Before we can install our new high-performing products, we have to get rid of what is already there! In this case that is the old fiberglass yellow insulation on the floor.
What we are looking at here is the can light- what your recess lighting looks like on the other side. Can lights can be points of leakage making your top floor too hot or cold, and they are also fire hazards. Click right to see how we fix this problem.
This photo is the can light now covered! This specific can light cover is called TiteShell and is is fireproofing agent as well as an air sealant. The orange puffy stuff around the rim is called ZypFoam and that is also what we use to seal any potential cracks in an attic to keep all of your conditioned air on the floors you pay for it to be on.
Now it is time for duct encapsualtion! Ducts may also be leaking conditioned air or can be the cause of mildew in your attic if they are sweating. By encapsulating them with spray foam we eliminate these issues.
This is just another picture of some encapsulated duct work.
What we are viewing here is the metal chimney which we have prepped to be insulated. We insulate this with FireGuard which is another safety measure.
The shiny stuff you see applied to the ceiling is called Radiant Barrier! Radiant Barrier acts like tinfoil in that it is a moisture barrier and highly reflective. This will help protect your home from moisture and the nasty stuff that comes along with it (mold, mildew, critters) as well as keeping a considerable amount of heat from the sun out of your attic.
This is simply another shot of Radiant Barrier!
We made it! The final step is blowing in the primary thermal insulation. This insulation is called TruSoft and it is a blow-in cellulose insulation. It is patent protected technology that only Dr. Energy Saver companies like ourselves have access to. It is brought up to the attic through a series of tubes which you can see in this photo. The next photo will show you what the actual product looks like.
And this is what the TruSoft actually looks like!
This set of photos will move through another attic insulation job! This particular job in Ashburn, VA is a little more complicated than your average job seeing as though it has two levels and a chimney that also needed to be insulated.