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!




Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Many homeowners associate home insulation with winter months and cold weather. While insulation does keep your home warm during cold winter months, it also helps your home stay cool in the summer.  If you’re waiting until winter to upgrade your attic insulation, you’ll be wasting money on high energy bills all summer long.

Here’s why upgrading your attic insulation helps keep your home comfortable and your energy bills in line during the summer:

  • As the sun heats the surface of your roof, the air inside your attic begins to heat up.
  • The air inside your home is cooler than the hot air inside your attic. This hot attic air will try to move from the attic to your home’s living space, with the goal of creating an equal air balance between these two spaces. 
  • Proper attic insulation combined with air sealing slows this process, keeping warm air in your attic and conditioned air in your living space. This means your cooling system will run less, your energy bills will be reduced and your home will be more comfortable. 
  • BONUS! When winter arrives, your home will receive the same benefits during cold weather as it did during the hot summer months. 


Any way you look at it, a home that lacks proper insulation and air sealing is less comfortable and less efficient than a home that is properly insulated and air sealed.

Not sure if your insulation is doing its job? Consider an energy audit. These are performed by specially trained staff and are geared toward getting you the biggest return for your home energy investment. Contact us to learn more about energy audits, and with any questions you have about your home’s insulation.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

When winter begins to fade, thoughts of warm days and green grass are welcome. If you suffer from allergies, spring brings many symptoms that can make the season hard to bear.

If you or someone in your home suffers from allergies, air sealing your home is one way to keep pollen, dust and other irritants out of your home (not to mention it can make your home more comfortable).

A home’s envelope has many penetration points that allow air to enter and exit the home. These penetration points can be around things like duct work and chimney chases and exist between building materials (studs, framing, etc.). As a home naturally breathes, outside air is drawn into the home’s interior. This natural process draws outside pollen, dust and other irritants into your home’s inside air.  

Sealing air leaks helps keep outside air (and outside pollutants) out of your home. In addition to reducing interior allergens, air sealing your home has other benefits:
  • More comfortable living environment. Air Infiltration can contribute to problems with moisture, dust, as well as the entry of pests. Sealing air leaks can help control your indoor comfort.
  • Reduced energy bills. Sealing air leaks keeps conditioned air inside your home. This means your HVAC system will do less work to maintain your home’s internal temperature, which can reduce your energy bills
  • A quieter home. Air leaks also allow outside noise to enter your home. Sealing these leaks also keeps out noise, which can result in a quieter home.
Interested in air sealing? Contact or call us today for a free Air Sealing estimate!



Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Closet storage is the last thing most homeowners think of at holiday time! If your closet storage space is lacking, you’ll notice it most at this time of year. Here are three reasons that now is the best time of year to have your closets upgraded.
closet with organized clothes and shoes

Reason #1: Winter Clothes
As temperatures drop, it’s time to break out the winter gear. Coats, boots and other cold weather accessories take up a lot of space. When these bulky items come out of storage and filling our closets, it doesn’t take long for things to feel crowded.  Items get shoved in corners, begin falling out of storage bins and sliding off hangers. A proper closet plan can create space for these bulky items and keep things in the places they were intended.

Reason #2: Holiday Items
After the wrapping paper is picked up and the decorations come down, homeowners never feel they have enough storage space. As much you try to pack items away sensibly, it’s likely they end up stored in a way that make them difficult to access – and can be hard to even know what boxes contain! Well-planned closet space makes the most of the cubic space in any closet to help store items wisely and make them easy to get to.

Reason #3: It’s Easy!
At first thought it may seem upgrading your closet storage would be a tedious project. The Hayes Company has a powerful tool that makes upgrading your closet storage a snap.  Our planning software does custom space planning for any closet. Your custom closet plan is presented in a PDF file and outlines many options from which to choose, ensuring your closet space is used to its fullest potential. Choose your options and our team is ready to install!

Have other questions about upgrading your closet storage? Ready to get started? Contact our office today!




white piggy bankWhen considering home energy upgrades, many homeowners look at two projects: insulation or windows. There are many conflicting messages about which is the best investment for your energy dollar. The more visible upgrade option, windows come to mind as a top energy upgrade priority.

Before you open your checkbook, we invite you to read below to learn more so you can make the best choice for your home.

Building shell
When considering the total square footage of your home’s shell (i.e. the walls, floor and roof), windows comprise a small portion of it. Your house will benefit from upgrading your home’s attic insulation (and even exterior wall insulation) rather than investing in windows.

Heat flow
Air inside a home naturally flows from ground to sky. A home loses 70% of energy through the attic and roof – far more than is lost through windows or doors. Upgrading attic insulation keeps the air you’ve paid to heat in your home. AND don’t forget about air sealing! Sealing air leaks in an attic further prevents conditioned air from seeping out around construction penetration points found around ducts, attics and more.

R-value
R-value is a measure of the amount of heat flow a certain product resists. The higher the r-value, the better it reduces heat flow (a key component of energy efficiency). The r-value of windows can vary based on the number of panes, air space between panes, etc. Double pane windows have an r-value of 1.5 to 2. Upgrading attic insulation to current code results in an R-38. Combine this with the natural heat flow of the home, and it’s easy to see how a fresh blanket of insulation is a great investment.

Cost
When looking at bottom line, the choice is clear. According to Home Advisor the average cost to upgrade windows in the Kansas City area is $3,537. The same report shows the average cost to upgrade insulation in the Kansas City area is $1,139.

Ready to add insulation to your attic? Contact us to schedule your free estimate.



Thursday, November 17, 2016

The Hayes Company helping Habitat for Humanity
Throughout our history, The Hayes Company has supported a variety of community projects. We believe in partnering with organizations that share this philosophy.

In 2016, Kansas City NARI is once again sponsoring a house with Habitat for Humanity of Kansas City. The Hayes Company is proud to be a volunteer contractor on their current project.

Our goal is to make this one of the most energy-efficient homes in Kansas City. To accomplish this goal, we’ve put great attention to detail into both insulating and air sealing the home. This has included air sealing around all windows, doors and where all framing joints meet. Sound control insulation was has been installed in all the bathrooms, drain lines and in the floor of the home’s third floor. Foam insulation was installed on all exterior walls and rim joists, and cellulose insulation was installed in the attic. Work of this caliber would normally cost $15,000 or more – all of which is being donated.

The project is going great! The insulation and air sealing work has been very effective. As a result, the HVAC contractor has decreased the size of the unit being installed in the home.

Mike O'Connell has been the lead insulator on this project, working with volunteers provided by Habitat for Humanity of Kansas City.
Our work has been done in partnership with A+ Insulation and Henges Insulation.

For more about the project, visit our Facebook page or the Habitat for Humanity of Kansas City Facebook page.


Tuesday, November 15, 2016

crawl space insulation
Winter is around the corner. Unless you’ve invested this year in home energy improvements, your home will be as inefficient and uncomfortable this winter as it was last winter.

If your home has a crawl space, sealing and insulating your crawl space can dramatically improve your home’s comfort, reduce energy bills and improve the quality of air inside your home.

Today’s building science proves that what’s beneath our home affects the comfort inside our home. A home’s natural airflow is from bottom to top (from the ground to sky). As your home naturally breathes, air is drawn up from the basement or crawl space, through the living area and out the attic. This natural airflow means air from a moist crawl space (and everything in the crawl space) flows up and into your home’s living area.

Here are three reasons to insulate your crawl space before winter:
  1. Improved Air Quality
    Crawl spaces are naturally damp. As your home breathes, air from your crawl space flows into your home’s living space through penetration points around wiring, plumbing holes and more. This means the air in your crawl space is mingling with the air you breathe every day. Not only is this distasteful, it’s unhealthy. Air sealing and insulating your crawl space will improve the air quality will help keep pollutants out of your home.
  2. Lower energy bills
    Does your furnace run more than you’d like during winter? This is a result of your HVAC system heating air from the crawl space that’s mingling with the air that’s already been heated. This means your HVAC system is continually working to maintain your home’s internal temperature. This results in higher energy bills – and more wear and tear on your HVAC system.
  3. A more comfortable home
    An unfinished crawl space affects your home’s everyday comfort. Are your floors cold? Is your main living area significantly cooler than an upper level of your home? Sealing and insulating your crawl space will help. After a short time in an uncomfortable home, you’ll wish you’d invested in upgrading your crawl space.
You may have other questions about your crawl space. We welcome you to contact us to discuss your specific situation. Ready to upgrade your crawl space? Contact us to schedule a free crawl space estimate.

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