Before joining Dr, Energy Saver, Marina worked in the customer service field for several years in both personal and group aspects. Since Brendan, the owner is her father she has always been around job sites working and learning about the process of building homes. This helps Marina understand how a building operates benefits her in creating content on our website and social media accounts. Her upbeat personality allows her to relay quality care to our customers. She took this opportunity to come to Dr. Energy saver because she wanted to help homeowners and to reduce the carbon footprint that we all influence daily. She takes pride in being able to properly help homeowners live more comfortably in their homes.
In her spare time, she enjoys creating art, as well as attending/volunteering at concerts and music festivals.
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This homeowner called us out to their home in Simsbury, CT to take a look at some problems they were having. They called us out originally to take a look at their attic because they were having Ice Damns in the winter. We went to the home and performed a full Home Energy Evaluation and while walking through the basement we noticed that they had old, nasty fiberglass insulation in their basement ceilings. We wanted to take care of this part of the home first. This was allowing a lot of air to travel from the cold/hot basement up into the home, decreasing energy efficiency. Concrete basement walls are a nuisance in the winters, the foundation of the home that sticks up from the ground is always more than 17 degrees colder than the temperature of the ground. The ground is already about 17 degrees colder than we want the temperature of our homes can be. There is no way to heat these concrete walls up, making it difficult to keep cold air out of the basement, leaking into your home. In the summer, warm humid air from outside hit these cold basement walls and condensation forms and makes this a breeding ground for mold! The rim joist is the perimeter of the floor framing of the home. The joints and gaps between framing members allow for an extensive amount of air leakage into the home. This home, like most others did not have any air sealing at their rim joist. Even if the basement ceiling is insulated, especially when it is insulated with old, fiberglass insulation it will not stop air floor from the basement into your home. With the concrete walls, old fiberglass insulation, and a rim joist that is not air sealed this created cold floors, cold/very humid basements, and higher heat and electricity bills.
To fix these issues we performed a number of our Dr. Energy Saver by Eco Energy Solutions treatments. First, we need to get rid of all that old, nasty fiberglass insulation in the basement ceiling. We properly bag up and dispose of these materials. Next, we have to install our Foamax Polyisocranurate form insulation boards over the concrete basement walls. This Fomax insulation board is flame retardant, to keep up to building code. It also has a foil facing to reflect heat to the insulation doesn't have to work alone to keep the basement cool or warm depending on the season. We install this foam board onto the walls and secure them with Dr. Energy Saver's proprietary foam-tite fasteners. Now we have successfully taken care of the concrete walls. Next, we need to air seal out rim joist. We spray our two-part expanding spray foam on the rim joist and over the top plated to seal all air leaks from the outside and insulate this important area of your home. We make sure to seal the spray foam to the Foamax walls so that no air can escape the gap there would be between the two. After this is done we have successfully air sealed and insulated this basement. Thanks to Dr. Energy Saver by Eco Energy Solutions, this homeowner can now live comfortably and energy efficiently regarding their basements and first level of their home all year round!
This homeowner called us out to their home to give them a quote for insulation and a new basement window in Simsbury, CT. They were having problems with humidity, dust and allergens, musty smells, and cold floors. We went to this home and performed our Full Home Energy Evaluation and we knew exactly what was causing these issues. There were a few things that needed to be done in order to make these homeowners more comfortable, and energy efficient in their home. In their basement, these homeowners had an old, rotted basement door leading out to the hatchway. Basement hatchway doors are convenient, but if the door has gaps allowing air leakage into the home, that is a problem. In the summer these gaps were letting in a great deal of humidity into the basement, which can leak up into your living space. In the winter, this was allowing freezing cold New England air into the home as well. This door was not pressure treated, or treated with chemicals, to deter moisture from concrete basement walls seeping into the wooden door. Now we knew what we had to do to take care of this inefficient door!
The first thing we need to do, is remove the old rotted door and framing around it. We take out all of the old materials and properly dispose of them. Next, we install proper framing around the door area. Now, we can install our new, insulated door surrounded by weather stripping to keep out harsh outdoor humid and cold air. This door is now energy efficient! Thanks to Dr. Energy Saver these homeowners can live more comfortable, happy, and energy efficient in their homes.
This customer in North Granby, CT called us out to help them understand a problem they were having in their home. The problem was that they could not keep their home cool in the summer not matter what. This was due to a lack of appropriate insulation in their cathedral style attic. This home had fiberglass and cotton insulation which is fluffy and easily allows air and heat to leak. This style home has rooms that are exposed to hostile attic temperatures. These homeowners were uncomfortable in their homes during the winter and summer due to significantly hot and cold rooms.
To fix this we need to properly remove and dispose of the old, fiberglass and cotton insulation. We remove the insulation and place it in bags to safely dispose of the materials. Next we install our SilverGlo. We measure and cut our 4' SilverGlo to fit. SilverGlo insulation is composed of foam boards infused with graphite, which produces a 24% increased R-Value. We install our foam board and secure the pieces with heavy duty screws and washers to keep them in place. We spray our one-part foam between each piece of SilverGlo to make sure there are no areas where heat and air can still escape. Thanks to Dr. Energy Saver by Eco Energy Solutions, these customers can live energy efficiently, and stay cool this summer!
A Homeowner called us out to their historical home built in 1900 in Pittsfield, MA to take a look at a problem they were having. They originally called us to give a full Home Energy Evaluation to help understand what was going in in their home. The problem they were having was due to no insulation in the attic, resulting in ice damns in the winter. When we got to the home and performed our Home Energy Evaluation we noticed that there was no insulation at all in the attic. This specific style home has a sloped roof, with knee-walls in the attic that are very difficult to keep warm or cold depending on the season. This knee wall is directly above a bedroom. The lack of any insulation was making it extremely hard to cool and heat the upper level of their home, in the bedroom living spaces. This made these homeowners uncomfortable in their home all year round.
To fix this problem, we use our Super Kneewall Treatment. Since we have no old insulation to take out and dispose of, we can get right to blocking and air sealing. First, we use our 4" SilverGlo insulation boards to block off air from getting through the ceiling joists and bays. Our SilverGlo expanded foam insulation boards are infused with graphite which increases R-Value by 24%. Around those blocks, we spray our one part foam to seal the edges and make sure no air can travel through the cracks. Then, we install our SilverGlo foam boards under the rafters up to the knee-wall and also sealed with one part foam. Now we have properly sealed so that outdoor conditions can no longer effect this living space. Next, we have to dense pack the roof slopes with our TruSoft cellulose insulation to stop air flow as well as insulate this non insulated attic. Our last step is to blow our TruSoft cellulose insulation above the flat ceiling. Thanks to Dr. Energy Saver by Eco Energy Solutions, these homeowners can now live more comfortable in their bedrooms all year long! They also will no longer experience ice dams!!!
This homeowner called us out Stafford Springs, CT to asses a problem they were having in their Cape Cod Style home. The problem was that they were experiencing very high fuel costs and electricity bills. Another problem was that they were uncomfortable with the temperature in their home no matter the season. It was always too cold in the winter, and never cool enough in the summer! When we arrived to the home we did a full Home Energy Evaluation to help the customer, as well as us understand why these issues were occurring. We know that most Cape Cod Style homes are inadequate insulation, this is an example of one. The attic was insulated with fiberglass insulation, which easily allows air to travel through because it is so fluffy. This wasn't keeping air from leaking into the attic, and a poorly insulated attic is the same temperature as outside. In this style attic, knee-wall spaces are a huge issue. They are dusty, and always either too hot or too cold. This is why the cost of their fuel and electricity bills were always so high.
To fix this, we need to first remove all of the old, nasty fiberglass insulation and properly dispose of the materials. We take all of the old insulation, bag it up, and rid of the materials. Once all of the old insulation is out we can start out Super Kneewall Treatment. First, we properly measure and cut our 4" SilverGlo foam board to fit. We install our SilverGlo insulation panels on the bottom of the rafters in the knee-wall spaces. Next, we have to block and seal out ceiling joist bays with one-part expanding foam foam to stop air leakage. After this, we dense pack out TruSoft cellulose insulation to stop air flow and insulate. Lastly, we need to insulate the flat part of this Cape Cod attic ceiling. We do this by blowing our TruSoft cellulose insulation. Now our treatment is complete. Thanks to Dr Energy Saver by Eco Energy Solutions these homeowners can now have lower bills, and live comfortably in their homes all year round.
This homeowner called us out to their home in Egremont, MA to access a problem that have been experiencing in their homes. They originally called us to do a Home Energy Evaluation in regards to adding some new insulation in their homes. When we got to the home and spoke with the homeowner during our inspection they voiced to us that they have very cold floors on the first floor during colder seasons. They also had trouble keeping the first floor cool in the summer and hot seasons. While evaluating their basement we saw that they did not have a sealed rim joist. The joints and gaps between the framing all of the framing members allow for a lot of air leakage into the home. This also was a reason for the first floor not staying as cool as it should be in hotter seasons. Air was able to leak through the rim joists and gaps, resulting in uncomfortable temperatures in their home no matter the season.
To fix this issue, we need to spray foam this homeowners rim joist and insulate. This process is done by spraying out two-part expanding spray foam on the rim joist and over the sill plate to seal all air leaks from the outside. This finally creates some well needed insulation in the home. Dr. Energy Savers spray foam has a high insulation value of R7. Since this is expanding foam, it seals all of the cracks, gaps, and joints where air from the outside enters the home. Thanks to Dr. Energy Saver by Eco Energy Solutions, these homeowners can now live comfortable, and more energy efficient in their homes all rear round!