Before coming to work at Dr. Energy Saver by Eco Energy Solutions, Michael was lead foreman for a relocation company. Michael brings his experience as a health and safety coordinator for a construction company to his current position. Michael is OSHA Certified. He has also been certified as an AMAA Window Installer by Sunrise Windows.
In his spare time, Michael enjoys spending time with his daughter, hiking, golfing and watching movies.
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This homeowner was experiencing a significant amount of humidity in their basement. Our Building Science Expert evaluated the problem and found that using the 2-part expanding foam insulation on the rim joist and over the sill plate would be the perfect solution. This decreased the humidity in the basement and the homeowner saw immediate results. In addition to there being less humidity, the overall air leakage to the house was reduced dramatically.
End plates are at the top of every single wall in the home. The problem with end plates is there's generally a quarter inch to an inch gap left during construction of the home. This allows for air leakage which lets the cool air escape the home in the summer and warm air to escape in the winter.
When the hot air leaks into your attic in the winter, ice dams occur on your roof. Ice dams can cause thousands of dollars of damage to your home!
Air sealing end plates is the first, and most important, of multiple treatments to eliminate ice damming.
This homeowner experienced huge amounts of air leakage which caused heat loss in the winter and conditioned air in the summer, driving up energy costs for heating and cooling the home. Our team installed the Super Knee Wall system, which uses SilverGlo rigid foam insulation. These panels create a continuous air and insulation barrier beneath the roof of the home. With the Super Knee Wall insulation installed, the homeowner was able to experience a significant change in their energy consumption as well as their energy costs.
This homeowner in Simsbury, CT called us out to their home to replace old inefficient fiberglass insulation. Especially without air sealing, Fiberglass is not an efficient form of insulation. The attic also had some mold in it, which can be very unhealthy.
We removed all of the old, fiberglass insulation and properly disposed of the materials. Next, we fog our Mold-X treatment throughout the attic to neutralize any nooks and crannies that can be affected. Now we are ready for the next step. We seal up all top plates and any areas where air can escape from the home into the attic and be lost with foam. Now we are ready to blow our Truoft Cellulose insulation into the attic. Cellulose will fill in any odd-shaped voids and gaps.
Now, thanks to Dr. Energy Saver by Eco Energy Solutions, this home is more energy efficient!
This homeowner called our office looking for a full Energy Evaluation because her home was very cold and drafty and very expensive to heat.
Upon performing the evaluation, our Building Science Specialist realized that the basement was the main culprit. Without a properly insulated and air sealed basement, your home may seem much colder than necessary, resulting in a cold and drafty home overall and much higher energy bills!
By Insulating the Rim Joists with Closed Cell Spray Foam and lining the basement walls with Foamax Insulation Board, Dr. Energy Saver was able to fix the problem and accomplish our goal to provide warmer, less drafty rooms, and lower energy costs, making this homeowner happy, and more comfortable.
These homeowners called because they were looking to have a full energy evaluation done to see where they can save money and improve energy efficiency.
Our Building Science Specialist arrived at the home and sat with the homeowners to get a good idea of their main concerns and come up with a general plan. Upon evaluation, we discovered that the attic area was filled with old, dirty, inefficient and moldy batt insulation which would need to be removed, the area thoroughly cleaned and treated with MoldX and add enough new, TruSoft blown cellulose insulation to bring the home to meet today's energy efficiency standards. We used 4" SilverGlo along the attic deck and vertical walls. Our specialist also discovered we would need to extend the existing bathroom vent fan out through the roof to further prevent moisture and mold into the attic. We also installed a David Lewis Attic Pull-Down Stair Hatch Cover to properly insulate and air seal the entrance to the attic.
Dr. Energy Saver by Eco Energy Solutions was able to completely remedy the problem and create a satisfactory, energy efficient solution to give the homeowners piece of mind and reach their ultimate goal of saving money on energy usage!
This homeowner called because they were experiencing "suspicious noises" in their attic and suspected they had a rodent problem.
Our Building Science Specialist went to the home and inspected the attic area. We were able to confirm that there were, in fact, several rodents living in the insulation in the kneewall areas or the unfinished area, outside of the conditioned space, separated by a "kneewall", necessary to support the roof rafters. Dr. Energy Saver went into the affected area and fully removed the existing insulation. We prepared the attic for installation of fresh, clean insulation. We Installed a SuperKneeWall™ Upgrade - Install SilverGlo™ EPS foam board with radiant barrier along roof line, gable end(s) and blocking between floor joists. We then Installed SilverGlo™ on the roof deck.
This homeowner can now enjoy a rodent free home with much better energy efficiency and lower energy bills to boot!
These young homeowners in Granby, CT had concerns about drafts in the home, especially in the walk-in closet where it was either too hot or too cold! We sat with the homeowners during their FREE in-home Energy Evaluation, and came up with a plan to make their home more comfortable!
Since this was a Cape Cod-style construction, the second floor suffered from inadequate insulation making it susceptible to air leaks, causing the home to be harder to heat in the winter and harder to cool in the summer. Our first concern was to go into the attic and remove the old, dirty insulation; over many years it sits collecting dirt, dust, pollen, bugs, rodent feces, nest, and all different kinds of undesirable things. We went in and bagged and removed the damaged and soiled insulation creating a clean space for the new insulation. We then addressed the air leaks in the attic, we need to keep an absolute boundary between our living space and the attic so inside air doesn’t move to the attic in the heating season (convection). This results in a more comfortable, less drafty home, and saves YOU money.
Thanks to Dr, Energy Saver by Eco Energy Solutions the couple's home is no more comfortable all year with much less need for heating and air conditioning.
We met this homeowner in Lenox, MA at the Lenox Apple Squeeze where they told us about the musty smell in their basement. One of the culprits was this old door at the bottom of the hatch steps letting in moisture.
We removed the old door and installed proper framing. We then hung the new energy efficient door with weather stripping and sealed any spots where air could leak in.
Thanks to Dr. Energy Saver by Eco Energy Solutions, the inside of the home is properly sealed off from the outside, keeping out moisture and harsh winter and summer temperatures.
This homeowner in Windsor, CT called us out to their home to update their insulation and increase overall energy efficiency. We noticed they did not have much insulation in the basement. Along the rim joists around the perimeter of the home in the basement, a lot of air is able to escape out of and enter the home. Since the cold, concrete walls of the basement are buried in the ground they tend to be about 17° cooler than than your home should be. In the summer this allows warm, humid air into your basement, hitting the cold concrete walls. This will cause condensation, supporting mold.
We got right to the home, prepped and protected the customers belongings and got to work. First,we install our Foamax insulation boards along the concrete walls. Now, we install our spray foam insulation around the perimeter of the home on the rim joist. Since it expands, it fills in all gaps, cracks and joints air was able to leak into the home before.
Thanks to Dr. Energy Saver, these homeowners are more comfortable, happy, and more energy efficient in their homes!
This homeowner in Manchester, CT called in looking to insulate her attic, her home was not energy efficient and she was happy to be able to finally address it. The air that she was paying to heat and cool was escaping through her improperly air sealed attic.
We first removed the old insulation and debris (including a deceased bat!) from the attic. With the space cleaned up, we air sealed each and every space where air could leak from the home up into the attic. Lastly, we insulated with our blown in TruSoft cellulose.
With the help of Dr. Energy Saver by Eco Energy Solutions, this homeowner is now saving money and staying comfortable in her home.
This homeowner called because her 1949, Cape Style home, had been causing heat system concerns since she bought it in 2019. When the outside temperature changed, so did the inside. The homeowner had received 2 prior energy evaluations and even had some attic work done before she called us.
Our Building Science Specialists were able to identify that the drafty and unfomfortable Master Bath along with the problematic mudroom were actually caused, in large part, to the highly inefficient crawlspace below the home which had been a vented, dirt crawlspace. Dr. Energy Saver was able to the solve the problem by installing an Encapsulation System with Drainage Matting, Terra Block Floor Insulation, SilverGlo Insulation on the walls and an anti-microbial 20 mil liner, resulting in lower humidity, warmer floors, less drafts and a more comfortable house with lower fuel and electric bills.
This homeowner called us out to their home in South Windsor, CT to help them with their freezing cold basement. When we conducted our full home Energy Evaluation we noticed that their basement walls were insulated with fiberglass insulation. Fiberglass insulation will not work efficiently on its own, we know that if there isn't something covering the open side of the fiberglass insulated walls air is easily able to travel in and out of the home. In the winter this can create freezing cold basements, and cold floors above. We knew what we needed to do to help this homeowner.
We install our Fomax foam boards on the basement walls covering the fiberglass. We make sure to fasten the foam boards with Dr. Energy Saver's Foam-Tite Fasteners to keep the board in place. Now that the board is up, the fiberglass isn't left to try and do all the work on its own. Thanks to Dr. Energy Saver by Eco Energy Solutions, this is now a comfortable, warmer basement for this homeowner!
This homeowner in Windsor Locks, CT had just purchased their home and knew there was work to be done with the insulation. Cape Cod style homes often have poorly insulated kneewall spaces, and we can help.
The old insulation was dirty, ineffective, and falling apart so we started by removing it. Once the space was clean, we installed our SilverGlo graphite infused EPS foam with radiant barrier to keep the heat from the roof out and the heat from the home in. Lastly, we sealed the spaces between the boards.
Thanks to Dr. Energy Saver by Eco Energy Solutions, this home is far more energy efficient and comfortable.
This Homeowner in Windsor Locks, CT was putting away storage during the holidays and realized that the attic was not properly insulated. They were running ducts through the attic which is vented. The ducts were being exposed to extreme temperatures making it tougher to heat and cool the home. They also had a mold issue, which can be very dangerous!
The old, fiberglass insulation in their attic was ineffective and needed to be removed completely. We removed the insulation and the attic was vacuumed. Then, we spray our Mold-X2 to to kill and stop all mold spores from growing! Now, we had a clean work space, to start installing the foam insulation board. We got to work installing our SilverGlo graphite infused foam insulation board, across the roof rafter and Gable end. The foil on the foam board reflects heat out in summer, and keeps the warm air in during winter. The roof is still vented, and stays cold in winter to prevent ice damming. Now the attic is a conditioned space, and the ducts don't have to work so hard because the environment is at a maintained temperature. Thanks to Dr. Energy Saver by Eco Energy Solutions, these homeowners will have a more comfortable home, lower energy bills and a storage space in the attic!
These homeowners met us at the Western Massachusetts Home and Garden Show where they let us know that they had a porch that they were looking to make into more livable space. With our free energy evaluation, we found that they only had a thin radiant barrier under the floor, which was not enough to keep out the cold on its own.
We removed the radiant barrier and insulated the rim joist with spray foam to create a proper seal before getting to the insulation. We then started installing our SilverGlo insulation foam board. SilverGlo is a graphite infused expended polystyrene board with a radiant barrier facing, it has 24% more insulation value than standard expanded polystyrene board. Those boards were put in place with special long screws and 3 inch washers and then any spaces between the boards were sealed with spray foam.
Thanks to Dr. Energy Saver by Eco Energy Solutions, these homeowners can enjoy this porch all year round!
This homeowner in Pittsfield, MA had old, leaky basement windows. Single pane glass windows with metal frames let lots of cold air leak into your home.
We removed those old windows and replaced them with our high efficiency double pane glass windows which let in light while still blocking most of the heat flow.
Thanks to Dr Energy Saver by Eco Energy Solutions, this homeowner now has beautiful basement windows to keep the home comfortable whether it's hot or cold.
This homeowner in Suffield, CT called us out to their home because they were having some cold floor and humidity concerns. During our Home Energy Evaluation we noticed they had a dirt crawl space. In the winter, crawlspaces let a lot of cold air into your home, and with little to no insulation, your home is not protected from that harsh outdoor air. As you can see in the photo, there was some rim joist insulation, but not enough. Crawlspaces are known to be a very moist area, with lots of humidity issues, especially in the summer.
Time for our treatment! We first lay down our plastic dimple drainage mat across the floor. Next, our Terrablock insulation boards are installed on top of the drainage mat. Finally, we use our 20 mil thick encapsulation liner across the floor and seal it with special tape, fasteners, and spikes as needed. This liner contains anti-microbial ingredients to fight off any potential mold, and allergens! Now, thanks to Dr. Energy Saver by Eco Energy Solutions, this home is more comfortable, happy, and energy efficient!
These Homeowners in Enfield, CT called us to their home because of drafty rooms. During our energy evaluation, we noticed that the insulation in their attic was old and inefficient. We also noticed many air leaks.
First we removed all of the old fiberglass insulation and properly disposed of the materials. We then vacuumed the attic and cleaned up any loose pieces of old materials. Next we installed our Super Attic treatment! This treatment uses EPS foam board on the rafters making sure to air seal in between each piece of Silverglo EPS foam board. This creates a thermal barrier to the attic ceiling. Once we do this we go around the attic making sure every crack is air sealed to make sure the attic is air tight.
Thanks to Dr. Energy Saver by Eco Energy Solutions, these homeowners can feel comfortable in their home all year round.
These homeowners in Lebanon, CT were worried about their pipes freezing. If the basement and crawlspace are not sealed and insulated, heat coming off of the furnace or boiler is lost through leaks as well as by conduction through block walls.
To start, we sealed the rim joist with spray foam and addressed any air leaks. We then secured our SilverGlo foam to the walls to prevent any more loss of heat. SilverGlo is infused with graphite and has a reflective radiant barrier to keep in heat in the winter. For the portion of the home that was crawlspace, we made sure to address the dirt floor under that old tarp which we removed. We put down a dimpled matting to keep an air break, then TerraBlock floor insulation, and finally our vapor barrier to keep any moisture from getting up into the home.
Thanks to Dr. Energy Saver by Eco Energy Solutions, these homeowners can have peace of mind by not having to worry about losing heat or having their pipes freeze when winter rolls in.
These homeowners in Storrs Mansfield, CT had issues with their basement being cold and energy bills being high. For those with laundry set ups in the basement, it is extra important for the basement to be comfortable and not have to worry about freezing pipes. Not only that, but a basement that is not properly air sealed will let cold air from outside up into the home, making the heating system work harder to keep the home warm.
There was ineffective fiberglass insulation that we had to remove before starting our process, it was starting to fall apart and would only deteriorate further if left in. We sealed the rim joist with expanding foam and installed our Foamax polyiso insulation foam board onto the walls with our Foam-Tite fasteners. Foamax has flame retardant properties as well as a foil facing to reflect heat to keep it in.
Thanks to Dr. Energy Saver by Eco Energy Solutions, these homeowners will no longer have to be uncomfortable in their basement or worry about high energy bills.
This homeowner in Chicopee, MA was having issues with drafts in their home that they were looking to fix. Old metal framed, single pane windows allow the heat from inside the home escape both through the glass and the thermally conductive metal. A lot of air is also able to leak into the home.
We removed the old windows and installed our Everlast high efficiency vinyl window inserts. The windows feature two panes of high efficiency glass that allows light in without letting heat to escape. The vinyl will not rust, rot or need paint, making it perfect for the damp environment outside of the window.
Thanks to Dr. Energy Saver by Eco Energy Solutions, this house will no longer have drafts coming up into the home!
This customer in Holyoke, MA called us out because of a concern they were having in their home. Their concern was that they could not keep their home or family room warm in the winter. This was caused by a lack of proper insulation in the attic of the home. Without proper insulation air can leak into your attic and out of your home, making it difficult and costly to keep a home warm.
To fix this, we use our SuperPlatform treatment. First we need to remove the existing insulation. Our installers remove all of the old insulation, bag it up, and properly dispose of the materials. Since this home contains an HVAC system in their attic we have make sure there is a proper walkway, or catwalk in the attic. This makes it so that service can be done correctly and safely in a space where there are mechanics. Next, we lay our 4" SilverGlo foam board across the wooded walkway. This will increase the insulation value by 24%. We want to make sure that none of the blown in insulation we are installing will get on to our new walkway. Next, we have to install plywood over the foam board and held in place by long screws and washers. Following this step, we dense pack TruSoft cellulose insulation into any space beneath the catwalk that is not filled. Thanks to Dr. Energy Saver by Eco Energy Solutions, this customer is warmer and ecstatic with the temperature in their home!
This homeowner in Wilbraham, MA had issues with freezing pipes and keeping their home warm. They had an insulated, but not quite effective door leading from hatch steps to the outside into the basement that was letting the cold in. There was a foil facing but the door was made of wood and was starting to splinter and deteriorate.
We started by removing the old door and frame. Once we installed updated framing, we installed our insulated door with weather stripping and a locking knob. Outside air will no longer be able to get in, meaning a warmer basement in the winter, and less humidity in the summer.
Thanks to Dr. Energy Saver by Eco Energy Solutions, pipes will no longer freeze and the homeowner will be more comfortable.
Homeowner was referred to us by a prior client! He was experiencing issues with allergens in the basement including mold, dampness, and dust. This was a 1900's foundation wicking moisture into the home. Our Dr Energy Saver solution included the implementation of a Clean Space Encapsulation.
This homeowner in Stafford Springs, CT knew he had to upgrade the insulation in his crawlspace. Even at a quick glance it is clear that the old insulation was sagging and falling off the crawlspace ceiling, which leaves space for cold air to push up into the home causing cold floors and making the home harder to heat.
We started by pulling out the old, ineffective insulation. We then installed our SilverGlo foam board with special long screws and sealed any seams. SilverGlo is not only an excellent insulator, but it's not sagging or budging any time soon.
Thanks to Dr. Energy Saver by Eco Energy Solutions, this homeowner no longer has to worry about the cold seeping up into the home for the foreseeable future.
This homeowner in Ashford, CT was creating a studio above his garage that he could use all year round.
We attached our Insulweb polypropylene netting to joists on the ceiling and walls, this creates a cavity for our TruSoft cellulose to be installed in. Once in place, we cut small slits in the Insulweb that we can then insert a hose into to densely pack in our Trusoft cellulose. For these dormers, we also installed our Foamax Polyiso board in the triangular wall space above the window and sealed around them to keep drafts out.
Thanks to Dr. Energy Saver by Eco Energy Solutions, this studio can stay warm in the winter and cool in the summer and is ready to be finished off with drywall if the homeowner decides to later on.
This homeowner called us because they were having a serious issue with ice dams. Water was leaking in, even though they had a new roof.
When our Building Science Specialist evaluated the home, he realized that the second floor of the Cape style home suffered from inadequate insulation and air was leaking in through the soffits into the kneewall spaces.
To solve this problem, we first removed all existing batt insulation and prepped for new insulation in the attic area and air sealed the can lights in the cathedral ceiling. We then installed our SuperKneeWall™ Insulation System with SilverGlo™ on the walls and between floor joists as needed. We dense packed the roof, through the soffits with blown-in TruSoft™ Cellulose, air sealed the floor with ZypFoam™ and then insulated the attic floor with TruSoft™ Cellulose.
The second floor of this home is now properly air sealed and insulated and airflow will be distributed evenly throughout the home resulting in lower energy bills and no more ice dams!
This homeowner had an energy audit done and the company doing the audit refused to go further upon discovery of a rather invasive mold situation. The homeowner was desperate to get to the root of the problem and get it remedied immediately. The homeowner came across our ad in a local publication and gave us a call.
The solution to fixing the problems in this home was quite a process. This home has 3 crawlspace areas that all needed to be extensively treated with MoldX2™ Cleaner and Botanical to get rid of existing mold and help to prevent future mold from growing. Each Crawlspace needed to have our Crawlspace Encapsulation System installed with Drainage Matting, TerraBlock™ Floor Insulation and SilverGlo™ Insulation on the walls. In addition, we used ZypFoam™ Closed-Cell Spray Foam Insulation around the Rim Joists in the basement and crawlspaces to properly air seal and help keep moisture out. We Installed a SmartPump™ and SmartPipe™ System in the crawlspace under the living room to eliminate water. We also installed a SaniDry™ High Performance Basement Dehumidification System in Main basement area. After removing old and replacing attic insulation with TruSoft™ Cellulose , TiteShell™ Can Light Covers and air sealing in attic, this job is a Wrap!
These homeowners called us because they wanted the upstairs of their home to be more comfortable year-round and they also wanted their issues with Ice Dams resolved. These homeowners were also experiencing moisture issues throughout the home, especially in the basement.
Our Building Science Specialist was able to do a whole home evaluation based on the issues at hand and came up with the following solutions: First we would remove and dispose of old, dirty existing batt insulation in the attic and prep for fresh, clean insulation. Next we would extend the bath vent and duct bath fan through the gable end and to the outside so the air is no longer feeding into the attic and creating lots of moisture and mold. We air sealed and insulated the scuttle cover. We had to create a new entrance to the knee wall areas where we installed a Super KneeWall™ System with Silverglo™, then we dense packed the roof with TruSoft™ Cellulose insulation, air sealed the floor with ZypFoam™ and finished by insulating the attic floor with TruSoft™ Cellulose as well. Next we air sealed the basement with closed-cell Spray Foam insulation along the Rim Joists and installed Foamax™ board on the walls. We also Removed and replaced a few exterior doors.
Ice Dam prevention - Check! Energy Efficiency and lower energy bills - Check! Weather-proof and air seal the basement - Check! Dr. Energy Saver has resolved the issues and this job is finished! We Fix Uncomfortable Homes!