Monthly Archives: February 2017

Free Home Energy Evaluation, Why Wouldn’t You Have This Done?

A+-insulation-kansas-city-old-houseThe first oil crisis we faced over 35 years ago sent us scrambling to design more energy-efficient homes and plug the leaks in our existing homes. Despite everything we’ve learned over the last four decades, we continue to live in homes that leak energy.

Older Homes Aren’t Doomed to be Hopeless Energy Drains

A+-insulation-kansas-city-tiny-houses-with-tin-roofsThere are many positive features of older homes that can potentially, if they don’t already, provide energy-saving qualities. For instance, tin roofs are popular in older homes and can be restored to help reflect solar heat and keep the house cool. The biggest concern for homeowners of older houses in relation to energy waste is air leakage, followed by improper insulation. A home energy evaluation allows homeowners to prioritize their energy-saving projects to receive an excellent return on their investment.

In an older home, the task of improving energy efficiency may seem daunting, so breaking it down into smaller projects is an effective strategy. The first step to reduce your energy costs is to identify the spots where your home is losing energy. If only a qualified professional technician would do this for free. Wait, A+ Insulation offers a free home energy evaluation? Why wouldn’t you have this done?

Your Walls are Leaking!

A+-insulation-kansas-city-water-faucetThe thought of performing costly home maintenance typically scares homeowners from having a proper inspection done on their home. Putting off home energy evaluations as an attempt to avoid a potentially large bill is common, but also completely backwards. In fact, a home energy evaluation can save you money on your monthly energy bills! A+ Insulation is right here in Kansas City and can help homeowners see where energy, and their hard-earned money, is being wasted.

A Visual Inspection Reveals Energy Leaks

A+-insulation-kansas-city-visual-home-inspectionAn energy assessment will determine where you require additional insulation and where you have leaks. As a homeowner, it’s beneficial to be aware of your home’s problem areas. When these areas are repaired or sealed it can make a huge difference to your home’s heating and cooling costs. The professionals from A+ Insulation will begin with a visual inspection of your walls.

Start from the Top of the House, Your Attic Needs Help!

A+-insulation-kansas-city-attic-insulationThe first place to look is the attic, because heat rises. On a cold day your house acts like a big chimney pulling heat through every gap and crevice in the floors and walls to the top of the house. The difference between the high pressure in the attic and the lower pressure outside drives the warm air through the roof, literally.


Taking care of your attic insulation can increase the energy efficiency of your home up to 40%.

A+-insulation-kansas-city-couple-cold-at-homeThis sets off a chain reaction where the low pressure near the foundation of your house attempts to balance by sucking in the cold, exterior air. The colder it is outside, the greater the pressure differentiation is inside the house, leading to increased heat loss. Those cool “drafts” you feel inside your home are an indication.

Where Exterior Walls Leak the Most

A+-insulation-kansas-city-home-where-siding-meets-chimenyOn the outside of your home, we’ll look for places where building materials join including:

  • Corners and areas where the chimney meets the siding
  • Water faucets and gas lines
  • Sections where the foundation meets the siding
  • Any point where an opening has been cut into the walls or doors because this is a great place for small gaps to form

Where Interior Walls Leak the Most

A+-insulation-kansas-city-squirrel-in-dryer-ventInside your home, there are numerous opportunities for leaks to occur, such as:

  • Electrical outlets and switch plates
  • Window and door frames, weather stripping
  • Baseboards
  • Vents and mounted AC units
  • Fireplace dampers
  • Phone and cable TV lines
  • Gas and electrical service entrances
  • Dryer vents

Once You Find the Leaks, Close the Gaps!

Consider all the places in your home where the structure has been compromised in order to accommodate ducting, plumbing, wiring and fixtures. Each time a hole was cut through the ceiling or roof, a potential leak was created. These are relatively easy issues for insulation professionals to fix. A+ Insulation can help you choose the right materials and ensure you have the correct insulation in your walls. Remember, insulation is designed to slow down heat loss, not to stop airflow.

A+-insulation-kansas-city-spray-foam-insulationOnce homeowners are aware of the potential improvements needed in their home’s insulation, they can plan accordingly to repair them. Not every household is set up financially to tackle costly home improvement projects at the drop of a hat. The benefit of having a home energy evaluation is using the knowledge and advice offered by our technician to make a plan for what to address first, second, etc.

In general, the most important areas for homeowners to make sure are properly insulated are attics and crawlspaces. By tackling these areas first, they are insuring the most bang for their buck.

A Home Energy Evaluation is Free!

The biggest thing for homeowners to remember about our home energy evaluations is that there is no cost for having them done. At A+ Insulation, our technicians will go through your home and determine what is insulated properly and what might need additional or replacement insulation. Your A+ Insulation technician will then give you an estimate to repair the problem areas. The best part about it? There are no strings attached.

If you’re interested in seeing how much your utility costs can be cut, click here or call (913) 281-2250 or (816) 268-7511 to schedule an appointment with our technicians at A+ Insulation to get your Free Home Energy Evaluation!

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Inside Your Insulation: Attic Insulation vs. Roof Insulation

A+-insulation-kansas-city-atticFor those not in the insulation field, the differences between attic insulation and roof insulation can be hard to distinguish. While both aim to better insulate your home and to reduce heating and cooling bills, there are a few things to know about these types of insulation installations.

Attic Insulation vs. Roof Insulation: What’s The Difference?

The biggest difference between these two types of insulation is where they are installed. Attic insulation is installed in the ceiling plane, while roof insulation is installed on the roof slope itself, above and below the rafters.

How Do I Know If I Need More of Either?

It’s easy to see if your home is lacking either of these types of insulation, throw on some gloves, grab your ruler, and simply measure the thickness of your insulation layer. The U.S. Department of Energy recommends adding more insulation if you measure less than 11 inches of rock wool or fiberglass, or less than 8 inches of cellulose.

Which is More Common to be Lacking in Kansas City Homes?

Most homes, including Kansas City, are lacking in roof insulation. Many builders primarily insulate the attic because it is cheaper and easier to install, and roof insulation is often under insulated.

If I Only Have a Little Money, Which Should I Do First?

In an ideal world, homeowners would have adequate attic and roof insulation, but in the real world, that is not always feasible. If you have a set budget for upgrading your home’s insulation, go for the attic insulation first, as it is cheaper to install and more profitable for you in the long run.

Which Will Save Me More Money?

Attic insulation will save you the most money initially, since the insulation is in the ceiling plane, which is the first layer of insulation between your home’s temperature and the temperature outdoors.

Hopefully you now have a better understanding of the differences, pros, and cons of both roof insulation and attic insulation. Both are critical to provide  adequate insulation for your home, and provide substantial energy savings when installed correctly.

We pride ourselves on quality insulation installation, and would be happy to help you figure out the best insulation solution for your home.