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First-Time Homeowner: Energy Audit

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: Energy Audit

Every First-Time Homeowner Should Do an Energy Audit

According to New Home Source, every homeowner should consider conducting an energy audit on their new home. In doing so, you can save hundreds of dollars on your bills, help the environment by cutting back on energy consumption, or fix problems such as drafty rooms and lack of insulation.

What is an energy audit:

A KC home energy audit will help you determine how much energy your home is consuming and help you find the problem areas. A home energy audit is your first step in making your home more efficient, safer and more comfortable. An energy audit, also known as a home energy assessment, can help you find out how much energy your home uses and also evaluates the measures you should take to improve efficiency. Don’t forget, energy audits alone don’t save energy. You need to implement all the recommended improvements in order to save money! 

What does an energy audit include:

  • Blower Door Testing (which tests for air leaks, balancing of air distribution, duct leakage and air exchange)
  • CAZ Test (Combustion Appliance Zone)
  • Take Off (Thumb print of floor plan) with Efficiency Report
  • Complete Report & Recommendations for Improvement with best ROI (Return on Your Investment).

Call Henges Insulation to set up your KC energy audit! Henges’ experienced team is dedicated to providing you with superior customer service.

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What Is An Energy Audit?

What is an energy audit and do I need one? A KC home energy audit will help you determine how much energy your home is consuming and help you find the problem areas.
What is an energy audit

What is an energy audit:

A home energy audit is your first step in making your home more efficient, safer and more comfortable. An energy audit, also known as a home energy assessment, can help you find out how much energy your home uses and also evaluates the measures you should take to improve efficiency. Don’t forget, energy audits alone don’t save energy. You need to implement all the recommended improvements in order to save money! 

What does an energy audit include:

  • Blower Door Testing (which tests for air leaks, balancing of air distribution, duct leakage and air exchange)
  • CAZ Test (Combustion Appliance Zone)
  • Take Off (Thumb print of floor plan) with Efficiency Report
  • Complete Report & Recommendations for Improvement with best ROI (Return on Your Investment).

Call Henges Insulation to set up your KC energy audit! Henges’ experienced team is dedicated to providing you with superior customer service. 

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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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Top 3 Reasons To Call Henges Insulation

Henges Insulation in Olathe, Kansas, is a leading contractor in the insulation industry in the Kansas City area. Our mission is to make sure that you are satisfied. We will do everything that we can to give you the best service possible. We not only want you to use our company again, but we also want you to refer your family members and friends to our company. 

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Professional Staff

  • Our goal is to provide the best field technicians and educated consultants who work together to serve all of our customers’ insulation and fireplace needs in the Kansas City area.  All of our installers are trained professionals who take great pride in their work, ensuring a high quality product installed to every customer’s complete satisfaction. Each and every one of our technicians has gone through extensive training, which means they know what needs to be done to handle your commercial or residential projects like home insulation, attic insulation or wall insulation. We even have award winning technicians! Norris Allen from Henges Insulation won the title of “America’s Best Insulation Installer” for 2016 on Saturday, Nov. 12 in Denver. Allen took home the $10,000 grand prize!

Superior Customer Service

  • Many of our customers in the Kansas City area have hired us more than once. This is our greatest compliment. Repeat business is very important to us because it tells us that we are delivering a satisfying customer experience. We believe that our commitment to excellent service is one of the main reasons that our company has been able to stay in business for over eight decades.  You can count on Henges to get the job done right!

Experience Matters

  • We have provided high-quality products and services to builders, remodelers, designers, architects and homeowners since 1932. Henges Insulation 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.

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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What to Expect During Your KC Home Energy Audit

Are you tired of high energy bills? If the answer is yes, you should schedule an energy audit for your Kansas City area home. A KC home energy audit will not only help you determine how much energy your home is consuming, but it can help you address the problem areas, and save you a lot of money on your monthly bills.

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Here’s what to expect when you hire Henges Insulation for an energy audit:

Thorough Examination & Testing

When you call Henges for a KC home energy audit consultation, our trained technicians will come to your home to perform a detailed examination of the efficiency of your home’s insulation. Our process covers four different areas that encompass an ideally insulated home. We look at the energy efficiency of your home, how safe it is, the durability of your home, and how comfortable your home is. We start with Blower Door Testing, which tests for air leaks, balancing of air distribution, duct leakage and air exchange. We also perform a CAZ test, or a Combustion Appliance Zone test. This is a health and safety diagnosis to ensure that fuels and combustion gases aren’t leaking into your home. It checks for things like carbon monoxide and leaking fuel lines, among other things.

Honest Report & Trustworthy Recommendations

After we finish our examinations and testing, we give you a thumb print floor plan of your home that shows where we found problems and what those problems are. We also give you a comprehensive efficiency report that gives you the hard numbers and statistics. Along with that, we write up our professional recommendations for improvement that will give you the best return on your investment. Our final report and recommendations are always fair and honest, keeping your best interests in mind.

 

To start saving money on your energy bills, call Henges Insulation today for a home energy audit, at 913-764-4600. We want to be your total home resource.

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3 Reasons to Schedule an Energy Audit Right Now

Now is a perfect time to have an energy audit performed on your home. Don’t wait until the middle of the summer when your energy bills are through the roof, and we mean literally.
Kansas City Energy Audits

You may be thinking insulation isn’t something to worry about in the warmer months, but insulation does more than keep your home warm in the winter. Insulation also keeps in the cool air, as well as keeps out the sweltering heat. Here are three reasons to call Henges Insulation to your Kansas City area home today.

Poor Insulation Means Higher Energy Bills

An energy audit can uncover any issues you might have with your insulation, including leaks. Poor insulation in the summer can cost you a lot. Weak spots in insulation can let in sweltering heat, making the temperature in your home rise, and causing your air conditioner to have to work even harder to keep your home at a steady temperature. So you’ll not only feel the problem, but see it in your higher energy bills. Attics are a typical culprit of weak insulation, and if yours has ductwork running through it, it can exasperate the problem by causing your air ducts to blow hot air back into your home.

Read more about our energy audit services in the Kansas City area, and how it can help you implement the right improvements to increase your home’s efficiency.

Make Sure Your Air Quality Is Up to Par

Energy Audits can also help determine if there are any issues with the ventilation in your home. And if there are, we can help correct the issues. Poor ventilation can be the source of poor air quality in many homes, which can lead to worsening complications for allergy and asthma sufferers, or even cause other health issues to appear.

Help the Environment

If the insulation in your home is poor, it is putting extra strain on all the systems and appliances in your home, making them work harder to do their job. This means your home is using more energy than it needs, increasing your carbon footprint. An energy audit can pinpoint the source of your energy issues so that you can reduce the amount of energy your home uses, which not only helps you, but the environment as well.

For a free home insulation evaluation, call Henges Insulation today at 913-764-4600.

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