Before coming to work at Dr. Energy Saver by Eco Energy Solutions, Michael was lead foreman for a relocation company. Michael brings his experience as a health and safety coordinator for a construction company to his current position. Michael is OSHA Certified. He has also been certified as an AMAA Window Installer by Sunrise Windows.
In his spare time, Michael enjoys spending time with his daughter, hiking, golfing and watching movies.
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This homeowner was experiencing a significant amount of humidity in their basement. Our Building Science Expert evaluated the problem and found that using the 2-part expanding foam insulation on the rim joist and over the sill plate would be the perfect solution. This decreased the humidity in the basement and the homeowner saw immediate results. In addition to there being less humidity, the overall air leakage to the house was reduced dramatically.
End plates are at the top of every single wall in the home. The problem with end plates is there's generally a quarter inch to an inch gap left during construction of the home. This allows for air leakage which lets the cool air escape the home in the summer and warm air to escape in the winter.
When the hot air leaks into your attic in the winter, ice dams occur on your roof. Ice dams can cause thousands of dollars of damage to your home!
Air sealing end plates is the first, and most important, of multiple treatments to eliminate ice damming.
This homeowner experienced huge amounts of air leakage which caused heat loss in the winter and conditioned air in the summer, driving up energy costs for heating and cooling the home. Our team installed the Super Knee Wall system, which uses SilverGlo rigid foam insulation. These panels create a continuous air and insulation barrier beneath the roof of the home. With the Super Knee Wall insulation installed, the homeowner was able to experience a significant change in their energy consumption as well as their energy costs.
This homeowner in Simsbury, CT called us out to their home to replace old inefficient fiberglass insulation. Especially without air sealing, Fiberglass is not an efficient form of insulation. The attic also had some mold in it, which can be very unhealthy.
We removed all of the old, fiberglass insulation and properly disposed of the materials. Next, we fog our Mold-X treatment throughout the attic to neutralize any nooks and crannies that can be affected. Now we are ready for the next step. We seal up all top plates and any areas where air can escape from the home into the attic and be lost with foam. Now we are ready to blow our Truoft Cellulose insulation into the attic. Cellulose will fill in any odd-shaped voids and gaps. Now, thanks to Dr. Energy Saver by Eco Energy Solutions, this home is more energy efficient!
In this before photo, you can see the attic after all of the old, nasty fiberglass was removed!
We met this homeowner in Lenox, MA at the Lenox Apple Squeeze where they told us about the musty smell in their basement. One of the culprits was this old door at the bottom of the hatch steps letting in moisture.
We removed the old door and installed proper framing. We then hung the new energy efficient door with weather stripping and sealed any spots where air could leak in.
Thanks to Dr. Energy Saver by Eco Energy Solutions, the inside of the home is properly sealed off from the outside, keeping out moisture and harsh winter and summer temperatures.
This homeowner called us out to their home in South Windsor, CT to help them with their freezing cold basement. When we conducted our full home Energy Evaluation we noticed that their basement walls were insulated with fiberglass insulation. Fiberglass insulation will not work efficiently on its own, we know that if there isn't something covering the open side of the fiberglass insulated walls air is easily able to travel in and out of the home. In the winter this can create freezing cold basements, and cold floors above. We knew what we needed to do to help this homeowner.
We install our Fomax foam boards on the basement walls covering the fiberglass. We make sure to fasten the foam boards with Dr. Energy Saver's Foam-Tite Fasteners to keep the board in place. Now that the board is up, the fiberglass isn't left to try and do all the work on its own. Thanks to Dr. Energy Saver by Eco Energy Solutions, this is now a comfortable, warmer basement for this homeowner!
This homeowner in Windsor Locks, CT had just purchased their home and knew there was work to be done with the insulation. Cape Cod style homes often have poorly insulated kneewall spaces, and we can help.
The old insulation was dirty, ineffective, and falling apart so we started by removing it. Once the space was clean, we installed our SilverGlo graphite infused EPS foam with radiant barrier to keep the heat from the roof out and the heat from the home in. Lastly, we sealed the spaces between the boards.
Thanks to Dr. Energy Saver by Eco Energy Solutions, this home is far more energy efficient and comfortable.
These homeowners in Southwick, MA were looking to insulate a three season porch.
We removed the ineffective foam board that was previously in between the joists and installed our SilverGlo graphite infused EPS foam and seal in between each board. The radiant barrier on the SilverGlo will keep heat out in the summer and in during the winter.
Thanks to Dr. Energy Saver by Eco Energy Solutions, these homeowners can enjoy this porch all year round.
This homeowner in Pittsfield, MA had old, leaky basement windows. Single pane glass windows with metal frames let lots of cold air leak into your home.
We removed those old windows and replaced them with our high efficiency double pane glass windows which let in light while still blocking most of the heat flow.
Thanks to Dr Energy Saver by Eco Energy Solutions, this homeowner now has beautiful basement windows to keep the home comfortable whether it's hot or cold.
This homeowner called us out to their home in Enfield, CT looking into getting new insulation in their home due to cold, drafty rooms and a damp basement. We noticed that their basement door was old, not air sealed, or pressure treated. This can cause issues such as cold/hot homes in the summer and winter. This can also lead to damp basements due to condensation from warm, humid air in the summer. We knew what we needed to do to help these homeowners become more comfortable in their home.
First, we know that we need to remove the old, drafty door. We take out the old door and framing. Then we install proper framing for the new door. Next, we install our pressure treated, insulated door that has weather stripping around itself. Now, the outside air and conditions will not be able to enter this home. The outside air stays outside, and the inside air stays inside. Thanks to Dr. Energy Saver by Eco Energy Solutions, these homeowners can now live comfortable, and happy in their home.
This homeowner had issues with high energy bills and felt drafts coming from the attic through the scuttle hole. A scuttle hole is necessary for access up into the attic, especially in homes like this one with ducts in the attic, but they allow a significant amount of air to leak through them.
The ceiling around the scuttle hole was cracked so we first repaired that and added a frame around the hole. We added our SilverGlo insulation foam board around the hole on the side of the attic. SilverGlo is infused with graphite and has a radiant barrier face to stop heat from passing up from the home in the winter, and down from the attic in the summer. The scuttle cover was then weather-stripped to stop air leakage and a piece of SilverGlo is added to it to fit in snugly with the boards place around it up in the attic.
Thanks to Dr. Energy Saver by ECO Energy Solutions, this homeowner is no longer experiencing high energy costs or drafts.
This homeowner in Enfield, CT had recently purchased their home and were shocked at how high their energy costs were. They had an old door in their basement that lead to hatch steps outside that could maybe stop a racoon from getting in, but was not doing much to stop the flow of cold outside air into the home.
We removed the old door and framing, replacing it will proper framing and a new insulated exterior door with weather stripping and locking knob. We also went ahead and insulated the rim joist!
Thanks to Dr. Energy Saver by Eco Energy Solutions, the outside is now properly sealed off from the inside of the home.
These homeowners in Lebanon, CT were worried about their pipes freezing. If the basement and crawlspace are not sealed and insulated, heat coming off of the furnace or boiler is lost through leaks as well as by conduction through block walls.
To start, we sealed the rim joist with spray foam and addressed any air leaks. We then secured our SilverGlo foam to the walls to prevent any more loss of heat. SilverGlo is infused with graphite and has a reflective radiant barrier to keep in heat in the winter. For the portion of the home that was crawlspace, we made sure to address the dirt floor under that old tarp which we removed. We put down a dimpled matting to keep an air break, then TerraBlock floor insulation, and finally our vapor barrier to keep any moisture from getting up into the home.
Thanks to Dr. Energy Saver by Eco Energy Solutions, these homeowners can have peace of mind by not having to worry about losing heat or having their pipes freeze when winter rolls in.
This homeowner in Springfield, MA called in after seeing us on TV. He had a dirt crawlspace with such an issue with moisture that he feared the structural integrity of the floor above it.
We start by sealing air leaks to the outside air. We then insulate the walls with our graphite infused SilverGlo foam that has a radiant barrier face to double down on keeping heat out. We lay down a dimpled plastic drainage matting to create airspace followed by our TerraBlock floor insulation, and we finish off with a vapor barrier liner.
Thanks to Dr. Energy Saver by Eco Energy Solutions, this crawlspace is now dry and no longer presenting a hazard for the homeowner.
These homeowners in Storrs Mansfield, CT had issues with their basement being cold and energy bills being high. For those with laundry set ups in the basement, it is extra important for the basement to be comfortable and not have to worry about freezing pipes. Not only that, but a basement that is not properly air sealed will let cold air from outside up into the home, making the heating system work harder to keep the home warm.
There was ineffective fiberglass insulation that we had to remove before starting our process, it was starting to fall apart and would only deteriorate further if left in. We sealed the rim joist with expanding foam and installed our Foamax polyiso insulation foam board onto the walls with our Foam-Tite fasteners. Foamax has flame retardant properties as well as a foil facing to reflect heat to keep it in.
Thanks to Dr. Energy Saver by Eco Energy Solutions, these homeowners will no longer have to be uncomfortable in their basement or worry about high energy bills.
This homeowner in Chicopee, MA was having issues with drafts in their home that they were looking to fix. Old metal framed, single pane windows allow the heat from inside the home escape both through the glass and the thermally conductive metal. A lot of air is also able to leak into the home.
We removed the old windows and installed our Everlast high efficiency vinyl window inserts. The windows feature two panes of high efficiency glass that allows light in without letting heat to escape. The vinyl will not rust, rot or need paint, making it perfect for the damp environment outside of the window.
Thanks to Dr. Energy Saver by Eco Energy Solutions, this house will no longer have drafts coming up into the home!
This customer in Holyoke, MA called us out because of a concern they were having in their home. Their concern was that they could not keep their home or family room warm in the winter. This was caused by a lack of proper insulation in the attic of the home. Without proper insulation air can leak into your attic and out of your home, making it difficult and costly to keep a home warm.
To fix this, we use our SuperPlatform treatment. First we need to remove the existing insulation. Our installers remove all of the old insulation, bag it up, and properly dispose of the materials. Since this home contains an HVAC system in their attic we have make sure there is a proper walkway, or catwalk in the attic. This makes it so that service can be done correctly and safely in a space where there are mechanics. Next, we lay our 4" SilverGlo foam board across the wooded walkway. This will increase the insulation value by 24%. We want to make sure that none of the blown in insulation we are installing will get on to our new walkway. Next, we have to install plywood over the foam board and held in place by long screws and washers. Following this step, we dense pack TruSoft cellulose insulation into any space beneath the catwalk that is not filled. Thanks to Dr. Energy Saver by Eco Energy Solutions, this customer is warmer and ecstatic with the temperature in their home!
This homeowner in Wilbraham, MA had issues with freezing pipes and keeping their home warm. They had an insulated, but not quite effective door leading from hatch steps to the outside into the basement that was letting the cold in. There was a foil facing but the door was made of wood and was starting to splinter and deteriorate.
We started by removing the old door and frame. Once we installed updated framing, we installed our insulated door with weather stripping and a locking knob. Outside air will no longer be able to get in, meaning a warmer basement in the winter, and less humidity in the summer.
Thanks to Dr. Energy Saver by Eco Energy Solutions, pipes will no longer freeze and the homeowner will be more comfortable.
Homeowner was referred to us by a prior client! He was experiencing issues with allergens in the basement including mold, dampness, and dust. This was a 1900's foundation wicking moisture into the home. Our Dr Energy Saver solution included the implementation of a Clean Space Encapsulation.
This homeowner in Stafford Springs, CT knew he had to upgrade the insulation in his crawlspace. Even at a quick glance it is clear that the old insulation was sagging and falling off the crawlspace ceiling, which leaves space for cold air to push up into the home causing cold floors and making the home harder to heat.
We started by pulling out the old, ineffective insulation. We then installed our SilverGlo foam board with special long screws and sealed any seams. SilverGlo is not only an excellent insulator, but it's not sagging or budging any time soon.
Thanks to Dr. Energy Saver by Eco Energy Solutions, this homeowner no longer has to worry about the cold seeping up into the home for the foreseeable future.
This homeowner in Ashford, CT was creating a studio above his garage that he could use all year round.
We attached our Insulweb polypropylene netting to joists on the ceiling and walls, this creates a cavity for our TruSoft cellulose to be installed in. Once in place, we cut small slits in the Insulweb that we can then insert a hose into to densely pack in our Trusoft cellulose. For these dormers, we also installed our Foamax Polyiso board in the triangular wall space above the window and sealed around them to keep drafts out.
Thanks to Dr. Energy Saver by Eco Energy Solutions, this studio can stay warm in the winter and cool in the summer and is ready to be finished off with drywall if the homeowner decides to later on.
This homeowner in Belchertown, MA was having issues with mold and uncomfortable temperatures in their basement. We removed all of their old, ineffective fiberglass insulation. Next, we sprayed our Mold-X mold killing spray to the affected areas. Then we use our spray foam insulation along the rim joists to stop cold air from entering the home. Now we can install our Foamax insulation boards along the concrete walls. Thanks to Dr. Energy Saver by Eco Energy Solutions, this home is more comfortable, and energy efficient!!!
This homeowner in Deerfield, MA had been living with ineffective insulation and finally reached us when she realized it was not doing as good of a job insulating the home as it could have been.
We removed the old, soiled insulation and now with a fresh clean slate, we can go in and seal any air leaks that were previously buried under the batts of insulation, which did nothing to stop the the convective loop of heated air from inside the home. We then blew in 20 inches of our TruSoft cellulose, which over the following days settles down to 17 inches, or R70.
Thanks to Dr. Energy Saver by Eco Energy Solutions, this home will be far easier to heat and keep comfortable this winter.
These homeowners in Woodstock, CT had issues with their home being cold. One of the main issues was cold air coming up through their open crawlspace. There was batt insulation in the crawlspace ceiling, but as often happens with batts, it was beginning to sag, leaving space for cold air to get up into the floors and up through the home. This issue would only get worse over time if left unchecked and the cycle will only continue if batt insulation is reinstalled.
We began by pulling out the batted insulation. We then installed our SilverGlo insulation foam across the bottom of the floor joists, or some may call the crawlspace ceiling. The foam is rigid and will not sag or pull away from the joists, there is also a radiant barrier facing on the SilverGlo which will stop conductive heat loss by keeping the warm air inside the home in. The SilverGlo is fastened into place with special long screws and any spaces between them are sealed with expanding foam.
Thanks Dr. Energy Saver by Eco Energy, this home is far more comfortable.
This new homeowner in Leverett, MA wanted to make sure her home was energy efficient and ready for winter before moving in. There was a thin, brittle foam board on the underside of the home which clearly would not hold up over time or have as much insulation value as needed.
We took out the old foam boards and replaced them with our 4-inch SilverGlo foam board insulation held into place with special long screws. SilverGlo has a radiant barrier face to ensure the insulation isn't doing all the work on its own. Any seams were sealed with foam, and in this case, we also sprayed load bearing beams set below the foam boards to stop conduction to and from the home.
Thanks to Dr. Energy Saver by Eco Energy Solutions, this homeowner will have a home that will brave the winter comfortably.
This homeowner in Bernardston, MA had insulation that was not working as well as it should have. We took a look at their home and noticed that their kneewall was not properly insulated and air sealed, allowing cold outside air to come into the home.
We removed the old insulation and radiant barrier. While our SilverGlo that we installed also has a radiant barrier, which works well to reflect heat, not much was being done to stop the flow of air. We installed our SilverGlo into the joists and meticulously sealed any cracks and crevices.
Thanks to Dr. Energy Saver by Eco Energy Solutions, this home is now more energy efficient and comfortable!
This homeowner in Millbury, MA called us out to their home to update their attic insulation. Due to having inefficient insulation they were experiencing snow melt on the roof! Some spots were too hot and others were too cold. This home was insulated with old fiberglass insulation, which does not stop airflow!
We know we needed to remove all of the old, inefficient fiberglass insulation in this knee wall space. We bag up and properly dispose of the materials and move on to installing our SilverGlo! We install our blocks of Silverglo foam insulation board between the ceiling joist bays, and under the rafters. Around the blocks are air sealed with foam. Now, inside air is not able to escape out of the home and outside air is not able to enter! Thanks to Dr. Energy Saver by Eco Energy Solutions this home is more comfortable, energy-efficient, and no longer has snow melt!
This office in Avon, CT contacted us about high energy costs and heat loss. There was ductwork in the attic exposed to the extreme temperatures of the attic.
We sealed and insulated the ducts with 1 inch of closed cell spray foam making it air tight. For main lines such as this one, we also place our SilverGlo graphite infused and foil faced foam to create a radiant barrier at the top of the ducts.
Thanks to Dr. Energy Saver by Eco Energy Solutions, these ducts will no longer be affected by the temperature of the attic.
These homeowners in West Hartford, CT had been experiencing drafts for some time and decided that it was time to make their home more comfortable. There were ducts running through the attic, which, being vented, exposed the ducts to extreme temperatures, making it harder to heat and cool the home.
The existing insulation was ineffective and soiled in some spots and had to be removed. The batts were pulled out, and the blown in insulation was vacuumed out to get a clean slate. We then got to work installing our SilverGlo graphite infused foam insulation board on the underside of the roof and the gable end. There is a foil face on either side of the boards to keep heat from the roof out in the summer and keep warm air from the home in during the winter. The ducts in the attic no longer have to work as hard to maintain the temperature of the air running through them.
Thanks to Dr. Energy Saver by Eco Energy Solutions, these homeowners can feel comfortable in their home all year round.