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4 Insulation Facts

Here are 4 Insulation Facts that you need to know! Did you know that about half of the energy we use to heat or cool our homes would leak out without insulation? A poorly insulated home hits homeowners where it hurts the most–their wallets!

Insulation Facts

Insulation Will Pay for Itself 

  • A common excuse people make to avoid adding insulation to their homes is that it is too expensive. In fact, if you want to save money, you should add insulation. When you add insulation to the walls and attic in your house, the expense will pay for itself many times over in reduced heating and cooling costs in subsequent years.

Insulation Helps In The Summer

  • 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.

Insulation Can 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.

Call A Professional

  • 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 and Fireplaces provide high quality work on every job. When you are in need of insulation or fireplace services in Kansas City, MO, give us a call here at Henges Insulation and Fireplaces. 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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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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What Can You Learn From Snow On Your Roof?

What Can You Learn From Snow On Your Roof?

Did you know that how the snow melts on your roof indicates what insulation your attic needs? If your attic has little or no insulation, the snow will melt quickly. If your attic needs more insulation in spots, you will notice parts of the snow melting. If your attic insulation is good, the snow will last longer. 

  • Check after a light snowstorm with little wind.
  • Examine your roof and compare it to the neighbors.
  • If your roofing is asphalt shingles, the snow should stay for days 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. 

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Benefits of a Well-Insulated Attic

Here are the top three reasons to insulate your attic according to the Attic Guys! Head over here to read the entire article.

Well-Insulated Attic

Save Money:

The statistics vary, but some homeowners have reported as much as a 50% savings once their attic has been insulated. How much you save will depend on a multitude of factors, such as the shape of your house and attic, the type of heating in the house, and the climate of the area.

Go Green:

Insulating your attic, according to the Department of Energy, is one of the most important energy-saving projects you can complete in your home. The energy saved with this means less need for energy creation, so power plants won’t need to produce said energy.

Prevent Moisture Problems:

Moisture, ice dams, and condensation can slowly, steadily cause persistent damage in a home, especially on the roof, which can be very expensive to repair. Moisture can also seep inside, and wet insulation is much less effective at keeping in heat.

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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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 and Fireplaces provide high quality work on every job. When you are in need of insulation or fireplace services in Kansas City, MO, give us a call here at Henges Insulation and Fireplaces. 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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Why Insulation Is as Important in the Summer as it Is in the Winter

Did you know that about half of the energy we use to heat or cool our homes would leak out without insulation? 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.
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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.

Hot Attics Mean Hot Houses

Even a little bit of hot air of that temperature making its way into your house can drastically increase the cost of cooling your home. Unfortunately, building materials like wood and drywall soak up heat easily and radiate it back. With no insulation to keep your ceiling from soaking up the heat from the sun, that heat will, in turn, radiate down into your home causing the temperature to rise and more money to be wasted trying to cool it. For homes that have their ductwork run through their attic, this problem is exaggerated because the heat in the attic can suck all of the coolness from the air and result in your ducts blowing warm air. Proper attic insulation and ventilation will help to greatly reduce rising temperatures in your attic.

Older Homes May Have No or Less Effective Attic Insulation

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. If you own an older home, it’s important to make sure you have adequate insulation. In moderate climates, the minimum recommended R-value is R-30 for an attic, R-11 for walls, R-19 for raised floors, and R-4.2 for ductwork.

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

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How Insulation in the Attic Stacks up

Last week, financial columnist for the Baltimore Sun Jay Hancock blogged about the monetary benefits he had seen after installing insulation in the attic last fall. Read his excerpt below to see how the installation paid for itself:

“So last fall I had AC&R Contracting add insulation in my attic. There were good, temporary tax breaks for weatherizing your house (there still are), and I had pledged to take money I could have been spending on renewable energy credits for electricity generated by wind and spend it instead on reducing energy consumption. After consulting various energy and environmental pros, I decided that was the “greenest” investment.

My attic is one of those low, cheap spaces typical of Howard County houses, propped up by prefab trusses. It had a thin layer of pink blow-in fiberglass, but it was so sparse you could see the ceiling board in some places. The AC&R guys layered on a new, comfy, white blanket at a total cost of $1,120. The material came to $728, which meant I got a $218 credit on my taxes. That reduced the net cost to $902.

Then the job started paying for itself in lower BGE bills. From October through March, I used 688 therms of natural gas, according to my bills. For the same period in the previous winter I used 778 therms. Thermostat was the same. True, average temperatures for the most recent winter were 2 degrees warmer, according to the bills. Still, I figured I saved around $100 compared with what I would have spent without the insulation. And that’s not accounting for the most recent winter’s lower natural gas prices compared with the previous winter’s.”

Ask Henges Insulation how you can start saving money with insulation today!

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