Hi, my name is Ramon! I have been working at Complete Home Solutions for some time now. I work hard to make homes more comfortable and energy efficient. I have several years of experience as an insulation technician and bring valuable industry knowledge to the team. I love being a part of the Complete Home Solutions family!
In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family.
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 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!
These homeowners had an addition added on to their house some time ago. In creating that addition, a crawl space was formed. This crawl space was somewhat insulated, but the homeowners still felt cold air and moisture coming from it. They called Complete Home Solutions to find a fix to their problem.
After looking at the crawl space, and the house as a whole, we decided that the best solution for these homeowners was to encapsulate the crawl space. This involved air sealing and insulating the walls with spray foam insulation and installing a vapor barrier along the floor. In doing this, we were able to keep the cold air and moisture from infiltrating the crawl space and ultimately the living space. The end result is a much more comfortable home for this couple.
This homeowner had a real problem with her house - and it had to do with her comfort. In the winter, the difference between her upstairs and downstairs temperature was drastic - meaning that her upstairs was okay, but her downstairs was absolutely freezing. In the summer, it was the complete opposite - the upstairs was so hot that they felt they couldn't even breath sometimes.
Complete Home Solutions was able to provide some solutions to this serious comfort problem. In cases like this, one of the biggest things that we can do to help the situation is to treat the attic. Air sealing and insulating (with blown in cellulose insulation) creates a healthy thermal barrier that stops the warm air from leaking out in the winter and stops the hot air from getting in in the summer.
We met this homeowner at a trade show that we were working. He spoke to our home comfort specialist who was there and explained some of the issues that he was experiencing - such as cold rooms and floors and a musty smell that kept resurfacing. Our expert had a pretty good idea of what might be behind these issues, but wanted to see it for himself before assuming anything.
He came out for a home energy audit so that he could fully evaluate the house for this client. He found that the crawl space (which is where he suspected the problem to be) was to blame for these issues. We took out the old BATT insulation, fixed the vapor barrier, and spray foamed the walls. These measures created a whole new crawl space that would give this homeowner a more comfortable and healthier home.
Just having some insulation in your attic really isn't enough. If your insulation is deteriorating (just as parts in this picture are), your attic isn't functioning effectively. If you don't have any air sealing (just as this attic didn't), your attic isn't functioning effectively. We revealed all of this to these homeowners when we performed our full home energy audit.
To upgrade this attic into one that would create a more comfortable home, we had to establish a thermal barrier. This meant air sealing any attic cavities/penetrations, replacing the old insulation with fresh, blown in cellulose, and installing insulation baffles. We also took the extra step to complete a "Super Deck," which is a way for the homeowner to have a storage space in the attic while maintaining that thermal barrier. The result has been a more comfortable home at a lower cost for these homeowners!