Member of the US Army's 82nd Airborne Division, after exiting in 1986 relocated to central NJ to join a start up company and remained for 20 years. During that time continued to build technical, leadership and customer services skills through continuous education. Primary focus for over a decade of making homes more comfortable, healthier and energy efficient. Member of numerous HVAC and Home Performance industry organizations.
Industry certifications, (NATE) North American Technician Excellence, since 2000, (BPI) Building Performance Institute, Building Analyst, Envelope Professional, Heating, AC & Heatpump since 2007. Dr. Energy Saver certified Energy Saving Specialists since 2013.
David enjoys meeting with homeowners and helping them uncover their home energy losses, enabling them to save money and get more out of their homes.
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These customers had no place for storage in their large attic, they were forced to walk along 4" wide boards across the framing of the house. After reaching out to Dr. Energy Saver for insulation solutions they were pleased to find that they could choose to add a storage deck in their attic. The customers chose to install an attic super deck which is plywood with cellulose densely packed underneath to ensure the area is insulated. After airsealing around the chimney, plywood was cut to create a sturdy and safe storage area to walk on and also created a dam between the 16" of cellulose that was used to insulate the rest of the attic.
This customers energy bills were cut in half by a crawlspace encapsulation and airseal and insulation in the attic. This crawlspace already had a thin plastic liner that was only blanketing the dirt where it was not torn. Installing the Clean Space Liner sealed off all the dirt and moisture from the ground protecting the bottom of your home from outside air and moisture build up. Spray foaming the outside walls ensured the aread would stay insulated and keep the floors comfortable.
One of this customers problems with keeping their house comfortable was their attic stair hatch was not insulated and allowed a lot of air to leak into the home. To stop air from leaking around the hatch these customers opted to have Dr. Energy Saver cover the opening with a David Lewis attic stair cover. This creates an insulation barrier between the attic and inside that will also stop air from moving freely between the two spaces. The cover is custom fit to your pull down stairs with bungee cords to ensure it stays put and is light and can easily be moved on your way up or down the stairs.
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.
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!
This customers attic was sweating! After he installed his own insulation, he compromised the attics ventilation system. Without fresh air being able to properly cycle through your attic, it will become humid and moisture will start to form on the framing and insulation in the attic. He called in the professionals to come clean up the mess. Dr. Energy Saver's team was able to correct the ventilation issues and saved this homeowners roof and insulation from rotting due to moisture.
This house in Sea Girt, NJ's lack of insulation in the attic was not keeping the customers heated or cooled air inside of the home. Allowing this air to escape your home means you are spending more money to heat and cool than you should, and tyou are not as comfortable as you could be in your home! You can see the difference after adding 11" of cellulose, how it looks like a warm wool blanket pulled over the top of the house. With no cracks or gaps for the air to go, it is forced to remain in the house. Simply upgrading your insulation can yield amazing results in both comfort in the home, and savings on energy costs.
This customer in Neptune, NJ recently decided to undergo total interior renovations, this included calling Dr. Energy Saver for insulation solutions. Through educating the customer on cellulose, he was able to make an informed decision on how to effectively insulate his home. Since the wall frames were already exposed, it made it easy for us to access the framing rather than having to cut holes in the sheetrock. To keep the cellulose in place and to ensure that it is densely packed, we covered the framing system in a thin netting. This allowed the cellulose to remain in place until the interior wall renovations are completed, then sheetrock will be placed over the frame and cellulose.
When your A/C system conditions air, you pay for that air. Why would you let money pour out of your ducts? Getting that air into your home will make you more comfortable and save you money! It's important to have a well functioning duct system or the most powerful A/C in the world won't cool your home. For this customer these flexible ducts were letting a lot of air slip out of the joints. Dr. Energy recognized this problem and added it to our job itenirary so that all of our work in this customer's house would work together to create an efficient system.
This customer in Bradley Beach had a crawlspace that was cold and wet all year resulting in cold floors in the rooms above the crawlspace. Around the crawlspace was a foundation wall that was only about 2 ft. tall, the rest of the wall was made of dirt that led directly to outside. This also raised some indoor air quality issues due to the amount of debris in the crawlspace. Dr. Energy Saver's solution for this customer was to encapsulate the crawlspace with our CleanSpace liner and seal the walls in closed cell foam to completely block all outside air and debris. The floors above the crawlspace now maintain a moderate temperature thanks to Dr. Energy Saver's solution.
This customer couldn't take it anymore! His bedroom and bathroom each bordered one side of the stairwell and they both were freezing in the winter and steaming hot in the summer along with the stairwell itself. He did the best he could purchasing pink, flimsy foam board to lay on the kneewalls in the attic. Even after his own band-aid solution, he was too uncomfortable in his own home. However, he caught a break when he stumbled upon Dr. Energy Saver! We were able to provide a simple, yet effective solution for our friend in Tinton Falls. We air sealed any gaps then insulated the kneewalls with reflective barrier foam board, resulting in a more comfortable bedroom and bathroom for the customer.
This customer's front wall was getting hit with direct wind because his home was facing a lake in Ocean Grove, NJ. It was leaving his home uncomfortable because they could feel a draft while sitting in their living room right inside the wall. It was also across from a busy main street in Asbury, so it sometimes got kind of loud in the house from across the street. Dense packing the wall will both seal and insulate the wall, stopping any draft or other effects from the harsh winds. It will also reduce the noise the customers are dealing with from across the street from the shops and leave them feeling more comfortable in their home.
Densely packing cellulose inside the wall from outside of the home is simple and not destructive. You can easily remove a row of siding and drill a hole in the wood below to access the cavities. Then, after you are done you can just plug the hole and reinstall the siding without a problem.
This family was newly renovating their second floor when they contacted Dr. Energy Saver about possible insulation solutions for their second floor's exterior walls. Dr. Energy was able to hang insulweb, insulation webbing onto the walls wooden framing. This allowed for the crew to fill the bays with insulation even before the homeowners finish their current renovations. Now, the other contractors can just hang sheetrock over the insulweb.
The clergy of First Assembly of God Church in Shrewbury reached out to Dr. Energy Saver to help solve their comfort issues above their rectory. Dr. Energy found their ducts were not getting the air to the conditioned space because of all of the air leakage in the ducts. They felt the ducts were blowing in hot air instead of the conditioned air that is supposed to come in. By encapsulating the ducts with 2" polyisocyanurate foam board and sealing it them with closed cell spray foam Dr. Energy completely maximized the efficiency of the duct system. Maximizing the efficiency of the duct system ensures that no air will escape and all will reach the conditioned space keeping the occupants comfortable.
This customer was feeling cold in her bedroom because a kneewall that borders the attic space was allowing a lot of cold air to move into the room because the wall was not properly air sealed or insulated. A large cavity next to the building support also allowed a lot of cool air to freely move through the attic from below. By insulating the kneewall with 2" reflective radiant barrier foam board, Dr. Energy Saver was able to keep the cold air out of the customer's bedroom. Sealing off the cavity with foam board as well slowed the movement of air through the attic dramatically.
This attic kneewall was leaking a considerable amount of air into this customer's home in Red Bank, NJ due to a lack of insulation. In order to stop this problem, Dr. Energy Saver sheathed the wall in 2" polyisocyanurate foam board and sealed it with expanding spray foam to create an air-sealed barrier between the attic and the inside of the house. This fix has left the homeowner feeling more comfortable and happy about saving money on his energy bills for the rest of the time he owns the house.
These customers floors were too cold. Their rim joist (the floor's framing system) was barely protected from air passing through the gaps between the wood because there was just a thin piece of fiberglass stuck up there. This left the basement and the floors above it to always feel colder than the rest of the house. Dr. Energy Saver has a simple solution to this prevelant issue, we spray over 2" of closed cellspray foam over the joist to ensure that no air can move between the boards.
When your homes skylight is not insulated properly, it can allow a lot of hot air to move from the attic into your home's living space. This was the problem at a home in Freehold, NJ. Their skylight was insulated by flimsy, fluffy, fiberglass insulation. So they called the experts at Dr. Energy Saver to solve the problem!
By encapsulating the framing of the skylight in 2" high density polyisocyanurate foam board you can heavily reduce the airflow and amount of heat moving through the cavity and into your home. Resulting in cooler rooms during the summer and warmer during the winter.
This family saved on their energy expenses with this simple fix!
If your attic shares a vertical border wall with a room, generally this room is closer to the temperature of the attic than the rest of the house. This was the case of this Freehold, NJ home. The only thing that was standing between the room and the outside air was a thin piece of sheet rock and some weak, ineffective fiberglass insulation. In the summers, the room gets burning hot, and in the winters, it gets extremely cold! These homeowners decided to call us for help.
To stop the free movement of air through this wall, we created an airtight seal by filling all cracks and crevices with closed cell foam. We then covered the foam with two inch reflective polyisocyanurate foam board - resulting in a room that is consistent with the temperature throughout the rest of the house. Without that free-flowing air between the attic and the room, the homeowners are very comfortable!
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