Insulation Services Photo Album: Cellulose Attic Insulation in Manasquan, NJ
To address the poor indoor air quality in their home and to keep their family cozy this winter, these customers knew they needed to do something about their old, dirty, and obsolete fiberglass insulation! After researching possible insulation solutions they contacted Dr. Energy Saver of the Jersey Shore to come to their home to suggest solutions that will help fix their indoor air quality and comfort issues. After an in-home diagnosis, it was determined that removing their extremely worn fiberglass insulation would be the first step. This would remove any foreign molds or odors building in the fiberglass, which enters your home through spaces between the homes construction. Then, the next step would be to air-seal the attic and cover the attic area with cellulose insulation. Air-sealing the attic will stop air's ability to move through all of the cavitives and little cracks that lead into the attic. During the air-sealing process it was discovered that a whole return duct was left wide open feeding into the attic and not back into the system by the installing contractors. This was severely hurting the efficiency of the system, and air quality in the home. After all holes and deficiencies like this were covered, then the cellulose is sprayed. The cellulose will blanket the attic, creating a 16" barrier of insulation between the sheet rock and outside air. This simple upgrade will bring optimal changes in comfort, indoor air quality, and energy savings, realized throughout the upcoming winter and in the future.
Old Attic Insulation
This dirty fiberglass isn't doing much to stop the outside air from moving into this customer's home!
Due to the poor condition of the old fiberglass, blowing the cellulose over the old insulation would not have been in the best interest in comfort and energy savings due to the fact it was only functioning at a small fraction of it's maximum R-Value(resistance to heat flow)
Open Return Duct
This open return duct in the attic was leaking a lot of air when the house was depressurized during the blower door test. You can see the smoke from our smoke stick being pulled straight down into the home. Air sealing all deficiencies like this are key to a successful home insulation.
Return Vent Sealed
By covering the opening with a piece of foam board, and sealing it with spray foam we were able to seal off the duct system from the rest of the attic and insulate over where the vent is now covered with cellulose.
Sea of cellulose insulates attic by blanketing the over the sheet rock and framing system. Also covering sealed deficiencies.
Soffit Vents Installed
To ensure the attic is properly vented with outside air, so that it does not create moisture problems, soffit vents are installed. They keep a clear channel for air to flow through from the outside while protecting the conditioned space in your home.