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Seasonal Home Maintenance Checklist

It’s time for spring cleaning, and chances are it’s been months since you did a good home maintenance checkup. Many household maintenance and health issues can be avoided with some simple preventative measures. Here’s a few great articles that should help you get started on seasonal home maintenance:

Bi-Annual Household Cleaning

Month-by-Month Home Maintenance Schedule

Don’t forget to…

  • Clean or replace household filters such as furnace and pool filters.
  • Clean air vents and ducts.
  • Check for proper insulation.
  • Keep the chimney clean and remove any ashes.
  • Check or install a chimney screen.
  • Clean fan and vacuum blades.
  • Pull weeds by hand or use a natural or eco-friendly weed killer.
  • Clear out rain gutters.

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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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Look At Your roof!

Kansas City forecast is for cold temperatures and snow for the next week. Look at your roof! If snow or frost is melting similar to these pictures, you will benefit with energy saving and improved comfort by having more insulation blown into your attic. Call the accredited experts at Henges Insulation for help. 

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Winter Tips: Part 1

Henges Insulation is helping you survive the winter! Here are some winter tips to help you save money during the cold weather.

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Tip #1: Get An Energy Audit

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! 

Tip #2: Set ceiling fans to the winter setting by making sure it rotates clockwise.

In the winter, your ceiling fans should rotate clockwise using a low speed to pull cool air up. This will create a gentle updraft that pushes warm air, which naturally rises to the ceiling, down along the walls and back to the floor.

Tip #3: Don’t forget about furnace maintenance

Furnace maintenance helps maintain your heating system’s energy efficiency. Regular maintenance can help make certain that your furnace operates at its top efficiency during winter, helping you save on your utilities.

Henges Insulation is dedicated to providing professional service to homeowners, builders and commercial contractors in the KC Metro and surrounding areas. We can help you save on energy costs, conserve energy, and make a valuable investment in your home.

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What Are People Saying About Henges

Henges Insulation in Olathe, Kansas, is a leading contractor in the insulation industry 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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Check out what our customers are saying about us:

A HUGE shout-out to Steve! He came out today to look at our attic insulation and told us our house looked awesome (R-49!!)! We appreciate his honest opinion. He is a man of integrity.  Thanks Steve!

We remodeled and added to an existing older home. Henges worked closely with us while we explored several insulation options for the new and existing areas in our home. Provided a competitive bid, and completed the work quickly and accurately.

This is a great company with well trained and professional people.

Professional attitudes and competitive pricing!

 

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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 is dedicated to providing professional service to homeowners, builders and commercial contractors in the KC Metro and surrounding areas. 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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How To Tell If Your Home Is Under Insulated

As an extension of Jay Henges Enterprises Inc., we began installing insulation in the Kansas City area in the early 1940s. We have continued to expand and perfect our services since then. At Henges Insulation, 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. 

How To Tell If Your Home Is Under Insulated

How To Tell If Your Home Is Under Insulated

High Energy Bills:

If you have an efficient heating & cooling system and your windows are in good shape, your insulation is probably the reason for your high energy bills. If your home is poorly insulated, your HVAC system has to work harder to keep your home at a desired temperature. This is because a home that isn’t properly insulated allows heat to seep into your home in the summer and cold air in the winter.

Animals In Your Home:

Insulation helps protect against bugs and insects getting in your home. If mice and bugs can get in, so can the cold or hot air! By adding insulation you can help save money on your utility bill and protect yourself from these unwanted guests.

Inconsistent Temperatures:

Another telltale sign your home needs more insulation is if the upper levels of your home experience more heat and humidity in the summer months. Temperature differences that are 10-15 degrees or more between your lower and upper floors are a sign of poor insulation. Inconsistent temperatures is another issue that can affect how hard your heating and cooling system has to work, which will cost you more money on your energy bills.

Freezing Pipes In The Winter Months:

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. 

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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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, 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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Call Us Today

Add this to your to-do list so you don’t forget: Get your home ready for winter and get it checked out by an insulation professional!

Our friendly professionals here at Henges Insulation provide high quality work on every job. When you are in need of insulation services in Kansas City, MO, give us a call here at Henges Insulation. 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 us before the chilly weather arrives!

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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 Henges Insulation, 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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