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.
This homeowner was experiencing a lot of air leakage in their attic. creating cold drafty rooms as well as heat loss in the winter. The heat loss created an increase in the cost of heating the home. By air sealing all of the gaps with our foam insulation and blowing in Dr. Energy Savers TruSoft cellulose insulation, it created a more comfortable environment for the entire home and family. Our TruSoft cellulose insulation is treated with natural borate compounds. By doing this we have created a higher R-value in the space as well as decreasing the energy costs, making the rooms below a comfortable living space for the customer and their family.
Previously this homeowner was experiencing very uncomfortable rooms below this attic as well as very high energy bills. Our Building Science Specialist came in and did an evaluation with the homeowner and discovered there were problems in the walk up attic.
Our production team installed a Super Attic Conversion System in this attic to eliminate uncomfortable rooms, ice damming and cold drafts, and of course, energy loss. The homeowner was very happy with the changes they saw immediately in their home.
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This homeowner contacted us to help him make his home more comfortable and energy efficient year round. Our Building Science Expert did a comprehensive evaluation of his home to determine why his rooms on the second floor were very uncomfortable and inconsistent with rooms on the first floor.
Generally, Cape Cod construction homes are the most inefficient homes due to the amount of unconditioned spaces on the second floor. Unconditioned spaces are considered outside spaces as they are not heated or cooled.
During the evaluation, the Building Science Expert noticed the knee walls or crawl spaces adjacent to the bedrooms and bathrooms on the second floor were insulated with a minimum amount of fiberglass insulation. Wind Washing was evident on this inferior insulation. Wind Washing is evidence of air flow through the stack effect. Dirt was noticed around all the edges of the fiberglass insulation which was acting as a filter, not a convective insulation.
We installed our Super Kneewall with SilverGlo to the knee walls and crawl spaces. A kneewall is the triangular space under the sloped roof and behind the wall of the room. Our SilverGlo is expanded polystryene foam insulation with graphite infused in the foam. This increases the R-value as compared to regular EPS foam.
The attic triangle in a Cape Cod construction is a very tight space. In order for us to effectively treat this space, we dense packed with TruSoft Cellulose insulation from the ridge of the roof. Dense packing is used when air sealing for convection loss is not possible. We remove the ridge cap and access the attic and the slope of the attic from the roof line on the exterior of the home. We blow insulation into the attic framing cavities fully packing the voids. Using this treatment allows for hysteresis. Hysteresis is vapor escaping through the top of the house for ventilation.
Additionally, in the basement of this home, the significant amount of humidity entering the house through the rim joist was causing mold spores to grow by raising the relative humidity above 70%. Because the concrete foundation is a porous material, temperature differences between the top of the foundation and the bottom of the foundation causes condensation in the summer.
By air sealing the entire rim joist with our closed cell spray foam, we stopped the humid air from entering the home in the summer and the cold dry air from entering the home in the winter. This will keep the basement more comfortable and effectively more energy efficient.
This homeowner was able to notice a significant difference in the comfort of his home immediately. He will realize lower heating and cooling costs and his home will be more energy efficient.
These home owners in Windsor, CT Had called us to their home because they could not keep the living space at a comfortable temperature. When our building science specialist got to the home, he realized that this home had a couple of problems that were making this home hard to heat.
The biggest problem was the attic. It was severely under insulated and had no air sealing. To solve this, first thing we did was remove all of the old nasty insulation. Then, we air sealed the entire attic making sure we got every penetration through the drywall, every top plate, and every end plate. After we did that, we installed a catwalk going the length of the attic to give the homeowners a little bit of storage space and a place for them to walk if they ever had to go up there. The final thing to do was to blow our Trusoft cellulose insulation to an R-value of R-60. This is the recommended amount of insulation the department of energy says all home in New England should have.
The next area of the home was the basement. We spray foamed the rim joist so that no cold air could get into the house from this location. Doing this and properly insulating the attic, will help tremendously with making this home a more comfortable space for these home owners and their kids to live.
The last thing we did was dense pack the floor above the garage. Both of the bedrooms that they used are above the garage and they were always freezing cold in the winter and super hot in the summer. To fix this, we dense packed every single bay. Making sure to get all the way down the bays so there is no area cold air can get into the living space.
Once we completed these treatments, this home is now so much more comfortable and energy efficient!
This homeowner in West Suffield, CT called us to schedule a Free Home Energy Evaluation to help them get to the bottom of why their home was so cold and drafty. The Building Science Specialist conducted the evaluation and noticed they had old, ineffective fiberglass insulation in their attic, as well as no air sealing. Their basement had little to no insulation and no air sealing as well. This will cause a cold and drafty home because nothing is stopping the harsh outdoor air from entering into the home at a drastic rate. We proposed to remove all of the old insulation in the attic, air seal, and insulate with foam blown-in cellulose insulation. This will stop air from entering or exiting the home from the attic. Next, we recommended removing the old traces of insulation in the basement, and insulating the rim joist with our spray foam! This will stop the flow of cold air into the home from the basement. By moving forward with these specialize treatments, this homeowner could enjoy a more comfortable home and a lower energy cost!!
This homeowner came to us about issues with moisture in their stone foundation crawlspace which led into the basement. Vented stone crawlspaces allow moisture to get in and condense on everything from the floor joist to the ducts, allowing wood to rot and pests to thrive. If left unchecked, mold that forms as a result of this elevated moisture can work its way up into the home, putting you and your loved ones at risk for health complications. These vents also allow cold air to get into the crawlspace and move up through to the floor in rooms above the crawlspace, making your home harder to heat in those spots.
We started off with sealing the vents and other leaks to the outside to stop more moisture and cold air from making its way in.The walls are covered with our Foamax advanced polyisocyanurate foam insulation panels to insulate the basement and keep the cold out for good. A dimpled drainage matting is installed across the floor to create an airspace and thermal break. TerraBlock floor insulation is installed over that matting and finally, a vapor barrier liner is installed permanently over the dirt floor. This treatment was paired with our SaniDry basement air system to keep this home free of excess moisture with ease.
Thanks to Dr. Energy Saver by Eco Energy Solutions, this homeowner will no longer have to worry about moisture, pests, or cold floors in their home!
This homeowner in Avon, CT found us online and told us that he was having issues with heat escaping. One big culprit in this case was actually a chimney! Building code requires that no combustible materials be within 2 inches of a chimney, so there is often an airspace from the basement up to the attic surrounding them. This can cause a major loss of heat in the winter.
With this chimney there was some debris around it that we cleaned up first. Then a metal flashing is installed and sealed with a high heat fire caulk to block cold air from moving up. Finally we wrap the chimney with rock wool. Rock wool is completely fireproof, making it totally safe and up to fire code
Thanks to Dr. Energy Saver by Eco Energy Solutions, there is no longer space around the chimney for warm air to escape and it is now safe to blow cellulose into the attic space around it.
This homeowner in West Granby, MA called us out to help them understand why their air conditioning was not cooling their whole home. They mentioned to our Appointment Center that they had a small amount of insulation in the home but knew it was not efficient. We sent out our building science specialist to take a look at the home and get to the bottom of their concern- staying cool!
During our evaluation, we ask the homeowner some questions about hot weather, cold weather and the comfort they feel inside their home temperature-wise. After we ask questions we can do our walkthrough. We walk through the home with this homeowner and take a look at the attic, basement, crawlspace, and the rest of the home. We saw that they did have little to no insulation in their attic and that they had a damp, dirt crawlspace that was negatively affecting the home. We knew for one we needed to use our crawlspace encapsulation system to keep out moisture and stop another access point of air they were paying to heat, or in this case, cool their homes to escape. We also proposed to them to remove all of their inefficient fiberglass insulation and air seal/insulate with our patented products. This would drastically decrease their concern about the air conditioner not cooling their home by stopping airflow from leaking in or out of the home! Next step, installing the work!