Learning more about energy efficiency will save you money and will help you help the environment. Our energy-efficiency professionals at The Hayes Company has put together this page to help you do just that. Read on to learn more, or give our team a call at (816) 545-9018!
For detailed information about how you can save energy in your home, check out our Interactive Energy House. To learn more about the many rebates and incentives available to those who invest in energy-saving upgrades, visit DSIRE.
How do I know that you are the best contractor for me?
We’ve been in the business since 1978, longer than nearly all of our competitors. We offer excellent customer service and industry-leading products. But don’t take our word for it — check out our testimonials.
Why should I choose Hayes over another company?
With over nearly 40 years of experience, our insulation consultants provide detailed project outlines and have a strong attention to detail, tailoring your job to your specific needs. Our knowledgeable installers and consultants have a great understanding of their trade and a genuine desire to see every customer get the best result possible.
What insurance do you carry?
We are fully insured for liability as well as worker’s compensation.
How much does it cost to insulate a house?
The cost of home insulation depends on a number of factors such as size and age of the house, existing insulation and the specific area that needs insulation. To get a clear idea of how much insulation will cost for your home, we recommend scheduling a free in-home consultation with our professionals.
What is the building envelope or shell?
The building envelope, also called the “shell,” includes everything that separates your home from the outside. Key components of the building envelope include walls, ceiling, doors, and windows. The building envelope is responsible for a large portion of home’s temperature and moisture control. When our team at The Hayes Company evaluates your home envelope, we look to see if the proper temperature and moisture barriers are present and doing their job, as well as if they can be improved to increase the energy efficient and overall comfort of your home.
What if I can’t afford to do everything recommended?
We want you to get the best energy-saving services on whatever budget works for you. We will prioritize ourrecommendations so you know which improvements need to be done first and which can wait. In order to further help you save money, we will also show you what improvements you can do yourself and the best way to do them. If you need extra financial assistance, our professionals can point you towards several low-interest loans available. You can also check the Metropolitan Energy Center for details. We accept a wide range of different payment options including check, cash, and all major credit cards.
How do I determine if this work is really going to save me money?
You can track the energy-saving benefits through your local power company. You may be eligible for tax credits as well.
Does insulating have any other benefits besides comfort and energy savings?
In addition to comfort and reduced energy consumption, insulation helps reduce the presence of outside allergens, dust, and bugs, resulting in better air quality in your home. Insulation also has acoustical properties meaning the house has a softer and quieter feel and outside noises have less impact.
Can I add new insulation on top of old insulation?
Unless your existing insulation is wet, you can add new insulation on top it. Wet insulation poses a structural risk to your home and can lead to mold and other infestations. We provide professional removal services for wet insulation.
Why do I need to seal my attic if I’m adding insulation?
Fibrous insulations such as fiberglass and cellulose are not air barriers. While insulating, they allow air to pass through.This results in increased energy use. Air sealing stops the escape of air from the home.
Why is spray foam more expensive than fiberglass?
Spray foam provides both an air-sealing and insulating solution and is built to endure more severe weather conditions than fiberglass insulation. The investment is worth every penny, as evidenced by our testimonials.
Can spray foam be sprayed in an existing home?
Yes, depending on the structure and layout of your existing home. We recommend scheduling a free consultation to learn where spray foam can be sprayed in your home.
What is the difference between open cell and closed cell foam?
Open Cell Foam is a type of spray foam made up of tiny cells of foam that are not completely closed. The cells in Open Cell foam are broken, which allows air to fill the “open” space inside of the material, giving the foam a softer feel. Weighing in 0.5 pounds per cubic foot, Open Cell foam has an R-value of 3.4 to 4.5 per inch.
The denser of the two, Closed Cell Foam is 2.0 pounds per cubic foot. Its cells are closed and packed tightly together. Closed Cell foam is a greater insulator due to its denser properties, but is also more expensive. Closed Cell foam has an r-value of 5.4 to 7.2 per inch.