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 customer of ours had some work done with us a few years ago. So, when a new insulation project came up, he knew who to come to for a quality job. He had built a new addition onto his house and wanted to make sure that it was properly insulated before finishing it.
Our home comfort specialist provided the homeowner with a few solutions to achieve this. They ultimately chose one that we felt was the best option - applying spray foam to the walls, rims and bands was a great way to make sure the new addition was effectively air sealed as well as insulated. The homeowner can now enjoy his new space comfortably.
This homeowner from Bladensburg, Maryland was having a difficult time keeping his house warm. Certain rooms would be an okay temperature, but other areas would get to be extremely cold and uncomfortable. Fortunately, he came across Complete Home Solutions.
An energy audit lead us to the root of the problem. The crawl space in this house had some old insulation in the ceiling, but there was nothing really keeping the cold air from creeping in. We corrected this by taking out the old insulation and replacing it with a spray foam that would act as both an air sealant and an insulator. This improvement has drastically changed the comfort of this house for the better!
Attic insulation can make a huge difference in a home's comfort, which this homeowner was quick to find out. She and her kids suffered through very cold winters where they had to crank up a few space heaters (which cranked up their electric bill). Wanting to finally be warm this winter, she called Complete Home Solutions.
Our Home Comfort Specialist found that the attic was the primary cause behind this family's freezing cold winters. The lack of air sealing and insulation was allowing all of their warm, conditioned air to leak right out of the attic. Luckily, this was a pretty easy fix for CHS. We sealed the attic and applied blown in cellulose insulation. This family can put away the heaters this year, because their home will be nice and toasty!
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!
This homeowner from Glenn Dale, Maryland had some weatherization work done in her crawl space some time ago. However, she didn't get everything that she wanted done. There was foam board insulation in the ceiling, but that was it. She asked us to come out and do a little more work for her.
We found that the old vapor barrier that was down there was basically in shambles. So, our main project was to install a new vapor barrier. When we did this, we made sure to run the barrier up the walls and seal it air tight. The homeowner was extremely satisfied with our work and looks forward to calling us for her next project.
This homeowner had two attics in her home. Neither of them were air sealed or properly insulated. The one pictured above had been constructed with the intention of using it as a storage area, but the owner wasn't really getting much use out of it. Instead, they had a big open space that was wasting a lot of energy and causing a lot of discomfort throughout the house.
We went through and air sealed both attic areas (using mainly caulk and polysio foam board) to stop air from leaking in and out of the house. We then blew in closed cell cellulose insulation (bringing both attic up to 14" -- the recommended standard for our climate zone). This home has become much more comfortable since CHS came out.
How much insulation should you have in your attic? According to BPI, about 14" (that's an R-49 value). Is just insulation enough? Absolutely not. The picture on the left shows an attic that does have insulation, but it is turning gray. This tells us that there is air leaking through and filtering through the insulation. An attic like this will still cause the homeowner to lose air (energy) and make their home very uncomfortable (while losing money).
CHS needed to move the insulation out of the way so we could get to the rim and band joists all along the floor. We air sealed everything to stop air from leaking through the attic. We also installed blown in cellulose insulation (which dense packs really nicely). These changes created an attic that does what we want it to do...protect the house from unwanted outside air.
This homeowner put a lot of time and effort into creating the perfect home for herself. Visually, it's astounding, but she wanted it to be just as comfortable to live in too. We came out to give her some solutions on how to do just that.
We found that treating the attic would make a tremendous difference in creating a controlled environment for this home. Air sealing and cellulose insulation stop air from freely flowing in and out of the living space (via the attic). Now this homeowner can fully enjoy her home (both inside and outside) all the while saving money on her electric bills.
This homeowner from Bowie had been renting her house out for a few years now. She and her tenant were on fairly good terms, both happy with each other, but the tenant did have one complaint. The house had a lot of air leakage, causing it to become very uncomfortable (especially during summer and winter). The homeowner called us to provide her with solutions on how to alleviate this problem for her tenant.
After performing a thorough home energy audit, we found a major problem area to be the attic. Specifically, there was a lack of air sealing and insulation. There were also exposed knee walls in the attic (which allow for a significant amount of air to leak in and out of the home). We applied polysio foam board and spray foam insulation to the knee walls in order to prevent this from happening. We also sealed the attic floor with caulk and installed blown in cellulose insulation. Now, both tenant and homeowner are happy.
This homeowner had an unfinished basement that he was looking to work on. Before he started anything, he wanted to make sure that his walls were insulated right (you definitely don't want to wait until you've dry walled to realize your basement is too cold). Complete Home Solutions came out to check it out. As you can see, there was insulation in the walls, but there was no air sealing. When you have just insulation you're not actually stopping the cold air from coming in. To do this we needed to take out that BATT insulation and apply our closed cell spray foam (which air seals and insulates at the same time). Now this basement is ready to rock n' roll for whatever plans the homeowner has for it.
This client had an attic with no air sealing and insufficient insulation. That is a bad combination that can lead to tons of air leakage and discomfort in the home. What can we do to fix this? Well, our crew started by air sealing the attic. This means that we closed up any openings or exposures in the attic floor with caulk and also applied polysio foam board to the attic walls. Now that we've created an airtight barrier, our next step is to install new, durable insulation. We chose to blow in closed-cell cellulose insulation. By making these improvements, we have given our client the control to be comfortable in his home!
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.
Mark D. has a big, beautiful house in Crofton, Maryland. The problem with having a big house, though, is keeping it from getting drafty. He noticed that he was never quite comfortable and his energy bills were higher than they should have been. So, he called Complete Home Solutions.
We performed a home energy audit and found that the attic was the source for many of his problems. Along with the insulation that we provided inside the attic (including installing TruSoft Cellulose and Polyiso foam board) we had to construct an insulation dam around the attic access hatch. That is what you see here. This creates a barrier which allows for the proper level of insulation in the attic. (It may not look like much, but it is crucial in the weatherization process). Thanks to these installations, we were able to make Mark's home more comfortable and save him money in utility bills!
When you see insulation like this in your attic, you should notice a problem. When there are "dirty" patches like this, that means air is filtering right through the attic. Complete Home Solutions knows that an attic needs good air sealing and insulation (in this case cellulose insulation) in order to provide a healthy and comfortable home.
This homeowner living in La Plata, Maryland did not thinking that her home was acting as energy efficiently as it should have been. She wanted a professional to show her how she could improve. She was introduced to Complete Home Solutions who provided her with a home energy audit.
Two of the bigger improvements that we were able to make for her house were air sealing and insulating the attic with loose fill cellulose insulation. We also weatherstripped around the doors and windows and made a few other minor improvements. We did what the homeowner wanted and really increased the energy efficiency of this home.
This homeowner in La Plata, Maryland had an unfinished basement that he wanted to get properly insulated. He wanted to make sure that he had a reliable company doing the work for him. That's when he found Complete Home Solutions.
We removed the existing FSK insulation (which was torn up and ineffective as a thermal barrier) from the basement walls and installed new, white FSK insulation. Now, when this homeowner does finish his basement, he can rest assured that it will be a comfortable living area that he can make into whatever he likes.
This homeowner in Brandywine, Maryland was referred to us by a previous, satisfied customer. Once they heard about all of the great things that we did for their friend, they decided that their home could use a little help too (like fixing their cold floors and drafty rooms).
We went down into the crawl space and found a lot of problems that we could fix. We ripped out the old insulation that was practically falling out of the ceiling (it was no longer any good). We air sealed the crawl walls with spray foam, installed an airtight door, and installed a vapor barrier throughout the crawl space. These upgrades have now created a comfortable, healthy home!
Winter was starting to get really cold for these homeowners - while driving their utility bills up! That's why they were thrilled to come across Complete Home Solutions - the reliable home comfort expert. We were able to provide the solutions this house needed to keep it warm through the winter (and cool through the summer).
The attic was a major area for improvement. Taking care of causes of air leakage (through air sealing methods) and applying the BPI recommended levels of blown in cellulose insulation would make a significant difference in this family's home. They can now enjoy winter from inside a warm, comfortable home.
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!
You can see from the picture on the left that this home's attic had no air sealing whatsoever and fairly limited insulation. How does this translate to the homeowner's comfort? Very hot rooms in the summer time (especially upstairs) and cold rooms in the winter.
CHS knew that creating a thermal barrier in the attic would correct this problem. Caulking the attic floors and applying blown in cellulose insulation was able to accomplish the job. Now the homeowner is perfectly comfortable in their house!
As home comfort experts, we like to explain the stack effect to our customers. The basic gist of it is that warm air escapes through the top of your house and cold air comes in through the bottom. In preparation for this coming winter, the homeowner wanted to have their basement treated.
One of the main components that goes into treating a basement is air sealing the rim joists. For this homeowner, we applied SilverGlo Polysio Foam Board as a base layer. We then applied a layer of spray foam insulation over the foam board. The combination worked terrifically to protect this home from cold drafts in the winter.
Old and inefficient insulation in the attic is the perfect set up for a cold and uncomfortable winter (as well as a hot and uncomfortable summer). This client called Complete Home Solutions to provide her with solutions on how to stay comfortable this coming winter.
Our home comfort specialist provided a few solutions for this homeowner's attic. Some of the things we did included air sealing the floor, installing SilverGlo foam board on the knee wall, spray foaming the sky light tunnel, and blowing in cellulose insulation. She will be ready for the cold, winter months now!
If you can see the floor of your attic (like you can in the before picture) then there is definitely a problem. There should be plenty of air sealing and insulation to keep your home efficient, healthy, and comfortable. That's what Complete Home Solutions was able to do for this customer. The difference was astounding and the customer was very happy with the result!
These homeowners had a really big problem in the summer...their upstairs got HOT...and their bedroom was upstairs. They suffered through constant restless nights all throughout the summer. They met up with one of our home comfort specialist to diagnose their problem.
The problem behind their discomfort? The attic! No air sealing and minimal insulation. All of that hot air that had been building up in the attic was leaking out into the living space. To stop this from happening, we need to create a thermal barrier in the attic. This meant that we had to air seal the rim and band joists (along with any other attic penetrations), air seal the attic hatch, remove the old insulation that was discolored and ineffective, and blow in our cellulose insulation. Now these homeowners can sleep at night with no problem!
The crawl space plays a very important role in the comfort of your home. This is where cold air seeps into your house from, bringing along with it all of the unhealthy air that has been accumulating down there. As you can imagine, if it's left untreated, there can be a lot of potential consequences to your health as well as to your house. This homeowner knew that he couldn't take on the task of treating his crawl space on his own, so he hired an expert to do it for him.
Our home comfort specialist (as well as our crew) was eager to help this homeowner. Treating this crawl space mainly involved applying caulk, foam board, and spray foam for air sealing and installing a vapor barrier. All of this was done to create a healthier and more comfortable home - mission accomplished!
This homeowner had a crawl space underneath his house that was very poorly treated. What did this mean for him? Cold rooms, higher electric bills, and poor indoor air quality. He called out our home comfort specialist to provide some solutions on how to help with this situation.
Based on our home visit, we determined that the most effective way to treat this crawl space was to install a vapor barrier and air seal the walls with closed cell spray foam. These measures would stop undesirable air from leaking into the living area (which is what was ultimately causing those issues listed before). This homeowner can now enjoy healthy, happy, and comfortable living in their home.
This homeowner's house in North Beach, MD was extremely drafty. It was especially noticeable in the summer and winter (and drove her utility bills way up). She got into contact with Complete Home Solutions so we could perform an energy audit for her and find out where the problem areas in her house really were.
We found a few problem areas - the one pictured here is her attic. The insulation was old and not doing the best job at insulating her home. We installed blown-in cellulose insulation. This quality insulation fills all of the spaces in her attic, creating a proper barrier between the outside and indoor air.
This client of ours recently had a custom home built in North Beach, Maryland. They wanted to make sure that everything was done right from the beginning. Part of that involved having the crawl space properly encapsulated. They knew that this would prevent cold floors, funky smells, and excess humidity from arising.
Because they wanted the job done right, they hired Complete Home Solutions. We encapsulated the crawl space, utilizing some great products such as the vapor barrier, SilverGlo foam board, and spray foam insulation. This customer will have a nice, comfortable house to move into.
This home had very old insulation in the attic (and no air sealing). That's why it comes as no surprise that the homeowner suffered through such extreme temperature differences throughout the house. Summers and winters were especially brutal! CHS was able to make some upgrades that would resolve these problems.
We had to remove the old insulation (you can see how worn it was from the extreme discoloration in the picture), caulk all the floor boards and joists, and apply blown-in cellulose insulation. The end result is a much more comfortable house that is costing the owner less.