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Feelin’ the Love at A+ Insulation in Kansas City

insulation kansas city love homeAt A+ Insulation, we work hard to take care of our customers and have since opening our doors back in 2004. We value doing the job right, not cutting corners, and standing behind our work. Our technicians are not only masters of their craft, but they’re dedicated customer service experts. We value each and every customer and thank them for trusting us to get the job done for them. Here are a few reasons why our customers love  us and why you should call us for your home insulation needs .

Angie’s List Super Service Award Winner

Proof of our dedication to customer service is winning the Angie’s List Super Service Award five years in a row. The Super Service Award honors excellence among service and health providers who maintain superior service ratings and reviews on Angie’s List. This means we are among the top 5% of service businesses on Angie’s List in the Kansas City area.

See what other awards and certifications we have won:

Memberships & Affiliations
  • Blow-In-Blanket Contractors Association (BIBCA)
Green Certifications
  • EnergyStar.gov – Home Performance with energy Star
  • Green Seal Certification – www.greenseal.org
  • NAHB – National Association of Home Builders Certified Green Professional
Awards
  • Building Solutions Specialist
  • Certainteed Certified Master Craftsman
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We Let Our Work, and Our Customers, Speak for Us

We don’t want you to take our word for it. If you’re looking to see what customers have to say about us, check out the customer testimonials on our webpage, as well as on other review sites, like Google+ and Facebook. Hear what people are saying about us, and see if it helps you decide if we earned that A+ in our name.

Review by a homeowner in Overland Park, KS

Project: Install or Upgrade Batt, Rolled or Reflective Insulation

“Mike O’Hara and his team were very professional! Offered a great presentation on the services they offered and explained every step in detail. It was great to watch the whole procedure, crews were wonderful and the clean up was great! I would highly recommend them!”

Review by a homeowner in Olathe, KS

Project: Install or Upgrade Blown-in Insulation

“We noticed an immediate improvement in the amount of time our A/C was running during brutally hot days.”

Review by a homeowner in Kansas City

“Mike goes over every possible way to save money and is happy to give his expert advice with a non-biased attitude. When asking his opinion, he would tell me straight, but would never push his opinion on me. Mike was helpful, easy to work with, and significantly less expensive than any other company we got quotes from. He charges by the square foot, not by the job, and he includes patching and spackle in his pricing. He comes highly recommended.

Review by a homeowner in Olathe, KS

Project: Install Spray Foam Insulation

“Excellent customer service. Very knowledgeable, great communication, very reliable.”

Review by a homeowner in Kansas City

“From the beginning I knew Mike and his team at A+ Insulation would do a great job. When Mike came to give us the estimate, both he and I climbed up in the attic to look around. He didn’t just peek his head up in the attic. He was willing to show me (a woman) what he was going to be doing. While we were up there, he found exposed wires and lighting that were a fire hazard and needed to be taken care of before insulation could be installed. He even offered to do these things for us. His staff was friendly, and cleaned up the area when they were finished. I could have paid less somewhere else, but you get what you pay for. Peace of mind is priceless.

Review by a homeowner in Spring Hill, KS

Project: Install or Upgrade Batt, Rolled or Reflective Insulation

I have used a lot of Insulation contractors over the years and this is the best so far. I am glad we have found someone who still believes in a quality job.”

Need more convincing? Check out our over 125 reviews on Home Advisor.

We want to be your insulation company!If you have any questions about our work, our materials, our technicians, or our prices, we will be happy to answer any questions you may have. Call us at (913) 281-2250 or (816) 268-7511.    

6 Top Reasons to Add Soundproofing Insulation to Your Man Cave

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With so many major sporting events on the horizon, you’re probably thinking about having the guys over to watch. There’s just one problem. You tend to get a little rowdy and your wife isn’t a big fan of  your kids being woken up when your favorite team hits a buzzer beater in overtime. So, when is the right time to add soundproofing insulation to our home?

  1. When you’re finishing the basement, adding soundproofing insulation won’t add any extra time to your remodel. The best part, in addition to keeping the peace, is that you will also enjoy all of the benefits of a well-insulated, newly finished basement.
  2. Maybe a pipe burst flooding the basement and you’re already doing repairs to the floor or ceiling. While you’re at it, now is the perfect time to add that soundproofing you’ve always wanted.
  3. You’re looking for a practical investment for your tax refund, and retrofitting your home with insulation is a great way to save money!
  4. You’re finally starting that band with the guys!
  5. You’re remodeling your attic or an upstairs bonus room to be your man cave. You needed more insulation anyway.
  6. You’re ready to install that totally awesome home theatre setup withthe sweet speaker system that you got for Christmas. It’s a great time to add soundproofing insulation.

Soundproofing is a great way to keep the noises of male bonding from invading  your whole home. Whatever your reason, let the experts at A+ Insulation come evaluate your home and offer suggestions.

Why stop there? Here are some other rooms of your home that would benefit from soundproofing:

  • Home movie theaters
  • Home offices
  • Workshops
  • Nurseries

Whether you decide to soundproof your man cave or just save money with new attic insulation, A+ Insulation has you covered. Call A+ Insulation at (913) 281-2250 or (816) 268-7511 or contact us online. We’d love to hear from you!

8 Fun Facts about Air Sealing

A leaky house is like walking outside with your winter coat unzipped. Without the front of your coat closed, air is able to enter and circulate around your body. This air close to your body is what makes you cold. Controlling the air, by keeping it out with a zipper, has the same effect as air sealing does for your homeinsulation kansas city air sealing.

Air sealing involves finding which parts of your home are leaking air and sealing them to control airflow. Here are some other things you may not have known about air sealing:

  1. Those drafts that make you uncomfortable in your own home are also known as air leaks.
  2. The best way to see if you have air leaks in your home is by using a special fan called a blower door. It fits in a doorway and pulls air from your home, measures how much leaks, and also can figure out where those air leaks are coming from.
  3. Did you know that a typical home leaks up to 3x the amount of air that it should? Which results in a lot of wasted money, and plenty of room for improvement.
  4. Ice dams are actually caused by air leakage into your home’s attic. The warm leaking air melts the snow on your roof which then refreezes on the edge of your cold eaves creating the ice dams.
  5. It is possible to have a house that is “too tight”. Houses need proper ventilation to ensure a supply of fresh air to keep people healthy.
  6. This problem typically arises in newer homes. If your house does have this problem, there are ways to fix this too.
  7. The technical measurement for air leakage is in a unit of measure called cubic feet per minute at 50 Pascals (CFM50), which is about the same pressure as a 20 mph wind blowing on all sides of your home. We call Pascals ‘mouse farts’ in the home repair industry because it is such a small unit of pressure.
  8. The optimum rate of air change for a house is every three hours. A very leaky house will have a rate closer to 30 minutes or an hour which is why your furnace has to work so much harder to keep up.
  9. Some of the most common places that need air sealing in homes are basements and crawlspaces, attics (around lights, fans, plumbing, chimneys), walls (around outlet covers), and flooring.

If you’d like to know more about air sealing, call A+ Insulation at (913) 281-2250 or (816) 268-7511 and we’ll be glad to help. We can even perform a free home energy evaluation to help you know where your home is losing the most energy!

 

5 of the Best Reasons to Replace Your Home’s Insulation

If you’re wondering if your home needs new insulation, and the high energy bills aren’t enough of a clue, see if any of these other opportunities to install new insulation sound familiar:

Critters and Pests

Ya+ insulation kansas city attic insulationour home should be a place of refuge, but some pests take advantage of this. If you’ve noticed critters such as raccoons, squirrels, mice, or opossums around the exterior of your home, it may be a good idea to check your attic, basement, and crawlspaces for any infestations. Rodents and insects are skilled at finding a way into your home through even the smallest of openings such as holes in the roof or vents.

If you discover any signs of pests in your attic, basement, or crawlspaces, you will want to replace insulation after repairing any damage done by the critters. This will help prevent further infestation, and unpleasant smells due to any waste left by the pests, in the future. Another reason to be sure the attic is well-insulated is that it will help seal those openings (the same ones jacking up your energy bill) critters use to enter.

Leaky Roof and Water Damage

Just like critters can sneak in through the smallest of holes, so can water. Heavy rains or flooding can compromise the walls and roof of your home. With water coming in, and no way to dry out, there’s a good chance that you’ll have a mold, mildew, or bacteria problems on your hands. Attics, walls, and basements are all susceptible to this kind of water damage.

Some types of insulation are more or less susceptible to mold growth than others. Fiberglass is a non-biodegradable material and is resistant to mold growth. Cellulose-based insulation, made of paper materials, is the ideal food source for mold if it becomes wet. Even fiberglass can have a paper backing that would serve as a buffet for mold.

Other ways to make sure your home’s moisture is under control include air sealing, proper ventilation, and insulation to prevent condensation or around pipes to keep them from freezing and bursting.

Crumbly and Old

If you’ve noticed inconsistent temperatures in your home, old insulation may be to blame. Over time, you may notice that your insulation begin to loses some of its form, and may crumble or settle. Put on a glove and feel your attic insulation. If you think it still has its elasticity and can hold a shape, that’s great. If it feels crumbly, it’s time to look at replacing it.

There are multiple other ways to see if your insulation is insufficient or losing its effect. If you have an older home, consider the simple touch test. The interior ceilings, walls and floors in your home shouldn’t feel damp or cold. When drywall and paneling inside a home feels damp or cold, this means that there is not enough insulation in the walls.

Alternatively, when touching an exterior wall from outside, it should feel cold because insulation is keeping warm air inside the home. The next time you go out to get the mail, simply touch the exterior walls of your home to see how much heat you might be losing. Whether it’s replacing insulation or simply adding more as a retrofit, you have plenty of options.

Drafts Everywhere

Whether your problem area is around a doorway, window, or in the attic, drafts are a huge problem. Though some small drafts can be eliminated with some creative caulking, you probably need some extra insulation in those problem areas too. You may think drafts are just inconvenient, but they can cost you big bucks over time.

One of the best solutions we have for drafty areas is spray foam insulation. It’s a great option because it can get down deep into those cracks and crevices and it even seals while it insulates. It’s a great option if you’re looking for a cost-effective way to start saving on your energy bill long after your blown-in insulation has settled. We can insulate any of your problem areas including basement ceilings, wall spaces, and attic floors.

Noise Control

Do you ever stop and realize just how much noise your family makes? Kids want to play with loud toys while parents try to watch a quiet show. It happens, and it probably leads to some conflict. Soundproofing insulation is your easiest solution.

In addition to reducing noise pollution from construction and trains outside, we can add soundproofing insulation to home movie theaters, playrooms, nurseries, and home offices. Soundproofing insulation will improve your quality of life by reducing noise pollution inside. We can add this either during the construction or renovation of your home or we can easily retrofit existing residences. No matter what your home is like, you can benefit from the decrease in noise and increase in peace.

If any of this sounds familiar, call A+ Insulation at (913) 281-2250 or (816) 268-7511 and we’ll be glad to inspect your home and install new insulation. We can even perform a free home energy evaluation to help you know where your home is losing the most energy!