This attic kneewall was allowing large amounts of air to pour into the home from this garage attic. The thin yellow fiberglass hanging from the wall is not air sealing the inside of the home or providing an effective insulation barrier. Sheathing the wall with 2" polyisocyanurate reflective foam board will both air seal and create a proper insulation barrier between the garage and the house by covering the fiberglass on the wall, allowing the fiberglass to now function like the manufacturer intended. Cellulose insulation also pictured on the attic flat to insulate the attic flat properly.
This customer in Brick, NJ just had a new HVAC system installed by another company that does HVAC work. Unfortunately, this company did not really care about the efficiency of the ducts that were supposed to carry the system's air into the home. And the brand new system that was installed, was effectively useless. The homeowners did not feel any more comfortable than they did before, defeating the purpose of installing a new system to get more comfortable.
Unsure of what to do now, the customer reached out to Dr. Energy Saver Jersey Shore for any solutions to his problem. We had just the thing, encapsulating their ducts with 2" of reflective polyiso board and 2" of expanding spray foam to fully seal one of the leakiest parts of the system. Encapsulating these ducts will protect the conditioned air that the system is creating by completely air seal ensuring them so none will leak out into the attic before it gets to the inside of your house. Additionally, now that the air is being kept in the ducts, it is also insulated by 2" of foam with an R-Value(resistance to heat movement) of R-13, rather than just an 1/8" piece of sheet metal with virtually no R-Value. This left the system operating more efficiently while making a tremendous difference in comfort in the home.
This customer's home in Brick, NJ wasn't keeping them comfortable during this hot summer. It was due to the lack of insulation in their attic that was letting a large amount of conditioned air escape the inside of the home. Not air sealing your attic can cost you and your family money in energy, and can cost you your comfort in your own home. Upping the value of this customer's insulation to R-60(resistance to heat flow) maximizes the efficiency of the insulation and will keep air from leaking out through the top of the house.
Upgrading insulation and access to the homes heating and cooling system in the attic of this 1954 built small ranch style home in Pt. Pleasant NJ. The before picture here shows an attic with virtually no effective insulation, numerous recessed lights and many electrical wire penetrations. All these penetrations are holes that let heat out in the winter and heat in, in the summer. The predominate insulation was the original 3" fiberglass batts with many gaps, voids and depressions. The 3" fiberglass batts in a perfect world would yield an insulation value of approx R-11. However being in pretty poor condition from years of use and many remodeling projects in the living space below the effective insulation value would be less than R-6. Two things, #1 the higher the R-Value the more resistant to heat flow through the material and #2 Today's recommended R-Values in our climate are from R-49 (minimum) to R-60 (optimum).
The after picture shows a properly air sealed and insulated attic to R-60 with a well defined sealed access deck to the heating and cooling system for service and possible replacement in the future.
The overall result of this project reduced excessive air leakage by a large percentage, increased insulation to R-60 with our patented Tru Soft cellulose insulation, reduced energy consumption by > 35% (as modeled as the New Jersey Clean Energy program), allowed great access to attic mechanical equipment and improved indoor air quality! Note: The Tru Soft is very green, safe and healthy as well as out performs fiberglass insulation by 40%.
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With the winter coming up, these customers wanted to make sure their home keeps them warm and their bills down. They called Dr. Energy Saver and our energy auditor quickly diagnosed that a large part of their homes problem was the whole house was leaking a large amount of air to the attic constantly! By air sealing the whole area, we were able to stop the loss of air into the attic from inside the home. The fan was covered with a custom foam board hatch cover and sealed with spray foam so that no air can pass through the area. Paired with a new layer of insulation, this solution left these homeowners going into the winter with confidence!