Monthly Archives: October 2016

Building a Better Future: A+ Insulation Co-Hosts Regional Educational Workshop

A+ Insulation crew

My favorite thing about being part of the insulation industry is the sense of community shared by insulation professionals. We are always challenging one another to stay on top of technological advancements within the industry to find the best possible insulation solutions for homeowners.

I’ve also always been proud of A+ Insulation’s commitment to education. It’s how we ensure high-quality professional work and are always up to date on the latest changes and innovations in the industry.

Recently, we partnered with the High Performance Insulation Professionals (HPIP) and co-hosted a training workshop for all of the insulation professionals in Kansas City.

High Performance Insulation Professionals training workshop

HPIP is a national association that is working to build collaboration and excellence within the industry. A+ Insulation has been a member of HPIP since 2013. In addition, I am a member of the HPIP Board of Directors.  Co-hosting this event was a great opportunity to share our commitment to excellence with others in the industry.

This two-day training event was a great success. We hosted over 100 insulation contractors, installers, and builders from across the Midwest.

The first day of the event offered a full day of classroom training sessions. Everyone also had a great time networking and meeting other industry professionals.

The second day, we had the most fun! All of the attendees spent the day with some hands-on training and enjoyed several system demonstrations and product certifications.

High Performance Insulation Professionals job site training

Participants learned about a wide variety of products, including loosefill fiberglass systems, radiant barriers and reflective insulation, continuous insulation, and airflow studies.

Attendees also had an opportunity to earn their high-performance insulation credential during the training.

The workshop received high marks from participants. I couldn’t have been more proud! Since this was the first regional workshop we have done as an association, we were thrilled that it was such a success!  

If you need help with an insulation project for your home, contact us and we can put our expertise to work for you.

A Tradition & An Honor: A+ Donates to Habitat for Humanity

Looking back, I can’t remember when A+ Insulation started working with Habitat for Humanity, I suppose that’s what sparked this post.

A+ Insulation Truck at Habitat House

For those of you who don’t already know, my name is Mike O’Hara, I am the owner of A+ Insulation. Over the past several years A+ Insulation has had the privilege of helping build several Habit Houses right here in the Kansas City area. Today, I realized this tradition has become more of an honor each year.  

I am pleased to announce A+ Insulation’s collaboration with the Kansas City National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) and Habitat for Humanity to provide a home for a family in need.

 

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Shawana, a mother of three, was living in a small apartment with her two daughters and her son. Her two daughters shared a tiny room and her son was often unhappy being surrounded by girls with hardly any privacy. To learn more about Shawana, click here.

 

 

This motivated, goal-driven family does something we all can learn from. They each have their own “Goal Board.” Shawana explains that at the end of each year, the family creates individual goals showing what they want to achieve and what they have accomplished throughout the year. In 2015, Shawana wanted to get a better-paying job and to move to a house that was more fit for her family. First, she earned a promotion at her current job, then Habitat for Humanity approved her family for a new home.

A+ insulation installed our highly beneficial closed spray foam to the exterior walls and to the rim joists to the three-story house in the Boston Heights and Mount Hope neighborhood of Kansas City. We also installed some batted insulation for soundproofing benefits.

“Home is a place where… it’s ours,” Shawana says. “We can build on it. We can build our relationship in it. We can build our personalities through it. It’s a place where my kids can become who they’re really destined to be.”

A+ Insulation Crew infront of Habitat HouseOur involvement with Habitat for Humanity is something I am truly proud of. It is an honor to be able to provide a safe, secure and insulated place that someone can call home.

For more information on A+ Insulation’s involvement with this project, or to see what services we can offer to your home, contact us today!

4 Signs Your Home is Under Insulated

girl inside cold houseInsulation is an important part of your home that is often neglected. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, 44% of a homeowner’s utility bill is spent on heating and cooling costs. It’s no secret that insulation saves you money, keeps your family comfortable, and helps you protect the value of your home. However, if your home lacks the proper amount of insulation, or if your insulation is installed incorrectly, you can do severe damage to both your home and your bank account.

Here are 4 ways you can tell if your home is under-insulated:

1. Fluctuating Temperatures

One sign of good insulation is having even temperatures throughout your home. If different rooms have different temperatures – say, you freeze in the kitchen but sweat profusely in your living room – there’s a clear sign your house is under insulated.

2. Rising Energy Bills

You may not notice extreme temperature shifts in your home if your heating or cooling units are working overtime, but you will notice your extreme energy bill. If wasted heat is escaping through your roof, it’s time to replace your insulation.

3. Leaks in the Attic

Just as poor insulation lets heat out of your home, it also tends to let water in. Water has a much easier time finding its way into a poorly-insulated home than a well-insulated one. If you’re experiencing a leaky attic, your insulation may be part of the problem. If you’re unsure if your attic needs to be reinsulated, read this.

Leaks are a sign that you should get your insulation replaced as soon as possible! Water damage can cause many costly problems down the road, including mold issues, so give leaks prompt attention and call 913-648-9290 or 816-944-3171 for a FREE estimate.

4. Ice Dams

A sign of poor insulation that you may notice during a Kansas City winter,aside from soaring heating bills, are ice dams. Ice dams occur when heat (rising from your poorly-insulated home) melts the bottom layer of snow off of your roof. The melted water then trickles down towards your gutters and may begin to freeze once it hits the cooler air. The weight of the newly frozen ice will cause damage, to both your gutters and your roof.

Replacing your insulation when it needs to be replaced will not only make your home more comfortable, but it can end up saving you thousands of dollars in the long run. If you think it’s time to get your insulation replaced and you want it done right, contact A+ Insulation, now.

Is Your House Winter Ready? 6 Things You Need To Do Right Away

 

kansas-city-winterThe air is getting crisp and the leaves are changing in Kansas City, fall is here and winter is coming! It’s time for all those fall home maintenance tasks. We all want to ensure our homes stay warm and in good repair all winter long. Here is a handy fall checklist for homeowners from A+ Insulation to keep you on track:

1. Seal Cracks and Gaps

window-seal

Even tiny cracks and gaps around windows and doors let in the cold winter air and allow the heat to get outside. This means your home is much less comfortable than it should be and your electric bills are much higher than necessary. Spend some time this fall checking for cracks and gaps. Fill in cracks with caulk as needed, and replace any weatherstripping that is missing or old and worn out.  

2. Reverse Your Fans

ceiling-fan

A lot of homeowners mistakenly think of ceiling fans as a summer-only household device, but fans are important in the winter too. Experts recommend switching your fans to a clockwise direction and running them on low in the winter.

 

 

3. Inspect Your Roof and Gutters

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Before the snow starts falling, it’s time to get up on a ladder and inspect your roof and gutters.

 

 

 

4. Have Your Furnace Serviced

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Annual maintenance is an important way to keep your furnace running efficiently and maximizing its lifespan. Your heating and cooling company should check for any issues and make repairs as needed. 

 

 

5. Trim Your Bushes and Trees

tree-service

Overgrown bushes and trees pose many potential hazards for homeowners. Winter storms can cause too-close branches to crash into your roof or windows. Fall is the best time to trim your bushes and trees before the winter weather makes it impossible.

 

6. Check Your Insulation

attic-insulation

If your insulation is lacking, your home will feel cold and drafty no matter how high you turn up the heat. If you’re not sure whether your home has enough insulation, have us come by to measure your insulation and add more if needed. A properly insulated home is much more comfortable and results in lower energy bills year-round.

 

Complete these fall tips around your home to gain peace of mind, a more comfortable home, lower energy bills, and to prevent damage to your house.

 

Need help to make your home more energy efficient? Contact us or call us at (913) 281-2250 or (816) 268-7511 and learn how the A+ Insulation experts can make your home energy efficient.