansas City

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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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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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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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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Adding Insulation

Adding insulation to an existing home can increase energy efficiency and reduce utility bills. First, you need to find out how much insulation you already have in your home and where.  A qualified home energy auditor, like Henges Insulation & Fireplaces, can check your insulation.

Adding 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:

  • Inspect the attic, walls and floors adjacent to an unheated space, like a garage or basement.  See what type of insulation you have and measure its thickness.
  • Check the exterior walls using an electrical outlet:
    • Turn off the power to the outlet.
    • Remove the outlet cover and inspect the cracks to see if there is insulation.
    • Remove some of the insulation to help determine the type.
  • Tip – Just because you find insulation in one wall doesn’t mean that it’s everywhere in the house.
  • Check and measure the thickness of any insulation in unfinished basement ceilings and walls, or above crawl spaces.
  • Once you’ve determined the type of insulation you have in these areas and its thickness, check out the U.S. Department of Energy to determine the R-values of insulation previously installed in your home.

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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What We Do

At Henges, we are dedicated to helping you find the fireplace or insulation best for your situation. Whether you are a homeowner, builder or commercial contractor, we will help you understand the products we have to offer and arrange the installation or service at your convenience.

Henges Insulation & Fireplaces

Henges Insulation & Fireplaces is part of the strong, privately-owned team of Jay Henges Enterprises Inc. in St Louis, Missouri. A successful and diversified building specialty contractor, Jay Henges Enterprises began to expand its services to the Kansas City area in the early 1940s. We have remained privately-owned and continue to operate independently to serve customers in Kansas City and the surrounding areas. Henges has continued to grow and build our relationships in the area for the past eight decades.

Kansas City Fireplace Installation & Repair

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.

Our field technicians not only install fireplaces, they have the knowledge and experience to diagnose and perform fireplace repairs and tune-ups on nearly any unit.

Kansas City Insulation Services

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. We work with builders, commercial contractors and homeowners throughout the metro Kansas City area. 

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We are members of the Better Business Bureau, the National Association of the Remodeling Industry and Angie’s List.

Some of our credentials include:

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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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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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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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