Keep Your House Cool During Hot Summer Months


Your home should be a nice and cool place to escape the summer heat – not a miserable continuation of it. During the hot summer months, it’s extremely important that your home is well-equipped to handle rising temperatures.

Prepare for battle

As temperatures climb, air conditioning units work harder to keep homes at a comfortable temperature. Most all homes leak their conditioned air. On average, homes have penetrations to the outdoors that add up to the size of a basketball. That means your precious, conditioned air is leaking to the outside causing your air conditioner to work harder to keep your home cool during summer. This contributes to higher than usual utility bills.

The best course of action is to seal penetrations, and make sure your insulation is at an acceptable level.

Missouri Storm Damage Repair


Missouri Storm Damage Repair

With recent storms sweeping most parts of Southwestern Missouri, we’re receiving many storm damage repair requests for gutters, soffit, fascia, and siding. If your home has been damaged you’re needing an estimate for storm damage repairs – we’re here to help. We have 6 locations throughout Missouri to service many of the areas that were affected by these storms.

Multiple Locations

  • Bolivar, MO

  • Camdenton, MO

  • Columbia, MO

  • Kimberling City, MO

  • Joplin, MO

  • Springfield, MO


Free estimates

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Why is My HVAC System Running All Day?

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During hot, summer months and cold, winter months it’s fairly typical for your HVAC system to run frequently (Note: frequently, not continually). The question is – is your home staying comfortable.

Indications of a serious problem would be a system that continually runs, your home isn’t as cool/warm as it should be, and your energy bills are quite high. Often times, insulation can mitigate these problems, and for a less expensive price tag than a new HVAC system.

In a nutshell, if your home is experiencing these symptoms, keep reading as we explain what could be causing these problems, and how you can keep your home more comfortable year round.

We, at Bolivar Insulation, have been helping homeowners improve the energy efficiencies of their homes since 1948. We have the experience and product offering to help keep your home cool in the summer and warm in the winter allowing your homes HVAC system to take a much-needed rest.

Is it Normal for My Air Conditioner or Furnace to Run All Day?

With several possibilities as to why you’re experiencing this issue, from insufficient insulation levels in your home to restricted airflow from the HVAC system, here are a few of the things that could be overworking your HVAC system.

Insufficient Insulation in your home

Yes, not having enough insulation in your home does cause stress on your HVAC system. Think of it this way – if your home is under insulated, it’s losing the conditioned air inside your home. The higher rate at which you lose conditioned air means your HVAC system has to work that much harder to keep up and replace the lost conditioned air.

Traditional insulation materials like fiberglass and cellulose still allow for air movement into and out of your home which is why the US Department of Energy encourages creating an air seal in your home.

Spray foam insulation will create an air seal preventing the loss of conditioned air which helps to keep your home comfortable year-round. Ultimately this air seal will help play an important role in reducing your monthly energy bills, and lower the stress placed on your HVAC system to circulate conditioned air throughout your home.

Restricted Airflow from the HVAC System

With several reasons that could cause a restriction in airflow from your HVAC system, tracing the source of the issue isn’t always an easy task. Below are a few of the more common signs and symptoms we have gathered that might indicate restricted air flow from the HVAC system.

  • Airflow at vents is conditioned, but weak

  • Dirty air filters

  • Closed/Blocked vents in your home

  • The ductwork is damaged, improperly sized, even disconnected

  • The HVAC unit may be experiencing issues

Your HVAC Unit is too Small

You’ve got the conditioned air you want, but it doesn’t reach the whole house. Making sure your HVAC system is sized according to the space it is trying to condition should be a no brainer. If the unit is too small, it will continuously run in attempt to maintain or even reach to set temperature in your home.

Continual running of your HVAC system will reduce the lifespan of your HVAC system which can be a costly repair. If this is an issue for you, you can mitigate this problem with the addition of insulation in your home. Preferably, you would air seal your home, to maximize efficiencies.

Homes that have been spray foam insulated actually have the ability to use a smaller HVAC system. This is possible because spray foam insulation seals the home.

You’re Not Maintaining Your HVAC System Regularly

Typically, air filters should be changed every 3 months depending on how often the unit runs. Failure to do so could end up costing you in HVAC repair costs as the unit becomes more damaged. 

Give Your HVAC a Break

There are things you can do to give your HVAC system a break. You can use ceiling fans to help move the air around the home. Make sure your fan is set to the right setting for the time of year you’re in. You can also make sure you aren’t setting your thermostat too low or high, and set a program for when you leave the house or go to bed.

If you believe your insulation is the culprit or that your home is under insulated please don’t hesitate to give us a call for a free, no obligation estimate.


Springfield City Utilities Insulation Rebate


Springfield City Utilities Customers can save big between December 15th, 2018 and March 31st, 2019 on insulation upgrades with their residential insulation rebate! Springfield City Utilities is offering a 30% rebate on insulation up to $400.

Installing additional insulation to your home not only helps your home to stay more comfortable during harsh weather, but also improves your homes energy efficiency. When compared to other energy saving options like solar panels, solar water heating, and heat pumps, insulation gives you the most bang for your buck – and with the rebate from City Utilities, now is the perfect time to improve your homes insulation.

Historically, during promotional rebate programs Bolivar Insulation of Springfield has seen a large surge of homeowners take advantage of these great offers. We encourage those that are interested to reach out quickly so that we can get you scheduled.

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Keep Gutters Clean with Gutter Guards


Why Gutter Guards?

Gutter cleaning isn't fun, at all. Having to get up early on your day off, wrestle the ladder and scurry up and down all day with various tools and things just to get your gutter cleaning duties done. It's a hassle, and a dangerous one at that! That's exactly why we say give it a rest – invest in gutter guards, and leave the gutter cleaning to the pros.

    Gutter Guard Styles

    There are many styles of gutter guards that fit several different applications and budgets.

    1. Reverse curve
    2. Mesh
    3. Bottle brush
    4. Nylon
    5. Non-gutter cover
    6. Foam type

    About each style of gutter guard

    Reverse Curve Gutter Guards

    We primarily install the reverse curve style gutter guards. Reverse curve gutter guards allow water to run over the edge and collect in the gutter, while debris runs off. This style accomplishes the two primary goals of a gutter guard – keep gutters clean, and maintain the original functionality of the gutter. To boot, this style of gutter guard also provides a seamless, decorative look that can add character and architectural interest to a home.

    Mesh Gutter Guards

    With this style of gutter guard, the guard is made of a porous mesh which allows water to penetrate leaving behind the debris. Again, this accomplishes the primary goals of a gutter guard. While this style of gutter guard is extremely common, they may still collect some debris depending on the profile design.

    Bottle Brush Gutter Guards

    Imagine laying a large pipe cleaner in your gutters and you'll have a good idea what a bottle brush gutter guard is.

    Bottle Brush gutter guards are essentially made of a porous material that allows water to penetrate, while holding back the debris that often times accompanies rainwater. While this style of gutter guard might be better than open gutters, it's fairly ineffective – often times not giving remedy to the problems homeowners were trying to fix.

    Nylon Gutter Guards

    Much like a custom pool noodle that fits inside your gutter, nylon gutter guards are another way to combat debris in your gutters. Made from a porous nylon material, these gutters guards are fit inside the gutter, leaving essentially the same functionality as before. One fallback we note is that these have a hard time keeping up with heavy rainfall.

    Non-gutter cover

    Interesting in concept – the non-gutter cover is essentially a series of angled louvres that essentially take rainwater from the roof and disperses it into small rain-sized droplets that fall to the ground below. Leaves and debris either wash off, or blow away. A common problem with this style is that you have little to no control over where the water runoff goes. Potentially opening you up to several problems down the road.

    Foam Type Gutter Guards

    Again, very similar to a pool noodle, and the Nylon style gutter guards, only these are a non-hollow piece that fits with the gutters. This style of gutter guard has the same problem with excessive rainwater as nylon gutter guards.

    Why we prefer the reverse curve

    Not all things are created equal – this especially rings true with gutter guards. The reverse curve style gutter guard is what we prefer, and for a couple of reasons. First, the reverse curve gutter guard is excellent at keeping gutters free of debris. Secondly, they do not inhibit the gutters function in diverting rainwater. Afterall, your gutters are in place for a reason – to divert rain water from your home.

    What to Know Before You Invest in Attic Insulation


    A Homeowners Guide to Attic Insulation and Understanding Home Comfort, Energy Efficiency and the Vital Role It Plays in Getting the Most From Your Dollar. 


    Attic Insulation: The Most Important part of insulating Your Home for Comfort and Energy Savings

    Ignored. Never entered. Out of sight and out of mind. We're all guilty of ignoring our attic space – we're here to explain why your attic space should be top-of-mind.

    While you don’t hang out in your attic, it’s the most important part of your home in terms of your family’s comfort and lowering your utility costs. Attic insulation is the most commonly overlooked part of a home both, while you live in it, as well as, when it was being built. 

    Most attic insulation is installed to the lowest possible standard, at the cheapest possible cost, while cutting the most corners during the home building process. 



    Your Attic insulation Performance May Surprise You! 

    Most attics leak over 70% of the air (and energy) from inside your home. Why? Because sealing the structural part of your attic was not part of the building code process until after 2012. 

    A Leaky attic costs you hundreds of dollars each year and thousands over time! 

    This means air sealing and insulating your attic is the right first step in making your home more comfortable, energy efficient and lowering your monthly utility bills—FOREVER! 



    Is Your Attic Insulation Performing Like a 1975 Buick Station Wagon? 

    Technologies change, and insulation technology is no different. Chances are good if your attic insulation is old fiberglass that hasn’t been updated or improved upon, your home is getting the equivalent “fuel economy” of an old Buick. 

    In 1975 attic insulation building code was 3” or R-10. Today’s Energy Star Standard is 17” or R-60 which provides optimum comfort, energy efficiency and 25% to 50% energy savings! 


    poorly sealed Homes with little attic insulation and the Oven-to-Igloo Syndrome


    poor attic insulation makes the home feel like an oven. 

    poor attic insulation makes the home feel like an igloo. 


    Energy Star Standard Attic Insulation And Air Sealing Stops the Oven-to-Igloo Syndrome


    The Case to Replace attic Insulation

    Because air sealing is the most important first step in high performance attic insulation, in many cases the old insulation is simply in the way and would be better off completely removed.


    Your attic could be a candidate to completely remove and replace the old insulation if: 

    • The attic is under-insulated

    • The attic insulation is poorly installed

    • The attic insulation material is unhealthy (fiberglass, rockwool, vermiculite, asbestos, etc.)

    • There is a lot of dust, debris and or rodent infestation present

    • The attic insulation is old (10+ years)


    Air Sealing & R-60 Energy Star Standard Attic Insulation Results

    Attics that are air-sealed before insulating to Energy Star standards outperform attics simply insulated by “adding more” by 4 to 1. In most cases, air-sealed and insulated attics achieve an average energy savings of 29% to 64% and produce a 10% or greater Return-On-Investment. 



    High Performance Attic Insulation Techniques Transform Your Home From an Uncomfortable Energy "Hog" to a Comfy, Cozy Energy Star!

    Using State-of-the=Art Insulation Products and Techniques, We Can Make Your Home Comfortable While Reducing Utility Bills 25–70%!

    Why We Are In Business & What We Believe

    • BREAKING THE STATUS QUO – We believe your home or building deserves more than bare minimum, obsolete building code insulation materials, techniques, and methods.

    • IMPROVED COMFORT – We believe your home or building should be the place that provides you greater warmth and comfort.

    • IMPROVED HEALTH – We believe your home or building should be healthy and not bring harm to people inside.

    • HIGHER EFFICIENCY – We believe your home or building should not waste energy.

    • GREATER VALUE – We believe your home or building should bring value.



    Our Bolivar office is relocating!

    Our new location brings a high level of visibility to our brand - something our old location failed to do.
    — Stacy Breesawitz, Branch Manager

    BOLIVAR, MO – Bolivar Insulation, a G5 Enterprises Company with 6 locations across Southwestern Missouri, is moving its Bolivar, Missouri branch to a new location in Bolivar to better serve customers. The new location at 4728 S. 131st Rd. Bolivar, MO 65613 Spans roughly 10,000 square feet. The new location has 1,500 square feet of showroom space that will showcase the full line of products the location utilizes. The new location is scheduled to begin operations out of the new building August 1st.

    Branch Manager, Stacy Breesawitz also says, "We're excited to move into a more updated building that we hope will better serve our customers. It's a great step for our company, and we look forward to growing our business in the area." The more visible location just West of highway 13 in the commercial development area is a great move for the business; gaining better exposure, a much better showroom, and having a much more accessible warehouse. Bolivar Insulation is looking forward to continuing serving its great customers for another 70 years.

    For more information, contact Ian Yates at 417-761-8001 or and please visit and


    Joplin Church Gets Gutters

    A church in Joplin has received new gutters and downspouts to help with their watershed problems. We're not afraid of heights. If you're needing gutters, we'd be glad to help! Get a quote online.