HI my name is John! I joined Complete Home Solutions in 2014. Before joining the team, I spent eight years at a regional insulation company collecting valuable experience, which I now uses to help educate homeowners on the benefits of energy efficiency. I understand the value of helping people live more comfortably in their homes. I enjoy working directly with homeowners to help solve their home comfort issues!
I have been thoroughly trained and have earned the highly esteemed title of "CERTIFIED Energy Consultant" through the Dr. Energy Saver National Contractor Network.
Outside of work, I enjoys spending time with my family and friends.
These homeowners had just recently purchased their house in Germantown. As the good homeowners that they are, they had a thorough home inspection done prior to moving in. One of the things that the home inspector noted was the lack of insulation in the crawl space. Such a crawl space can lead to discomfort issues, health problems, and unreasonable utility bills.
The homeowners requested a CHS home comfort specialist come out to their new house and give them the best solutions for their crawl space. What we did for them was to bring their crawl space into the building envelope (preventing unwanted air from leaking into the living space from the crawl). We did this by applying a vapor barrier on the floor and up the walls (sealing along the edges) and applying closed-cell spray foam insulation on the walls. These homeowners are now ready to move into their newly comfortable home!
This homeowner was concerned about the insulation in their crawl space. It was absorbing ground moisture, causing it to sag and deteriorate. It also was allowing possible orgnaic growth issues and their floors above were uncomfortable. Complete Home Solutions removed the damaged existing insulation. We then completed an crawl space encapsulation with SilverGlo board. Dimpled drainage matting was installed across dirt floor area, SilverGlo board was installed on the walls and the 20 mil Cleanspace liner was installed over the dimpled drainage matting. The CleanSpace Encapsulation allowed us to create a clean enviroment in the crawl space and the result was increased comfort to the floor areas above. This homeowner now does not have to wear socks to keep their feet warm.
This homeowner was really interested in finding ways to make their home more energy efficient (specifically to help lower their utility bills and increase home comfort). They hired Complete Home Solutions to help them achieve this goal.
We took on two primary projects to do this: the attic and the crawlspace. The picture here shows you how we treated the crawlspace. We removed and replaced the old damaged insulation & vapor barrier and air sealed around the walls & vents. This stops that cold, musty air from filtering into the living space, which is an essential part in accomplishing energy efficiency.
Looking at the picture on the left, we have three main problems with this attic (two you can see, one you can't). One, there's not enough insulation. The yellow BATT insulation (featured on the left) is barely to the top of the floor joists (meaning there should be at least 6" more). Two, there is no air sealing (this you can't see). We need to get underneath the insulation to fix this. Third, the whole house fan is completely out in the open (acting as a major source for unwanted air leakage).
To fix the air leakage, CHS pushed aside the old insulation and caulked any penetrations that were facilitating this issue. To bring insulation up to the BPI recommended standard, we blew in closed cell cellulose insulation. To stop the outdated whole house fan from leaking air, we constructed a 2x4 frame with a hinged top (insulated with 2" of foam board) and installed a string and pulley to allow for easy opening.
This client of ours was in the process of purchasing a house in Silver Spring and wanted to make a few changes before he moved in. He wanted to make sure that his house was going to be energy efficient. He did his research and found a company that had great experience and reviews...Complete Home Solutions. He had us come out and give him the best solutions for his new home.
Our home comfort specialist found that air sealing and insulating the attic would be the most effective way to reach this client's needs. We air sealed any open cavities (that means rim and band joists, ceiling fixture penetrations, top plates, etc) and blew in enough cellulose insulation to bring levels up to R-49. This new homeowner will be moving into a house that is both energy efficient and comfortable.
This homeowner from Mount Rainier, Maryland noticed that his master bedroom was always freezing cold, especially the floors. He needed advice on how to change this. So, he called up Complete Home Solutions.
After an energy audit, we determined that there was a crawl space beneath the master bedroom that was causing it to be so cold. The walls had some insulation in them, but it was not actually blocking any air movement. In order to do that, we needed to install spray foam over the walls. Doing this has created a much more comfortable and energy efficient home!
This client had heard a radio ad discussing the great benefits that an energy efficient home can have for its homeowner. Thinking about how his home was probably under-performing (based on his utility bills and lack of insulation in his attic), he did a little research. He found Complete Home Solutions and, after viewing our extensive experience, chose us as to make his home more efficient.
After performing a home energy audit, our home comfort specialist found quite a few opportunities for improvement (the attic being the main one). This home had a flue pipe that went through the attic; it wasn't properly sealed and was, therefore, causing a lot of air leakage (decreasing the efficiency of the home). We sealed the pipe and constructed a non-flammable barrier around it to prevent insulation contact. We also air sealed along all the rim and band joists in the attic and replaced the old, gunky insulation with fresh cellulose. Now this home is efficient and comfortable for the homeowner too!
Cold and drafty rooms are no fun for anyone. These homeowners decided to be proactive and get their attic weatherized before it started getting really cold. Of course, Complete Home Solutions was more than happy to help them in this effort.
We took a few different measures in order to take care of this attic (air sealing, insulating, etc). Pictured here specifically is how we treated the skylight. The way the skylight was insulated before was not really doing much of anything. When we performed our initial home energy audit, our home comfort specialist found that the skylight did indeed have bad air leakage (making it a source for discomfort in the home). We took care of this by replacing the old insulation with new closed cell spray foam insulation (which air seals at the same time). This skylight won't be leaking any more air!
These clients had just bought a new home and knew that the insulation was pretty dated. They wanted to have a company come out and see what kind of solutions they could offer for their attic. They found Complete Home Solutions' number and called us up to come out.
Our home comfort specialist evaluated the house and advised them that installing some new insulation would certainly be a benefit, but they would also need air sealing if they wanted the insulation to work effectively. Air can still move through insulation if there is nothing blocking it. By doing this, we were able to create a thermal barrier for the conditioned space, which means a more comfortable home for this family.
This homeowner was experiencing a lot of discomfort in their home. Hot and cold rooms were a constant problem. The solution? Upgrading the attic. No air sealing and deteriorated insulation (which is what we have here) are the perfect formula for an uncomfortable home. So, we need to air seal and apply new insulation to fix it. An example of how we air seal can be seen in the "after" picture here. The silver foam board sealed with caulk (covering that backwall) are an excellent way to seal air leaks nice and tight. The insulation that we installed is called "closed cell cellulose insulation." It has a great R-Value and works perfectly with the air sealing to form a thermal barrier for this home, making it comfortable for the homeowner.
Not only was the insulation in the crawl space insufficient. it was installed improperly or upside down! In conjunction with an ineffective vapor, the entire crawl space was contaminated with organic growth. Allowing unhealthy air to penetrate into the home.
We removed the contaminated insulation and installed a new airtight barrier to help prevent groundwater infiltration. After properly treating the crawl space, new insulation was installed to create a thermal barrier to help keep the floor above more comfortable.
This homeowner had just had some energy efficiency improvements done - new windows, new door, new HVAC unit etc. She thought that there would be a massive difference in her energy use after getting these things done, but was shocked to find that there really wasn't that big of a difference! Frustrated, she decided to look up a local energy efficiency expert and found Complete Home Solutions.
We sent out one of our Home Comfort Experts to do an analysis of the house and figure out where this homeowner was losing energy. He found that while she was making those other energy efficiency upgrades she had neglected to treat one of the most important areas in her house...the attic! The attic's air sealing and insulation levels (which is now recommended to reach at least R-49) had never been upgraded. After explaining this to the homeowner, she had us go ahead and make those improvements. She was more than pleased at how much energy her home was using by the time we were done!
One thing that many homeowners don't take into account is just how much air your attic really leaks. It doesn't matter how small your attic is - if it isn't treated it will cause an uncomfortable home. This client had never had their attic treated and they were feeling all the typical symptoms: hot upstairs in the summer, cold floors in the winter, high utility bills, etc. We were able to come in and give the homeowner back control over their home. Air sealing and insulation are major players in doing this (in this particular picture you can see the attic hatch tent cover that we installed to block air from leaking in and out of the space).
This homeowner in Odenton, Maryland had signed up to get an energy audit with us a couple of months ago. She was concerned about the result of the audit and what it meant for her house, but convinced herself that she could put off doing the work. However, once that first snow came around and the cold weather hit, she realized her mistake. Her house was freezing cold and she really needed that work to get done.
Complete Home Solutions came out and gave her exactly what she needed. The attic was practically barren, except for some old insulation that really wasn't doing much of anything to help the house. So, we did a lot of air sealing (mainly using caulk) to prevent all of those open cavities and penetrations from leaking air out, sealed and insulated the duct work that was up there with 1" closed cell spray foam, and added a bit of blown in cellulose insulation. Now this homeowner can enjoy her house this winter, rather than shivering from cold and running up her utility bills.
This homeowner was not happy with the way that her house couldn't seem to maintain a consistent temperature. In summer the upstairs became very hot and in winter the downstairs became very cold. She had our home comfort specialist come out to recommend some solutions for her house.
We recommended that she treat her attic to form a thermal barrier. We did this by caulking along any cavities that would allow for air leakage in the attic, air sealing the attic hatch, installing insulation baffles, and blowing in closed-cell cellulose insulation. This customer now has a comfortable home that she can be happy with all year round.
This client had just purchased his house and noticed pretty immediately that the previous owner had left the crawl space a mess. There was trash and insulation falling all over the place and the floor was covered in mildew. Remember, you typically share about 40-60% of the air you breathe with your crawl space. Looking at the picture featured on the left, I would be a little worried about that (and so would this new homeowner). He called CHS to give him some advice on fixing up this problem.
Of course we started off by removing the trash, but we also performed an encapsulation for the crawl space. This involved us installing a 20 mil vapor barriers, insulating the walls with 2" of closed cell spray foam, installing a Crawl-o-sphere for additional ventilation and creating an EverLast access door. Together, these upgrades have formed the crawl space you see on the right, which means much healthier air for this homeowner along with cheaper utility bills.
Our clients in Upper Marlboro had an attic space that wasn't properly insulated. We air sealed the attic and then added the correct amount of insulation. As a result, these homeowners will have significantly lower energy costs and a more comfortable home.
The insulation in this client's attic is in pretty rough condition. All of those "dirty" spots are signs that the insulation isn't working right. What we find to be the case a lot of times (and is true here also) is that there is no air sealing underneath the insulation. Without air sealing, air is free to filter in and out of the attic area (often causing discomfort and health concerns). We took out the old insulation (since it was too far deteriorated), air sealed the attic floors, and blew in cellulose insulation. This will create a much more energy efficiency home and make a major difference for the homeowner.
This client had lived in her home for about 10 years and, year after year, seemed to face the same problem. Her upstairs got unbearably hot in the summer months. Before peak heat season this year, she decided to call up Complete Home Solutions to provide her with a solution.
Our auditor found that air sealing and insulating the attic would create a controlled home environment (and consequently a comfortable home too). If your attic is left untreated, you are leaving opportunity for hot, hot air to continuously flow in to your living space. At this point, turning up your air conditioning is going to do nothing except raise your electric bill. This client now has a comfortable home that stays as cool or warm as she wants it to.
This homeowner had a home with an attached garage. This is a pretty common set up, but what happens when the knee-wall between your garage and up-stairs bedroom is poorly insulated? That bedroom, and your house in general, is going to have a lot of trouble keeping a comfortable temperature year round (which is what this homeowner was experiencing).
Complete Home Solutions (as our name entails) had the solution for this. We took down the old insulation (which wasn't helping to stop air leakage as it was) and used a newer method for air sealing and insulating. We applied spray foam sealant first, then 1/2" of polysio foam board insulation on top of that and sealed the edges with caulk. This would have a huge impact on the overall comfort of this homeowner!
Our homeowners here knew that they had a problem. They had a room that was always cold and electric bills that were way too high. They also knew that they had pretty low insulation levels in their attic and they figured out the link between that and their problem. The next step was to get a solution.
Complete Home Solutions was able provide this solution. Insulation wasn't the only the only thing that this attic was lacking - it was also missing very important air sealing (which means that a lot of air was leaking through open cavities in the attic). The skylight was a huge source of air leakage also, so we replaced the old deteriorating insulation with 3 inches of spray foam (an air sealant and insulator). We then added in blown in cellulose insulation in order to bring the insulation levels up to R-49.
The room that was a real problem child for these homeowners became a complete comfort zone. Another house made more comfortable by CHS!
Attic air sealing and his insulation are critical when it comes to creating an efficient and comfortable home. Without it, you will end up working extra hard to try and heat and cool your house, all while throwing money out the window. Fortunately, Complete Home Solutions is an expert in this field and knows just what to do. For this client, we found the attic to be a major source of air leakage. How do we fix this? We set up a thermal barrier. We do this by applying caulk and spray foam to cracks and openings throughout the attic, installing soffits, and applying enough blown-in cellulose insulation to bring levels up to the BPI recommended standard. This customer now has a comfortable home where she can control how warm or cool she wants it throughout the year.
Having exposed duct work can lead to a number of problems. For one, you can lose a lot of air and energy. Just a small hole in your duct work can cause major air leakage (the air is being pushed out by all of that pressure used in your ducts). Another big problem, which was the main motive behind this customer's call, is the condensation build up. The condensation rolls off the ducts and onto your drywall, causing stains, potential structural problems, and potential mold growth.
Complete Home Solutions came to this house just in time. Our crew worked hard to get those ducts sealed up tight. We used closed-cell spray foam to cover them up and put a stop to our homeowner's condensation problem. The customer was extremely pleased with the end result and relieved to no longer have to worry about those ducts!
This homeowner living in Nanjemoy, Maryland had a problem with his energy bills... they were too high! He needed to know what he could do to bring them down, so he called Complete Home Solutions.
We took a look up in his attic and told him right then and there that he didn't have enough air sealing or insulation. These are good things, because those are problems we can fix. We applied some polysio foam board (which you can't see in the picture because it's under the insulation), some caulking, and blew in our cellulose insulation. Good bye high energy bills and hello home comfort!
When we at Complete Home Solutions look at an attic like this, we see some major issues. The biggest one is the lack of air sealing. When we look at the floors and walls we should be seeing some form of air sealing...we don't. We should also see an attic filled with at least 16 inches of good insulation... we don't see that either. Instead, what we see is a home that is wasting its energy and money trying to reach a comfortable temperature. By air sealing and blowing in cellulose insulation, we were able to correct these problems and deliver a comfortable house to a much happier family.
This customer had a number of comfort problems with his house (all of which we were able to address). One specific issue that he faced was cold floors. We see this issue a lot, so it was relatively easy for us to diagnose. When you have a "cantilever" (which is this overhang off the side of the house), and it's not insulated, it will leak air and cause your floors to feel cold.
CHS knew the perfect solution for this situation. We air sealed the cavities in the cantilever soffit with closed cell spray foam and polysio foam board. We then putt the BATT insulation over top of the spray foam and closed the soffit back up. The homeowner noticed an immediate difference in his floors!
As experts in our field, when a customer calls in about cold rooms and high utility bills, we already have a couple ideas about what could be going wrong (of course we always do our due diligence and thoroughly inspect the house before diagnosing anything). One of the areas that we pay close attention to is the attic. In this case we noticed a few things that were indicators of an ineffective attic. One such thing was dirty insulation, which told us that air was leaking in and out of the attic.
How did we stop this air leakage? By air sealing the attic and installing blown in cellulose insulation. This creates a thermal barrier, which means that the air that you want to stay in your house actually stays in your house and the air that you don't want in your house stays out. This translates into a more comfortable and affordable house for our client.
The attic hatch is a huge space that can let a lot of air escape in and out. If you're experiencing uncomfortable rooms and feel like your wasting money on your heating/cooling bills (like this client was), this could reason behind it. It has to be properly treated to stop air leakage!
CHS treated the hatch by installing an attic tent cover (which is the silver zip-up door you see in the picture on the right). We apply this to the opening and then seal along the sides. This is a great step towards achieving energy efficiency and comfort in the home.
This client's garage knee wall area is connected to an up-stairs bedroom. The problem with that is the garage knee wall isn't insulated, meaning that air from the garage is constantly leaking in and out of that room (making it very hot in the summer and very cold in the winter). Our solution for this was to install 1/2" of polysio foam board and spray foam sealant. That upstairs room actually feels like a livable space now.
Have you ever noticed how your upstairs is sweltering hot in the summer and your downstairs is bone-chilling cold in the winter? If your answer is yes, then you and this customer are right in the same boat. The problem? An unsealed and under-insulated attic. We needed to air seal the attic area (any penetrations, open cavities, rims & joists, etc) and blow in closed cell cellulose insulation. We fixed this customer's uncomfortable home and we can fix yours too!