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Control Humidity and Save Energy

High humidity can make a hot day feel 10 degrees warmer, and rainy weather increases that sticky feeling, a common problem during Kansas City summers. Air-conditioning helps regulate humidity, but you may be working it harder and more often than you need to if it’s too humid inside your home, causing power bills to spike.

Control Humidity

The Weather Channel says homes with humidity problems may have:

  • window condensation
  • mold
  • allergens
  • bugs
  • poor ventilation

Is your home too humid? If humidity is a problem, try a dehumidifier and better ventilation in rooms that generate a lot of moisture, such as the bathroom and kitchen. Another easy solution is to hang a bundle of writing chalk in problem areas to absorb excess moisture.

Keeping humidity under control can make your home feel more comfortable during hot weather, eliminating the urge to crank down the air and giving your wallet some relief. In fact, for every degree you raise the thermostat, you can expect to cut energy consumption by 3-5%, according to Kansas City Power & Light, resulting in a lower power bill. The most energy-efficient (and cost-saving) setting for cooling in the summer is 78-80 degrees, and ceiling fans and box fans can be use to help circulate the air.

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Henges Insulation & Fireplaces Supports Kansas City Home Builders Association

Henges Insulation & Fireplaces is recognized for its support in the January newsletter of the Kansas City Home Builders Association.

Kansas City Home Builders Association

Henges has supports the local builders association in many different ways including:

  • 2010 Bronze Sponsor
  • Sponsoring membership luncheons
  • 2010 Green Build Sponsor

The Kansas City Builders Association kicked off the year by inducting Travis Graham as president for the 11th year and recognizing the association’s award winners. Among the award winners is Bruce Rieke of B.L. Rieke Custom Homes, who was inducted into the Builders Hall of Fame.

Key dates for the association in the upcoming year are:

  • Home Show, March 25-27
  • HBA Missouri Legislative Day, April 6
  • Spring Homes Tour, April 16-May 1
  • American Dreams Award Ceremony, April 20

Henges Insulation & Fireplaces believes it is important to stay involved with our local home builders association as well as on the cutting edge of developments in green building. Our eco-friendly products is helping local residents insulate and heat their homes more efficiently and in a more sustainable manner.

 

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2011 Tax Credits and Local Incentives for Energy Savings

Although the federal tax credit for certain energy-efficient upgrades has been reduced for 2011, you can still save a bundle and be eco-friendly too by taking advantage of local incentives for energy savings as well as the new federal tax credits. Remember, making energy-efficient upgrades is almost always a cost-effective decision, even without incentives!

Federal tax credits beginning this year and going through 2016 will be limited to a maximum of $500 in lifetime savings for upgrading your home with things like biomass stoves and insulation. All the products qualifying for tax credits in 2010 still qualify.

However Missouri Gas Energy and Kansas City Power & Light are offering up to $1200 dollars in bill credits for an energy audit and qualified energy-efficient home improvements. Henges Insulation & Fireplaces in Olathe, Kan., is a certified contractor capable of performing a comprehensive home performance assessment or energy audit to qualify you for these savings.

Contact us for more information about federal and local energy savings incentives.

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Stay in Touch with Henges Insulation & Fireplaces

Happy New Year from everyone at Henges Insulation & Fireplaces in Kansas City! We hope you will continue to stay in touch with us in 2011:

Learn more about our fireplace and insulation services.

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A Heart-Warming Story for Christmas

Here’s a heart-warming story just in time for the holidays:

A Detroit college student has designed a jacket made with insulation that can also transform into a sleeping bag to keep the city’s homeless population warm as brutal winter sets in up North. Industrial clothing maker Carhartt has taken notice of the innovative project and has pledged to help support production of the jackets.  Creator Veronika Scott hopes to create jobs for the homeless through local production of “Element S(urvival)” insulation jackets. You can follow the progress of the insulation jacket concept on Veronika’s blog.

Merry Christmas from all of us at Henges Insulation & Fireplaces in Kansas City!

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Why We Hang Stockings by Our Chimneys for Christmas

Throughout history, fireplaces, chimneys, and hearths have all been closely associated with the holidays. It’s a place where family and friends gather to stay warm and where some of our holiday traditions began.

For example, by now you have hung your stockings by the chimney with care, but do you know why? There are two reasons, according to the Farmer’s Almanac:

  • In the 16th Century, the children staying in Holland kept their clogs, filled with straw, by the hearth for the reindeer. At the same time, they placed a treat for ‘Sinterclass’ (Santa Claus) near the fireplace in the house. As a return gift, the Sinterclass used to leave some gifts for the children. With time, the clogs became stockings and Sinterclass became Santa Claus.
  • There was family made up of a father and three daughters. The family had no money and the father was concerned about his daughters’ dowries. St. Nick heard of this family and knew the father would be too proud to accept money, so he decided to wait until dark and throw bags of coins down the chimney. As legend goes, these bags found their way into the three stockings hung by the fire. Soon the villagers came to know of St. Nicholas’ generosity and started hanging their stockings by the fireplace.

Test your knowledge of Christmas lore, and contact Henges Insulation & Fireplaces in Kansas City for all your home heating needs!

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Henges Insulation & Fireplaces Closed for Thanksgiving

Henges Insulation & Fireplaces in Kansas City will be closed Thursday, Nov. 25, and Friday, Nov. 26, for the Thanksgiving holiday and will re-open on Monday, Nov. 29. Our regular business hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Monday through Friday.

Is your fireplace in good working order for the holidays? Make sure your fireplace is ready to go before guests arrive. Need a replacement part or service? Call Henges Insulation & Fireplaces at (913) 764-4600 so we can help you.

Happy Thanksgiving!!

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Get Nostalgic With a Cast Iron Wood Stove

Perhaps you grew up with a wood stove, and the thought of stoking a crackling fire in a piping hot stove brings back heartwarming memories. You can keep the tradition alive with today’s modern wood stoves, designed for efficiency and style. Take the Vermont Castings Encore Two-In-One Convertible Stove for example.

Made with high-performance 100% recycled cast iron, the Encore Two-In-One offers catalytic and non-catalytic heating and comes in five versatile colors. Find out if a wood stove is right for you, and take advantage of the federal tax credit up to $1,500 on environmentally friendly appliances through Dec. 31, 2o10. Vermont Castings wood stoves are available at Henges Insulation & Fireplaces in Kansas City.

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Tell Campfire Stories for Halloween

Halloween is the perfect time to gather family and friends around and tell campfire stories. Maybe you have some tall tales of your own that have been passed down through generations. If not, start the tradition this year. Here are some ideas for campfire stories to make your own:

There are hundreds of homegrown campfire stories, with plenty of Halloween stories too, available from American Folklore.  Just print out and read. Use your best dramatic storyteller voice to entertain everyone! Or just download and play the site’s ghost story podcasts. Parents may want to pre-screen stories and podcasts to make sure they aren’t too scary for the little ones.

Speaking of little ones, kids will love this three-part You Tube video series in which a hilarious family-friendly campfire story is told by animated characters Hoops & YoYo, created by Kansas City-based Hallmark Corporation. Sit back, relax, and enjoy from your computer:

How are you celebrating Halloween? Tell us by leaving a comment.

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Decorate Your Fireplace for Halloween

Whether you have started using your fireplace this year or not, you can turn it into a stylish space for Halloween. Decorate your fireplace for Halloween from the inside out to make a festive scene. Try these ideas for making your fireplace shine:

Stuff the fireplace full of crafty pumpkins as seen in Good Housekeeping:

Dress up your fireplace mantel and with spooky seasonal accessories, natural items, screens, and candles as seen on Casa Sugar design blog.

Or, just let it burn to create a beautiful glow!

Be sure your fireplace is ready for cold weather, and contact Henges Insulation & Fireplaces in Kansas City.

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