Our Experts were able to help a local homeowner from San Antonio find solutions to an extremely hot attic. The traditional fiberglass insulation that was already existing just wasn't doing the job so the customer reached out to Per-Foam-Ance by Doctor Energy Saver for help. With the experience of our team new, high quality insulation was installed using air sealing techniques to stabilize the temperature allowing the homeowner more comfort and lower energy costs!
To accomplish this, our crew used methods that included: Cellulose Insulation; Spray Foam; Receased Lighting insulation, hatch insulation, duct insulation; insulation of the traditional attic assembly. After two days of hard work our homeowner was already noticing the results and very pleased with our work.
We were doing some work on this customer's home, and noticed that they had some rotting wood trim above their front door. This can happen when untreated wood is exposed to the elements and can lessen the appearance of your home. The mold can eventually spread to other parts of your home. We were able to get permission from the homeowner to help them with this problem - at no cost to them! These homeowners were very pleased with the service they received and the updated look to the entry to their house!
Can lights are a source of tremendous air leakage between your attic and living space in your home. This air leakage causes air to be replaced or pulled in from another area of your home making your energy systems work harder and your utility bills higher.
Many contractors, especially in older homes often rush this step and try to seal the can lights but most of the time it is done improperly. We needed to remove the previous attempt at air sealing in order to properly seal these can lights, creating a conditioned space in the attic.
In this particular home, each can light had to have a custom housing enclosure. This is a major step in creating a conditioned space in your attic. This will lower your energy consumption and also make your family more comfortable!
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Home comfort is important, especially during San Antonio's hot summers and chilly winter nights, so the quality and condition of your HVAC system should never be overlooked. Even more important, your indoor air quality is connected to the condition of your air ducts, so a lack of maintenance could lead to poor air quality and health problems for you and your family. Per-Foam-Ance Construction and Energy By Dr. Energy Saver Home Services is your professional HVAC company and home insulation expert serving San Antonio and nearby cities and towns in Texas. With 25 years of experience, highly trained and certified employees, and proven home insulation materials and methods, you can trust us for energy efficient home comfort solutions!
We specialize in complete weatherization and air sealing to eliminate air leakage and help you save money on your heating and cooling costs. We also provide attic insulation, crawl space insulation, roof insulation, wall insulation, garage insulation, and duct insulation, and we will advise you on the best methods and materials for your home's specific needs. As an authorized Dr. Energy Saver company, we have access to leading insulation solutions such as:
Whether you need home insulation services or commercial spray foam insulation for your business or new construction, we can help! Don't hesitate to give us a call to find out more.
If you need a heating system or air conditioning replacement, our HVAC technicians are available for general maintenance, HVAC repairs, and complete HVAC installation. We work with hot water heaters, furnaces, boilers, and home heating systems of every type. We also offer duct sealing, duct cleaning, and duct repair, as well as air quality and air conditioning services for the following AC systems:
Your home's interior should be a comfortable living environment, keeping you cool during the summer and warm during the winter, so don't put up with a faulty heating and cooling system! Here at Per-Foam-Ance Construction and Energy By Dr. Energy Saver Home Services, we will put your needs above all else and ensure that your home's interior temperature stays comfortable year-round – all while boosting your energy efficiency for lower utility bills!
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This customer had us come over complaining about his kitchen being very warm. When asked if he had any other concerns he was aware of he replied "no"?
Dr. Energy's normal practice is to have conversations with the homeowners revealing all things about their home that really is an inconvenience or comfort issue. Then we do an initial walk-through with the customer providing us the customers accomplish list.
At this time, we ask for permission to point out any health or safety issues we might come across. Stating that we will document scientifically what is going on within their home as it pertains to their concerns - or as we call it the "Customers Accomplish List".
After careful inspection, it was determined that the air movement within the home was causing all of his problems with his discomfort. We started first with our blower door test, through de-pressurization. In other words, this function is like creating a 15 mph wind on all sides of the home.
By doing this, we are replicating or acting like nature, allowing the air movement now to be seen by the infrared cameras and other equipment we bring into the home at the time of the appointment.
The customers seeing, feeling, and understanding our findings allow the customer to understand what category or energy principles are being manipulated by the inner workings of the home.
1. Something we here at Dr. Energy Saver know through our intensive testing is that often times your home lets in or loses air on the outside bottom of the home where the foundation stops and the siding begins. We sealed it with foam as the gap was over 1/8"
2. Had several recessed can style light allowing a tremendous amount of air to pass to and from the attic. We installed tight shell can light covers - a patented product that's sealed with foam.
3. Removed all of the existing insulation as it was very dirty and well below the recommended levels.
4. Complete air sealing in the attic of any protrusions made from light fixtures, plumbing, wires in addition to all the exterior and interior wall top plates. with the exterior bottoms sealed and all above items sealed we have effectively separated the live space often called "Condition Space" from the outside as well as the attic.
5. Once steps #2 - #4 are completed - We blew in Tru-Soft cellulose ( another product exclusive by Dr. Energy Saver) to a level of R-38 which is our regions recommended value level.
6. we replaced the 2'x2' square scuttle hatch with a full size pull down stair entry.
7. The attic sealing would not be complete without properly putting an airtight cover over the pulldowns (attic side ) called a "David Lewis " Hatch cover. Yet another Dr. Energy Saver exclusive product.
The customer has reported to us that not only is my kitchen no longer warmer than the rest of the home. But my air conditioner runs much less now. And my electric bills are much lower
This customer complained of very low thermostat setting resulting in still very warm rooms. She also proceeds to climb up on a chair holding her hands up by the register. Due to the very little air that was coming out, she and her husband were convinced that they were needing a new air conditioner.
Asking many questions of them, it came out that this would be their 3rd AC in 9 years, what the best brand of conditioner was for them, and how much would they have to come up with this time.
Our detailed inspection of the unit found nothing wrong other than slightly low on freon levels, and somewhat dirty vent screens. Further inspections using the "whole home" approach revealed problems with the runs themselves as well as poorly secured boots and registers. The solution was a total encapsulation of the existing duct runs (as runs themselves were sound) did have numerous separations, leaks, loose joint fasteners. With minor repair to the metal components, as well as complete encapsulation, and sealing all of the boots and registers, replacing the air conditioner was NOT needed.
RESULTS! - Equal and consistent air flow from the unit to each room was achieved. and cost came in at approx $2,300.00.
This customer called us stating his home was very hard to cool and keep cool for any length of time. He informed us about his frustration—after spending over $3,000.00 with a contractor to install a radiant barrier to the underside of the roof decking with the understanding from the contractor that this application would lower the temperature of the attic to a degree that would allow him to now cool the home in a manner he wanted. The customer realized no difference. Frustrated, he called another insulation contractor after speaking with friends and family, he was convinced that he simply needed to have more insulation blown in. Proceeds to do so at a cost of over $2,000.00 only to realize a minimal difference. The home continues to be uncomfortably warm no matter how low the thermostat was set.
While researching this problem, knowing there had to be reasons for the discomfort he and his family were experiencing (rather than give up), he came across our website where "We Fix Uncomfortable Homes"
When we arrive, he proceeds to show us the 3 additional bids from other contractors claiming they could once and for all fix this problem. The highest bid was nearly $18,000.00 while the lowest bid was just under $9,000.00. As with all of our appointments, we asked many questions about them, the home, what exactly they are trying to accomplish, being very specific and listening to the customers.
Using several pieces of our testing equipment (infrared cameras, blower door tests, smoke pencils) as in many cases, it was discovered that the home was losing or leaking air to and from the attic and the conditioners airspace. After explaining in great detail "the stack effect" principle, it became clear that in air sealing all penetrations, top plates of all interior and exterior walls, light and fan fixtures, wire and pipe penetrations the air leakage could be stopped. By adding tight shell recessed light covers, and sealing them with foam as well as sealing the entrance to the attic with a "David Lewis Hatch Cover" PROBLEM SOLVED!!
This job came in at $3,200.00 total and the customer has achieved the results he was looking for.
This customer called just looking for a quote from us, which is a very common call we get. "I think I need more insulation. Do you handle all types?"
We work to keep with the "Dr. Energy" approach to addressing our customers concerns and discomfort issues. We have a conversation with them, drilling down to get to the root causes as to why they have us out to their home, what it us that they wish to accomplish as a result of our visit. In doing this, the customer reveals and creates what is known as their "accomplish list"
After we established the accomplish list and a detailed inspection with the customer in his attic, revealed to us was dirty and degraded insulation. Currently, removal was decided at that time by them. The customer now has an understanding of the effects caused by the stack effect principle. The customer decided on air sealing his attic penetrations was a must prior to blowing in Tru-Soft cellulose to an R-38 level in keeping with our regions recommended levels. They chose Tru-Soft cellulose for not only its unique insulating properties, but loved the idea that it was treated with "Sodium Benzoate" a natural salt base for rodent and insect deterrent. Sealing the attic hatch with our Dr. energy saver exclusive "David Lewis" airtight hatch completed the process.
This customer contacted us because his electric bills were very high and his home felt cold and drafty. He already had his home insulated twice in his lifetime.
When we arrived at the home, we spoke with Mr. S and heard his concerns. When doing our evaluation of the home, we discovered his attic had never been sealed and the insulation was not enough R-value for our region. We also found that Mr. S had can lighting in his home that allows a lot of air that he pays to heat/cool to escape into his attic and to be lost to the outside.
We proposed that we air seal all attic penetrations and properly seal all can lights with the tight shell can light covers that are fireproof.
We insulated the home with Tru-Soft cellulose insulation, we also installed solar screens on his windows to prevent the sun from heating up and penetrating into his home.
He also had leaky ductwork from not being properly sealed. We sealed all the ducts so that the air he was paying to cool or heat no longer leaked into the attic where his ducts are located, but would instead just go straight into his home where it's supposed to go. His central heater is also located in the attic. Since this cooling/heating unit needs to be serviced occasionally, we installed a complete catwalk with Silver-Glo EPS foam board insulation so that the R-value of the insulation would not be compromised when the service tech had to go in the attic.
With doing all of these items in the home, this customer's bills have come down by $200.00 a month! Mr. S is very happy and states that his home has never felt so comfortable.
This customer lives in a three-story home that was a quadplex, but he turned it into a single residence. He then converted the attic space into an office/bedroom.
This area took on the look of the upstairs of a cape cod with knee walls on either side. The difference here is only one side had access to it.
The customer had just replaced his conventional shingle roof with a new metal roof.
Due to it being a metal roof that was installed, the material affixes directly onto roof joists. This means no roof decking, leading to the rain being heard as it hits the roof. The owner did not like having to hear the loud noises so often.
After questioning, it was determined that he wished not to address anything else but the sound of the rain hitting the metal roof.
We here at Dr. Energy Saver strive to accomplish exactly what our customers are trying to achieve, with that in mind, we do our best to assess the concerns of the customer & provide the right solution to their problem, at the same time, maintaining our whole home approach through the education & building science principals. After investigation, it was determined that a spray foam application in various areas in the attic would achieve the goals of the customer.
This client called us to his home because he was interested in purchasing a new A/C system from us. He had been getting bids from other HVAC companies but did not feel as though he was receiving good customer service from them.
So we went out to his home and spoke with him and his wife, trying to get to know them, and what was it they wanted to accomplish from their A/C system
We also took a little time to look at their A/C ductwork to make sure that the ductwork itself was adequate. They stated we were the first company to actually go into the attic to look at the existing setup. Previous contractors just tried to sell them ductwork without looking at the attic ducts at all.
We discovered that it was just the second-floor ductwork that needed replacement, because his first-floor ducts were still in good condition.
We changed out his complete A/C system and second-floor ductwork. We gave him a military discount and a preferred customer discount for his service to our country. He and his wife are very pleased with our company, and we are proud to be of service to any and all of our customers.
This client contacted our company because he had been looking to insulate his home and was impressed with our reviews. We went out to his home and spoke at great length about what services we could provide for him and his family.
We did a full energy audit of his home and shared the findings with him. (we believe in full disclosure) He said that other companies before us had not done or even looked at half of everything we did.
His home needed air sealing of all penetrations in his attic. His ducting was not properly sealed at connections. He also needed attic insulation. So we sealed all of the penetrations in the attic and at his duct connections at the boots and registers. We also installed R-38 Tru-Soft cellulose insulation.
He was very impressed with our work crew and how clean they kept their work areas. He really appreciated this especially since he is a retired military veteran. He also received a discount on our services due to his service to our country.
He just loves the results of all our hard work on his home. And we just love to make homes comfortable for everyone.
This customer had bought a complete A/C system from our company and was given a great deal on the air sealing and attic insulation.
So, as usual, we went to the customer's home to measure out the correct size of the home that needs air sealing and attic insulation. Precision is key here to ensure the maximum comfort level is achieved for your home.
Once the A/C system had been installed, and we finished air sealing and insulating his home. The results were more than he imagined they would be. He and his family are so happy they contacted us here at Dr. Energy Saver San Antonio.
This customer had very cold floors which made it almost impossible to keep the home warm.
Using the "Whole Home Inspection" approach, it was determined that the home's insulation was nearly non-existent. What little they had in the attic was 4" fiberglass while, batting that was more than 25 years old.
Due to rodent droppings and deteriorating insulation. The customer had us remove the old insulation.
We then had complete, unobstructed access to air-seal every top plate and all run extractions present in the attic. We then blew in the R-38 (which is to code in our region) cellulose in the attic, by installing an airtight attic hatch cover. The attic area was now complete.
The customer then decided to dense pack the exterior walls, floors, and leaving them a nice comfortable warm home.
This case was a repeat customer.
We have solved her issues with her uncomfortable home previously.
In fact, before purchasing the new home, she allotted the money for improvements, she knew this one needed things similar to her previous home.
She went one step further here and included solar screens this time.
So we removed the old insulation then air sealed the attic with blown cellulose to a value of R-38. We also installed a David Lewis hatch cover then replaced the old and inadequate ducts runs.
She has also been been kind enough to refer us to others.
Customer called with complaints of uneven room temperatures—commonly seen here in our climate.
She was friends with one of our past clients and was present to see first hand what Dr. Energy had done at that home.
After a full detailed home inspection with the couple, they decided to completely stop the ill effects of the "Stack Effect"
So we removed the old insulation, completely air sealed all the penetrations in the attic, then we installed recessed can lighting covers, installed baffle preserving proper air flow strategy in the attic airtight David Lewis hatch cover. Results achieved.
Once again here's a common call we get every day. The customer can not cool off their entire home. This customers house was built in the 1920's and as such insulation was NOT a building requirement.
We air sealed the attic space and installed Blown In R-38 Tru-soft cellulose insulation. The customer wants to have us dense pack the exterior walls and add solar screens to this project in the future. He is very happy with our work.
This client called us because he was concerned about his central A/C unit always running, but did not seem to be getting proper airflow into his home. We went out to this client's house and discovered he had holes in his A/C duct work in seven (7) runs of his ducts.
We proposed to replace all seven (7) runs of duct-work with new and insulated ducts and to seal them correctly at both registers. In doing this, the client stated that he has a lot of airflow coming into his home like he wanted and that his unit was not continuing to stay on too long to get the home to the desired temperature that he wanted for his home. This client is very happy with the results.
This client contacted us due to problems with an A/C company that he had hired. He stated this other company had installed undersized ducts throughout his whole house to cut corners. (This kind of practice or treatment of customers SHOULD NEVER be done!)
When we arrived at the client's home, we discovered that he was correct, and the duct-work was undersized and needed replacing.
We proposed to install new duct-work to supply the proper size of the rooms. In doing just this, the client's home went from hot and humid to cool and comfortable. The client was very happy with all the results of our work at his home.
Customer wanted to make her son’s home cooler. We performed our tests for her, and found she had inadequate existing insulation, and an absence of air sealing. She had also had an Air Conditioner replaced in the last year, but the AC company did not replace her existing ductwork that was old, and really should have been replaced. We used blown in cellulose insulation to bring her insulation to the code R Value of R-38. We air sealed all attic penetrations, replaced all her old ductwork, and sealed the registers too! This home is now very comfortable, and the customer is glad she called us!
Customer had an Air Conditioner that wasn’t working very well at all. We went out, and identified that he did indeed need a new one. The problem was, the customer was not able to afford the new system, without a little bit of help. We were able to get him financed through our finance company, replace his system, and make him a very happy, comfortable customer! He sure is happy he called us!
Our Customer had a hot kitchen and family room downstairs. We performed the blower door test, and discovered inadequate insulation and absence of air sealing. Through the inspection, we discovered that we had air from the outside leaking in from the perimeter as well. We removed the insulation, performed total attic Air Seal, installed cellulose insulation with an R Value of R-40, slightly exceeding the recommended R Value of R-38. We also sealed the entire exterior perimeter of the customers home stopping any air infiltration at that point. We also relocated the existing attic access and installed a brand new set of pull down stairs to be more convenient than the existing hatch, and installed a David Lewis Hatch Cover to complete the attic sealing process. This customer was very glad he called us!
This is an unfortunate story of a customer that did not receive the results that she wanted. When we arrived at the home, the customer did not have any insulation at all. She did not have any specific type of insulation in mind, so we took it upon ourselves to show her samples explain to her each different insulation keeping in mind energy efficiency, effective results, home comfortability, safety and health. At the end of our presentation the customer decided she wanted to go with blown insulation fiberglass.
We completed the job for her. She had a 1000 Sq foot home. When we left her home she was pleased and felt the difference right away. Unfortunately about 2 1/2 weeks later the customer reported that she had rats in her attic. I explained to her that the blown insulation has no chemicals to prevent rats from going in her home like some of the other insulation that was presented and explained in depth. This customer chose the wrong product for the job, and unfortunately was dealing with the consequences. We referred her to an exterminator, and of course, welcomed her to have us back to correct the problem permanently.
This customer was set on demolishing a chimney that was in her living room when we arrived. It was taking up too much space, and she needed her home to be wheelchair accessible for her husband who was in a wheelchair. In order to remove the chimney, we would have to add a wall that would stretch about 12 feet. She also had a special request of a tape and orange peel texture. She was also in a time crunch.
We were able to throw all hands on deck and completed the project before her deadline. She was ecstatic that we accomplished such beautiful results so quickly, and felt relieved that her home would be accessible for her husband!
This customer wanted to replace an exterior wall due to complaints of ‘dipping’. The length was 38 ft. long and 15 ft high, and it was not level. In the middle of the wall, there was a dip of about 6 inches! The wall was curved, and it was experiencing issues from not be properly leveled or vented correctly.
In order to help this homeowner correct the wall issues, we had to do a complete demo of the siding and correct the venting issues as well. After the siding was removed, we then were able to reframe the existing wall in order to make sure it was level. As always, we like to leave things better than we found them, so we added siding that was cut into 8 1/4" by 12 feet long sheets to the whole outside wall that had been removed. After the installation of a new vent for attic, we had corrected this homeowner’s wall issues for good. At the end of the project, the customer decided that the new siding looked so good he wanted the rest of his home done the same!
Our crew was faced with a difficult challenge when they arrived at this customer's home. The customer was interested in attic insulation and was very vocal that they were already set on another company because of pricing as soon as we stepped into the door. We convinced them to let us give them a quote and compare it to the other companies quote that they had scheduled later on in the day. Once they agreed our team went to work!
We inspected their attic and immediately found a multitude of issues that were causing high energy bills, unhealthy environments, and an uncomfortable home. One of the most concerning issues was that their ducts in the attic were not sealed properly and they were wasting energy and more importantly the dust getting sucked into their home from the attic could be affecting their health. Our crew could also tell that the homeowner was trying to do what they could about their attic when they found an attic cover installed by the homeowner. However without the expertise of a Building Science Professional you are unlikely to achieve your goals alone.
After our inspection we sat down with the homeowner and explained how their home was working as a whole and how it was not very energy efficient and could be effecting their health. We explained that both insulation and air-sealing was necessary for their home. They were experiencing issues from the stack effect and we knew how to fix it. After we explained our process, products, employee expertise and company mission they began to see why working with Dr. Energy saver was more beneficial.
After we prepared a quote that included specials and discounts from that weeks promotion it was a no brainer for our customer. The homeowner ending up canceling the appointment with the other company, and started the job right away! They were so happy with their services that they hugged us as we left. Dr. Energy Saver provides services at a reasonable cost because we want to help you!
Sometimes in order to create an energy efficient conditioned space in your attic work must be done on the outside of the roof. Even though the goal is to create a sealed conditioned space in your attic there are also other things to think about. Proper ventilation is also important for achieving your home energy goals and sometimes this means that exterior work must be done on the roof to create proper venting for your space. The ventilation also prevents mold from forming.
This customer had an inefficient attic and was not happy with their high utility bills. We started where we always start first and that is the attic. We were able to make many improvements to this customers attic in order to optimize energy efficiency with their cooling system. They were very pleased and noticed the results right away!