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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.

Attic insulation

* 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 & 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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Introducing the Majestic Echelon

At 50”, the Majestic Echelon is the largest see through fireplace on the market. Says Dave Campbell, Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing at MHSC, “The Echelon gives you the opportunity to add contemporary style and warmth to two rooms at the same time – including outdoor spaces.”

Monessen Hearth, a leading purveyor of direct vent, natural vent, vent-free, wood-burning and electric fireplaces, inserts and stoves, announced earlier this month the release of the first wide view, see-through fireplace that can be installed between an interior and exterior room. How neat is that? The unit can also be installed between interior walls.

“With its highly modern style and leading-edge technology, the Echelon fits perfectly into any modern décor. With a BTU range of 23,000 to 34,000 and standard Signature Command™ System remote control, the new Echelon from Majestic has turned up the heat on contemporary fireplace design,” he says.

Check in with Henges Insulation for more information on the Majestic!

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Downtown KC Urban Living Tour

Whether you’re looking to downsize, pare down on lawn and house maintenance or simply have the itch for urban living, the Downtown KC Urban Living Tour this weekend, where you can catch a ride on a chartered bus to 30 locations, is for you.

Now in its 10th year, let the tour jumpstart your decision. See details below!

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Before you Tackle that Remodeling Job, Do your Research

Last week, we posted about why homeowners need to hire a National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) certified contractors or remodelers when tackling remodeling projects, and based on an article we’ve found an article in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that details just why it’s so necessary.

“The home improvement industry is going to be one of the leaders in the economic recovery as people are fixing what needs to be fixed or getting their homes shined up to compete in the market,” said Fred Elsberry, president of the BBB’s region covering metro Atlanta. “Any time there is a potential growth industry, people come in who are less than stellar.”

As the article notes, “While all remodeling jobs are a pain, homeowners who do their research and follow sound advice stand a better chance of being satisfied once the pounding and paint fumes are gone.”

To learn more about few the basics, check out “Do the Research for Home Projects“.

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Why Use a NARI Contractor or Remodeler?

The best case for using NARI remodelers is seeing what can happen when you don’t. The Kansas City NARI chapter has a great overview video that demonstrates why finding a trustworthy, reliable contractor is so important.

Selecting a Kansas City NARI contractor gives you peace of mind because you know the remodeling professional working in your home has the desire to be above the competition by completing the many steps required to join this organization. To join NARI, a remodeler must be in business for more than one year, fill out a three-page application listing client and trade references, agree to follow the organization’s established code of ethics and show proof of insurance. The defined purpose of Kansas City NARI is to promote professionalism and education in the remodeling industry; employing a remodeler who supports that purpose shows you are working with the very best.

Find out why hiring a NARI professional is a must here.

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How Spray-Foam Insulation Saves you Money

A poorly insulated home hits homeowners where it hurts the most–their wallets. And, dollar for dollar, according to SprayFoam.com, “with its energy efficient R-value, green value, effectiveness and installation ease, spray foam insulation is a money-saving home improvement that will pay for itself season after season and year after year, simply by reducing energy bills. You may even qualify for an energy tax credit that could save you additional money.”

As we’ve reported on this blog earlier this month, Henges Insulation is now carrying Spray Foam insulation. “When you couple new insulation with additional energy efficient measures, such as sealing gaps in windows and doors and switching to energy-efficient heating and cooling mechanisms, the savings can really add up.” Make sure you’re not throwing away good money by clicking here.

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Build Green Kansas City

Are you familiar with Build Green Kansas City? A program out of the Home Builders Association of Greater Kansas City, it’s devoted to bringing green to the mainstream for all local homebuilders and remodelers.

The HBA has established a Build Green Council for industry professionals members with an interest in sustainable building practices and providing consumers with new homes that help protect the environment.

Membership in the council is open to anyone with an interest in green building. Membership for HBA members is just $100 per year. Click here for more information on Built Green Kansas City and to learn why going green should be part of your business plan.

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Our GM just became the 2010 BIBCA President

Henges Insulation & Fireplaces is a Certified Gold Installer of BIBS

We are proud to announce that our general manager, Greg Kudrna, is the 2010 Blow-In-Blanket Contractors Association (BIBCA) President! BIBCA is an association of insulation contractors from across the U.S. that promotes a blow-in-blanket system (BIBS) as the most value-added premium insulation system and supports BIBCA members as they grow their businesses.

“I feel proud to be a part of an organization devoted to raising the bar regarding construction and thermal efficiency,” said Kudrna. He was chosen by peers on the board, voted-in and will be introduced and recognized at the upcoming BIBCA Convention.

Henges Insulation & Fireplaces has been a BIBS Certified dealer for four years. Kudrna strongly recommends trained and monitored technicians to assure quality assurance during every BIBS installation. “Most spray-applied systems meet today’s standard of proper insulation techniques, but BIBS has one of the highest performance values on the market when combined with good service,” said Kudrna.

Kudrna looks forward to leading BIBS dealers in 2010. The BIBCA convention will be at Red Rock Casino, Resort & Spa in Las Vegas, February 4-6, for all BIBS dealers and their families. For details about the conference, visit www.bibca.org.

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