This homeowner in North Potomac asked us for help with advice on making their home more comfortable and advice on how to keep the home at a more stable temperature. They were interested in having their attic and crawl space assessed. Our energy auditor, Merv, visited the home and discussed solutions with these homeowners. One of the recommendations was to air seal the rim and band joists in the basement area with 3" of closed cell spray foam insulation. As you can see by the pictures, the rim and band joists were not air sealed prior to our work on the home. We sealed and insulated the rim joists which are major sources of heat loss in the home. This will make their home more energy efficient and comfortable and help keep the temperature in the house more even!
This home in Rockville, MD had open insulation in the attic that was causing drafts and uncomfortable temperatures in the home. The homeowner called Complete Home Solutions to find a solution to the problems. Our Auditor found the problems to be insufficient insulation and air leaks in the attic.
Our Production Team insulated and air sealed the exposed insulation and pipes to make the home more energy efficient and comfortable.
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.
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 home in Chevy Chase, Maryland was suffering from cold drafts and uncomfortable tempertatures during this winter. This led the homeowner to call Complete Home Solutions to find the source of the issue. Our Auditor determined that the source of the problems was insufficient insulation in the attic.
Our Production Team used blow in cellulose to properly insulate the attic and keep the cold out this winter.