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Tips for Attic Insulation

What You Need to Know About Attic Insulation

When it comes to home insulation, the first area that comes to mind is the attic. Building airflow moves from ground to sky, naturally pulling conditioned indoor air up and out of a structure. Proper attic insulation helps keep conditioned air inside your home and helps keep your home more comfortable. When conditioned air remains inside your home it helps reduce wear and tear on your heating system and keeps energy bills in line. How to install insulation in an attic depends upon many factors. With different insulating options, it’s important to hire an experienced insulation contractor so you are sure they know how to install insulation to gain maximum insulating benefit.

There are three common methods used to insulate attics – blown-in fiberglass, blown-in fiberglass with air sealing and spray foam insulation. Here’s what you need to know about each:

BLOWN-IN FIBERGLASS

Insulating attics with blown-in fiberglass insulation is a quick and easy way to add R-value. This is a basic method of attic insulation and a cost-effective option to upgrade attics of existing homes or insulate attics in new homes. Properly knowing how to blow in insulation can make a difference in how the insulation performs. The product must be evenly installed across the attic space to ensure even and proper insulating of the home.

BLOWN-IN FIBERGLASS WITH AIR SEALING

Combining blown-in fiberglass insulation with air sealing dramatically increases a home’s energy efficiency. This method helps keep conditioned air inside the home and adds R-value. In an existing home, attic insulation is removed and penetration points around the attic floor are sealed. After air sealing is complete, a fresh blanket of blown-in fiberglass insulation is installed. In a new home, penetration points around the attic floor are sealed before blown-in insulation is installed.

SPRAY FOAM INSULATION

Installing spray foam insulation in the attic of a new or existing home provides optimal energy protection. In an existing home, insulation is removed from the attic and spray foam is installed along the roofline. In a new home, spray foam insulation is installed along the roofline as part of the construction process.

Proper attic insulation combined with air sealing is one of the most cost-effective ways to save money on monthly energy bills. Wondering if your home could benefit from additional attic insulation? Ready to discuss insulation for your new home project? Contact our office today!

Beating Cold Temps

Five Ways to Beat Cold Temps Now

It’s hard to think about winter weather when summer is still alive and well. Waiting until the first cold snap to get your home ready for winter makes it difficult to fully prepare for cold weather. It also can mean another season of energy bills that are higher than necessary. Get ahead of the curve and get to work on these five tasks:

  1. Schedule a Furnace Tune-Up
    Unlike your cooling system, your furnace doesn’t get a break all winter. Your heating system will work more efficiently and have a longer life if it’s regularly serviced. Having your furnace serviced before cold weather is in full swing can help prevent system problems during the peak heating season.
  2. Seal Air Leaks
    A home loses most of its energy (including heated air) through the attic. Sealing air leaks in your attic helps keep conditioned air in the home and energy bills low. Take it a step further and air seal around doors, windows, electrical outlets, and other penetrations in the building envelope.
  3. Upgrade Your Insulation
    Insulation provides a thermal layer to help keep energy in your home. Once attic air leaks are sealed, add a fresh blanket of insulation to provide additional energy savings. Adding insulation to your attic is a cost-effective way to save money on energy bills.
  4. Add a Smart Thermostat
    Smart thermostats adjust the temperature of your home based on your family’s schedule and your lifestyle. A smart thermostat can help decrease overall home energy use, including heating and cooling costs. According to Nest, a smart thermostat brand, the investment can pay for itself over time based on an average 30% reduction in energy bills.
  5. Reverse Your Ceiling Fans
    Reversing your ceiling fans takes minutes to do, but is often overlooked! Changing the direction of your ceiling fans creates an upward draft and redistributes warm air. Helpful hint: Dust your fan blades before reversing the direction!

If your home needs air sealing or an insulation upgrade, we can help! Contact our office to schedule a free estimate!

Fireplace Showcase

Fireplace Showcase

The Hayes Company is more than just insulation! We are also Kansas City’s fireplace experts.

We recently hosted a two-day Fireplace Showcase where we had a great turnout! Over 100 builders and contractors came from around Kansas City to view our updated fireplace showroom and see the newest fireplace designs and models. Manufacturer representatives were on hand to answer product questions. Three guests won a fireplace with installation on their next construction project.

The Hayes Company sells and installs fireplaces for builders and homeowners throughout the Kansas City area. We offer a complete line of styles and models so you can select the perfect fireplace for your home. Our fireplace models include wood, gas and electric and we also offer mantels and surrounds.

If you’re looking for a fireplace, call The Hayes Company and come visit our 1800 sq. ft showroom to view all our selections.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

40 Year Anniversary

Forty Years – Then and Now

The Hayes Company is very proud to celebrate 40 years in business. When the company was founded in 1978, I didn’t realize the journey on which business ownership and this industry would take me.

When I was young I knew I wanted to own my own business. I think it was the idea of leading a team and an organization. It could have been because I saw my dad run a business. Whatever the reason, I knew it was a path I would follow.

My first experience in the insulation industry was working for Maddox Insulation. After graduating from college, I was interested in relocating to Kansas City. A friend’s family owned the company and after one interview, I was hired. I started off installing insulation and moved into sales. Working as an installer helped throughout my insulation career. It helped me understand the issues installers face and much more.

About a year after I started in the industry I was given the opportunity to run a branch that my employer had recently acquired. This opportunity fueled my drive to own my own company. After a couple more steps on the journey, along with some business partners, Hayes Insulation was founded in 1978. In 1984 I became sole owner.

Today, The Hayes Company serves customers throughout the Kansas City Metro area. We offer a variety of products in addition to insulation including fireplaces, shower doors, mirrors and glass along with closet shelving. I’m honored that some of my children and other family members work in the business. It’s exciting to see where the company is heading and the impact it has on our employees, my family and the community.

Thanks for supporting us for 40 years. It’s our honor to serve you.

– Tom Hayes

Allergies Symptoms

Suffering from Allergies? Did you know…

Do you or someone you love suffer from asthma or asthma-related attacks?

It’s estimated that 26 million Americans are affected by asthma or asthma-related conditions. It’s proven that these attacks have a direct link to air quality — and air sealing your home can help.

In the lungs of asthma sufferers, swollen airways become extra sensitive when the individual is exposed to asthma triggers such as pollen, smoke, pet dander, dust, mold, chemicals in the air and more. To make things worse, an American Lung Association study indicated too many people in the United States live in areas where the air is unhealthy for them to breathe.

Sealing a home’s air leaks can help improve indoor air quality by lowering the number of asthma triggers that can enter the inside of a home or building.

Spray foam insulation is a great option to both insulate and seal air leaks in one step. In fact, one of the key benefits of spray foam is improved indoor air quality. The material provides an exceptional air seal, works as a thermal barrier (insulator) and helps control moisture issues. This improved air-tightness provides better control of indoor humidity, which reduces mold inside the home. It also dramatically reduces the number of pollutants that can enter the home (pollen, dust, etc.) and allows a home to have proper mechanical ventilation to filter the air and keep the interior air clean.

By reducing these asthma triggers, anyone affected by asthma or other breathing issues will benefit.

Interested in learning more about air sealing and the benefits to you and your family? Contact us for a quote today.

Choosing A Shower Door

Five Tips When Choosing a Shower Door

Whether you are remodeling your bathroom or it’s simply due for maintenance, choosing a shower door can feel like a complicated and tedious task. A shower door is designed to contain water and steam and also is a significant component of bathroom design. Choosing a shower door is often the final piece of a bathroom design or remodel – and it’s a big decision! Here are five things to consider when choosing a shower door:

  1. Function
    Think about how your shower door will function. Is the door for a stand-alone shower or for a bath/shower combination? Is your shower designed to include steam? Where is your shower or tub located in the bathroom? What types of studs are available to support the shower? These questions can impact the weight of the glass, type of frame and more.
  2. Space
    The layout of your shower or shower/tub unit can determine the type of shower door. How much space is available inside the shower or shower/tub unit? Choosing the right door for the shower can maximize the feeling inside the shower. How much space is available outside the shower? The layout of your bathroom can impact type of door (sliding, pivot, etc).
  3. Care and Maintenance
    Different shower door materials require different levels of maintenance and care.  For example, sealed glass doors help keep moisture in the shower and also require more cleaning than other types of shower doors. Find the balance that’s right for your lifestyle and meets your needs.
  4. Style
    This is the fun part! There are endless options for shower door glass, doorframe, hardware and more. When choosing shower door glass, consider how much light is needed inside the shower and the amount of privacy desired. This can help determine whether clear glass door or a translucent finish is best.
  5. Budget
    Project cost can help make the final decision about the type of shower door for your bathroom. If you have a budget in mind before considering design, that should be one of your first considerations. Either way, be sure to choose a shower door company that provides free estimates. With so many shower door options, you can have the shower door you want at a cost that works in your budget

Are you looking for a shower door to complete your bathroom remodel or simply replace your outdated one? Contact our office to discuss your project and schedule your free estimate!

Pipes Freezing

Tips to Prevent Freezing Pipes

It’s no secret our area of the country has been faced with cold temps! We’ve been receiving an influx of calls from homeowners and builders dealing with frozen pipes. Frozen pipes are inconvenient and can cause significant damage. When the temperature of a water pipe drops below freezing, water in the pipe can expand up to 10% in volume. This creates additional pressure on water pipes and valves, causing pipes to burst.

It’s important to keep pipes from being exposed to cold temperatures. Here are some ways to protect pipes during extreme cold:

  • Add insulation to walls that affect water pipes. This can include adding dense packed fiberglass or spray foam insulation to exterior walls.
  • Cover exposed pipes in crawl spaces or attics. Applying foam insulation can protect water pipes from cold temperatures, and its water resistant properties make it ideal for use on water pipes.
  • Seal gaps around basement rim joists or seal your crawl space. This will help keep cold air away from pipes. This also will help the main floor of your home feel more comfortable.

If your home has frozen water pipes or you want to prevent future damage, contact our office to schedule your free estimate. Our team will review your home and make recommendations for ways you can help reduce the risk of your pipes freezing.

Fireplace Inspection

Four Reasons to Have Your Fireplace Inspected

Is it time to have your fireplace cleaned and inspected? In general, the answer is yes.

To ensure proper operational efficiency and inspect for safety, fireplaces or inserts should be cleaned annually. Even though you may not see it, your fireplace is put under stress during each use – managing heat output, drafting exhaust up and out of the house, and more. An annual inspection helps keep your fireplace working properly and keeps your family safe.

During an inspection, a fireplace contractor will look for the following:

  • Buildup. Both gas and wood-burning fireplaces can have a buildup of debris. This can happen from ceramic logs that can deteriorate and clog vents, and from ash generated from a wood-burning fireplace.
  • Cracks. If the chimney exterior has a crack, moisture can enter the chimney. This can result in tiles inside the chimney falling off and breaking. Don’t assume that if you can’t see a crack, there isn’t moisture damage – the same happens as a chimney ages and mortar deteriorates.
  • Functional integrity. Over time, equipment in a gas fireplace ages and begins to wear out. This can affect how well and how safely your gas fireplace operates. Worn pieces have been known to cause injuries due to mechanical malfunction.
  • Ventilation. Making sure your chimney system is working properly and venting exhaust out of the home is critical. Carbon monoxide can back up into the home if the chimney isn’t properly ventilating. This can be a result of structural issues, cracks, animals that have nested or are nesting in the chimney and more.

It’s important to take your fireplace and chimney seriously to help ensure the safety of your home and family. Don’t wait until the last minute to have your fireplace inspected. Contact us right now to schedule your fireplace inspection.

Fall Weather

Five Energy-Saving Projects for Fall

When temperatures begin to drop, it’s time to get your home ready for winter. Here’s a quick checklist to keep your house—and property—in peak condition this winter.

  1. Improve Your Windows
    Old and inefficient windows leak conditioned air. Switch out your window screens for storm windows—if you have them—before the frigid temps kick in. This swap will save you money on energy costs, protect your window from the elements, and eliminate drafts throughout fall and winter.
  2. Service Your Heating System
    Check the pilot light, vacuum excess dust, and change the filter. Heating systems will use fuel more efficiently, last longer, and have fewer problems if properly serviced. While you’re at it, get your wood stove and fireplace in working order. Pay special attention to your wood stove or fireplace insert’s door gasket to ensure a tight seal. Servicing your system now will help make it through any unexpected cold snap.
  3. Caulk Windows and Air Seal
    Air sealing around windows and door frames helps prevent heat from escaping. Caulking and sealing these openings is one of the least expensive maintenance jobs you can do. If left undone, openings in the structure can cause water to get in and freeze, resulting in cracks and mold buildup. Need more help than a tube of caulk? We can help!
  4. Inspect Your Roof
    Make sure the roof is in good shape. Inspect for missing and loose shingles. Look for trouble spots now instead of in a few months when ice, rain, snow, and wind wreak havoc on existing problem areas.
  5. Check Your Insulation
    While temperatures drop outside, you can still stay warm and keep your energy bills low with proper insulation. Attics are one of the biggest culprits when it comes to winter energy loss, so prep yours for winter by upgrading your insulation now.

BONUS TIP: Reverse Your Ceiling Fan
Change the direction of your ceiling fan to create an upward draft that redistributes warm air from the ceiling. Fall is also a good time to prep your humidifiers. Be sure to clean them regularly during the heating season. Bacteria and spores can develop in a dirty water tank resulting in unclean moisture misting out into your room.

Perform these upgrades and see your energy bills decrease! Ready go get started? We can help. Contact us today for a free insulation estimate.

Maintain Your Home's Air Quality Free From Pollutants

What is Your Home’s Indoor Air Quality?

When we think of air quality, we most often think of outdoor air. Did you know that the air inside your home may have the biggest impact on your health? One estimate indicates the average person receives 72 percent of their chemical exposure at home (via The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency/USEPA).

Indoor air quality can be affected by many things – construction materials, materials used to manufacture furniture, cleaning products used in our homes, etc. If you would like to improve the air quality inside your home, here are some steps:

Change cleaning products – look for cleaning products, air fresheners, etc. that are made with natural ingredients or are low-emitting products.

Air seal your home – keeping out external pollutants helps maintain your home’s indoor environment. When external pollutants are kept out, your indoor air can be properly tested and maintained. Spray foam insulation effectively seals air leaks and insulates in one step.

Ventilation – After your home is air sealed, having a proper mechanical ventilation system will help remove indoor air pollutants.

Contact our office to learn about how spray foam insulation can help keep out external pollutants, help maintain your home’s indoor air quality, and help reduce your energy bills. We are happy to provide a free estimate.