Here you can see the originial insulation that Comfenergy will be removing before starting the job.
Here is another snapshot of a differnt kind of insulation the home in Herndon orginially had.
This image simply shows one of our crew members cleaning out the insulation they are in the process of removing.
This photo shows us what the air sealant looks like after being installed. The orange puffy stuff on the floor is ZypFoam, which is what seals all of the cracks in the floor which are potential points of air leakage from the conditioned part of the home to the attic. This step is crucial before adding the cellulose insulation. Adding that thick layer of insulation is almost pointless if you are not first air sealing the attic.
In this photo you can see how the duct work is encapsulated in white fuzzy stuff. This white fuzzy stuff is insulating your ducts, resulting in higher functioning ducts. This process will increase the performance of your HVAC system while decreasing your utility bills!
This is just another shot of what duct encapsulation looks like after Tight ‘n’ True is installed.
If your home has recess lighting on the upper floor (as this home does in Herndon, VA) then the hole that your lightbulb goes inside of is protruding in the attic. This hole can be a point of leakage of the conditioned air from your living spaces into the attic. This can be part of the issue if you are experiencing hot top floors and drafty rooms. The more alarming issue with can lights, is the fire hazard they become if not installed and insulated properly. We install TiteShell Covers that are fireproof covers for these can lights that are insulated first. This acts as an insulating and fireproofing agent!
The shiny silver stuff you see lining what is the inside of the roof, is Radiant Barrier. This product acts as a reflective shield protecting your home from they heat bought into your home by the sun. This is yet another type of attic insulation, this one primarily focuses on keeping heat out in the first place.
This is just another shot of Radiant Barrier in action!
After everything is sealed and ready to do, it is time to bring in the cellulose insulation. Cellulose insulation is the thick, grey fully stuff that is acting as the thermal barrier between your home and the attic. What we see here is TruSoft Cellulose insulation that has to be blown in. Typically this is about two feet deep.
Here is another photo of the TruSoft blow in cellulose insulation. You can also see the Radiant Barrier depicted here.
The final step in this project is sealing the entrances! In this particular home we installed a David Lewis Hatch Cover which as you can see is another thermal barrier and type of seal that zippers open and closed for people to come in and out of!
In this photo you can see the David Lewis Hatch Cover unzipped so that a person may come through.
Homeowners in Herndon, Virginia were having some trouble with their attic insulation and decided it was time to replace it. This attic insulation job encompassed just about every step- from old insulation removal, to can light covers, to a David Lewis Hatch cover- and our team has photographed it all! Sit tight as we move through this set of photographs that show you what a complete attic insulating job looks like!
Common symptoms of a poorly insulated attic include, having a hot top floor, drafty rooms, having rooms that are colder in the winter and warmer in the summer, and a pricey fuel and electric bill.