This customer wanted to reduce the ice damming occurring on her roof in the winter. Our specialist did a full evaluation of the attic to determine how well heat was being maintained in this space.
Energy loss in a home can be caused by many different things, so it is important to our specialists to get a look at many different areas in the home.
Rim joists that leak air are often a common cause of cold air entering a home. When this air enters the home it often pushes warm air out through the attic.
Without properly insulated windows the home can be losing a significant amount of energy. Dr. Energy Saver offers highly efficient windows and well-insulated installation of those windows. Be sure to ask your specialist if you have old windows that may be losing energy.
It seems the crawl space is almost always a major contributor to energy loss problems in a home. As you can see here, the insulation does not look to have kept its properly installed position, so it will not be functioning at its advertised r-value.
Openings for pipes are often an overlooked area for heat and air to escape. If these spots are not properly air sealed and insulated a lot of heat can be leaving the home.
Using the wrong door in your home can lead to a fast transfer of heat to the outside and can allow cold air to leak into the home. We provide our customers information on the current doors they use and how the doors we provide save energy.
Here's a closer look at what our specialist sees in the attic.
This unconditioned space allows heat that wasn't contained by the insulation to pass through to the outside.
This entrance to the attic if not properly insulated can allow a significant amount of air to pass into the attic, creating a less than comfortable environment in the home.
This attic space is being used as a small cold storage space. One option we provide our customers is to create a conditioned space in their attic. This type of space would allow for a more comfortable year round storage space.
The previous insulation has a lower R-value than the options we offer and it was an inadequate amount to give the homeowner the insulation benefits they were looking for.
These pipes and ducts travel through openings connected to the rest of the home. These openings can allow air from the attic to enter the home which creates an uncomfortable environment. Air Conditioning ducts can be affected by the fluctuating temperatures of the attic as well.
This entrance provides very little protection from the outside world, so it is important to have another insulted door on the other side of this entrance.
Problems with a poorly air sealed or insulated home can stem from many different areas so it is important to get everything properly evaluated before moving forward with a project.
This photo clearly shows how any heat that enters through this hatch (even when it is closed) can escape quickly through the uninsulated roof.
Our specialists also check around the outside of the home to observe any particularly troubling areas.
This attic space could use more insulation and it would be wise to check that pipe to make sure no air is escaping through where it enters and exits the attic space.
This Crawl Space has issues with proper insulation and the insulation being properly installed and maintained.
An area like this is hard to insulate with fiberglass batt insulation, but with spray foam insulation we can effectively seal and insulate this small but important area.
Ask your specialist about how much your roof actually needs to be vented. It can be quite helpful to a home to create a conditioned space in the attic that is not vented to the cold outside world.
In this home, we wanted to prevent ice damming from occurring on the roof. The best solution for this in this scenario was to go with spray foam insulation.
Ice dams are caused by heat escaping the home and melting snow that had been on the roof. Spray foam insulation prevents the majority of that heat from escaping the home.
In this home, the crawl space was a major contributor to the loss of heat in the home.
Here is a work-in-progress shot as we began encapsulating the crawl space.
Here we show the crawl space being encapsulated and the entrance to the crawl space getting a touch of insulation as well.
This crawl space is now clean and insulated. It won't allow water into the home and it helps contribute to a much more comfortable atmosphere in the home.
The goal of this project was to Reduce Ice damming by applying 4" of closed cell spray foam to the bottom of the roof sheathing and the small gable end walls in the expansion attic on the entire North side of the home and in the 2 corners of the South side of the home. The second goal is to reduce the amount of water coming into the basement from the crawl space area. So, we needed drain tile on the walls of this crawl space and across the door leading into the crawl space. The drainage needs to connect into the interior drainage of the basement that is currently existing. Then this crawl space was encapsulated with 12 mil poly and dimple drainage mat. This album shows part of the process we go through to identify and fix these problems.