Monday, August 7, 2017

Our company takes great pride in serving homeowners, builders, commercial contractors, and other customers. Every so often, we are called upon to handle interesting projects. The National World War I Museum and Memorial is one of those projects.

The Museum recently underwent renovations that included improvements to a lower level space used to house traveling exhibits. Since exhibits are delicate, climate and moisture control are of utmost importance. If the museum is unable to adequately maintain proper moisture levels they would be suspended from accepting traveling exhibits.

Hayes Insulation was brought into the project to provide insulation and air sealing. Three members of our installer team worked for seven days to complete the work, all of which was performed after hours when the Museum was closed. Our work included installing two inches of Icynene closed cell spray foam over the walls and ceiling of the space as well as DC315 ignition barrier.

The job was a success and the general contractor was pleased with our work. Our installers and our entire team at Hayes Insulation were honored to work on this important project.



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Monday, July 10, 2017

Even if your home is newer, your attic may be under insulated. Today’s building codes may be different than codes when your home was built. Your insulation may have settled. A hard wind entering your attic through your soffits may have compromised your insulation. These factors – and many others – can result in you spending more money on energy bills than is necessary.

If your attic has less than 12” of insulation, you may be wasting money on your energy bills. Today’s building codes require 12” of insulation (equivalent to R-38) to ensure your home is properly insulated.

Want to check your attic? Here’s how:
  • Open the access point to your attic. This may be found in the ceiling of a closet, a bedroom, or the garage.
  • If your home has two different rooflines (one section of the roof pitching one direction, one pitching another) be sure find the access point for each.
  • Place a ruler into the attic insulation with the one-inch mark at the bottom and make a note of insulation depth. With the required 12” of attic insulation, proper attic insulation depth should reach the top of a standard ruler.
  • Call us and tell us the results. We are happy to schedule a time to double check the depth and provide an estimate to upgrade your insulation. 
  • Don’t forget – 12” is the minimum level! Building codes in our area say attic levels could be up to R-60, which is approximately 17” of insulation!
Adding insulation to your attic will increase comfort and reduce your energy bills. Have other questions about energy efficiency? Call us – we’re happy to help!



Thursday, June 22, 2017

Air sealing is the process of reducing the amount of air that leaks in and out of a home. It is an important step to reduce energy costs, reduce drafts and cold spots, help to keep out pests and allergens, and increase the overall air quality in your home.

Air leakage occurs when outside air enters and conditioned air leaves your house uncontrollably through cracks and openings. For years, it was believed that air leaks created proper home ventilation. Today’s building science proves this isn’t the case. Uncontrolled air leaks can cause too much or too little air to enter or leave the home. Either situation can result in poor indoor air quality.

Although air sealing is a very important part of home energy efficiency, it doesn’t eliminate the need for proper insulation. Foam insulation is a perfect solution to both insulate and seal air leaks.

Foam insulation expands when applied and completely fills a cavity. The product is applied as a liquid and expands to 100 times its volume. This means that the product fills cracks and crevices in a cavity, and expands to seal these gaps. With one application, your home is insulated and air sealed!

Interested in learning more about spray foam and getting an estimate for your next project? Contact us today and learn more. 









Thursday, June 8, 2017

Are you looking forward to summer but are already sweating how much your energy bills will be? Don’t let the impact heat and humidity can have on your energy bills (and wallet) take the fun out of summer. Here are some tips to help save money on energy bills this summer and year ‘round.

  • Turn on Ceiling Fans. Keep your ceiling fans running to circulate conditioned air and keep the air moving. This will create comfort without putting extra strain on your HVAC system by circulating air that’s already cool and create a slight breeze. 
  • Adjust your Thermostat. During the day, increase the temp on your thermostat and close window treatments. Keeping windows covered helps control indoor temps, and turning up the temp during the day prevents the air conditioner from running when people aren’t home. If your home doesn’t have a programmable thermostat to automatically adjust your HVAC system, consider installing one.
  • Seal Leaks Around your Home. Air leaks exist in homes as a result of the construction process. Air leaks allow conditioned inside air to escape. You wouldn’t leave a window open when the air conditioning is running, would you? Not having your home air sealed has the same result. Having your home air sealed by a qualified contractor will help ensure the job is done right the first time.
  • Run Exhaust Fans. Run your bath fan and/or a kitchen fan. Running the bath fan will help remove warm, humid air after a shower or bath. Consider adding a timer to your bath fan to continually push warm air out of the house. Running your kitchen fan will also help remove warm air that results from cooking and has an added bonus of removing food odors from your home.
  • Add Insulation to your Attic. Most homes can benefit from additional insulation. Even if your home is newer, the insulation level in your attic may not meet current codes. Contact a qualified contractor to have insulation added to your attic. Increasing your attic insulation can save up to 30% on your energy bills!

Now is the time to make your home more energy efficient – before the heat and humidity of summer are here. Your wallet will thank you! Contact our office with questions about ways to make your home more efficient. 


Monday, May 22, 2017

We love being selected to insulate unique projects in our community. Not only is it fun for our team and our installers, its one way we can contribute to the unique venues around our region.

Hayes Insulation recently completed work on the Shari Flaming Center for the Arts at Tabor College. The project called for a particular acoustical spray insulation that Hayes Insulation has worked with for years. K-13 acoustical spray insulation helps maximize interior sound and provides r-value.

The installation went well and the project is now complete. To learn more about the Shari Flaming Center for the Arts and the performing arts program at Tabor College, click here.


Thursday, May 18, 2017

Most people understand a basic principle about air - warm air rises, cool air sinks. If you aren’t familiar, this principle is demonstrated by watching a hot air balloon in action. When it’s filled with heated (light) air, the balloon rises. When the air inside the balloon cools down, it becomes dense (heavy) and the balloon lowers to the ground.

This principle applies to all air, including the air inside your home. Warm air rises to the upper levels of a house, cool air drops to the lower level of a house. In building science language, this is called stack effect.

During summer months, warm air enters your home through penetration points around the home (e.g. doors, windows, small air leaks around the building envelope) and rises to the upper level of the home. When the HVAC runs, that cooled air drops to the main level of the home. How does this play out? Your upper levels are hot and the main level is cool. Running the HVAC system more won’t cool the upper level, since the cool air will continue to drop to the main level.

Let’s take this one step further and think about winter. In the winter, warm air inside the home is desired. What do homeowners do? They turn up the HVAC system. The HVAC system warms the main level, and that warm air naturally rises to the upper level of the home. Since warm air is light, that conditioned air escapes through air leaks in the roof. The HVAC system continues to run and heated air continually escapes through the roof. It’s a vicious cycle that can send energy bills through the roof.

If you dread the upper floors of your home during summer months because of hot and uncomfortable air, your home needs air sealing and insulating. Contact us to discuss your home’s summer comfort issues and schedule a free estimate.




Friday, April 28, 2017

The Hayes Company has taken energy efficiency to a whole new level! In April 2017, our company headquarters finalized the installation of a new solar panel energy system.

We were recently approached by a company that specializes in solar panel installation. As business owners who work to make buildings more energy efficient, were happy to listen to the cost and energy benefits of installing a solar panel system. Our leaders don’t plan to move to a new facility, so why not invest in a system that will save money on energy costs?

The system recently went live, following the installation of a specific meter provided by Kansas City Power and Light. The system is powered to provide from 75% to 80% of our annual power needs. During key times of year, the solar panels may generate more energy than our building uses. At that time, this extra energy will be provided back to the energy grid for use by other businesses and homes throughout the KCP&L service area.

This investment in the system will pay for itself in just over three years. In addition, Kansas City Power and Light provided a rebate for installing this system. Not only is this a great energy decision, it’s a wise business decision!




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