As a Dr. Energy Saver® Certified Energy Management Consultant, or “Doctor,” Paul has received the necessary training to provide an analysis of how each house uses and loses energy, and wastes money. He then helps each homeowner create a prioritized list of repairs or upgrades. Paul creates solutions so you can start saving energy and money right away.
Paul graduated Quinnipiac College in 1978 where he majored in biology and was a member of the ice hockey team. After attending Quinnipiac College he joined DiGioia Building Company where he spent three years learning the trade. In 1981 he started Zambrano Construction, Inc. where he is still the owner.
Paul is also a licensed new home builder. This, along with his other experience, makes Paul a great fit for becoming a Certified Energy Management Consultant. He has the knowledge needed to properly analyze each home and offer correct solutions.
Paul 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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This Ellington, CT home had a cantilever floor, which sticks out past the wall below it. Oftentimes when a home like this is constructed, the underside of the upper level floor is exposed to exterior temperatures, radiating uncomfortable temperatures into the home. The existing fiberglass insulation was a cheap fix to the problem because they did nothing to seal off the thermal bridge and had several air gaps allowing conditioned air out of the house. To repair this and insulate the house, we first removed the soffit boards. A silverGlo rigid foam insualtion block is installed in the bay to stop the thermal bridge between the second level floor and the exposed exterior wall. Next, polyurethane foam is sprayed around the block and the area above it. This ensures an airtight seal that's waterproof and will last for years to come! The results are increased comfort, less drafts, and lower energy costs!
When we arrived in this home, we found that air was escaping from the attic. This reduces energy efficiency, making the home drafty and uncomfortable. It was assumed the previous homeowners decided they no longer needed to use the whole house fan, so they had it "closed off" and insulated... whover completed this request did a poor job! The new owners did not want to completely negate the possibility of using of the fan, so they communicated with our home energy specialist who proposed an easy, yet effective answer to the problem. To repair this, we had to first remove the existing insulation from the dusty fan. Next, we created an insulated, airtight box around the house fan using our SilverGlo insulation and polyurethane expanding foam. Once the cover is placed on the box, air will nolonger be able to escape from the attic and the homeowners have the option of uncovering it for use at a later date. Dr. Energy Saver of Connecticut was able to provide a safer, more effective, and versatile solution to a tough problem!
The old fiberglass insulation in this Ellington, CT attic wasn't keeping up with the demands of the cold winters. It coudn't stop air from escaping out of the warm house. To repair the attic and make the house more comfortable, we had to first remove the old insulation. Next, we used polyurethane foam on any air leaks we found. This expanding foam fills every crack for an airtight seal, and also insulates! When we were finished with the air sealing, we blew cellulose into the attic. This super-green material not only insulates, but also resists combustion, insects, and mold. After this attic insulation upgrade, the owners of this home were far more comforable in their home, and saved money on heating the house as well!
The old-fashioned way to insulate a crawl space was to install fiberglass batts between the overhead joists. This is no longer recommended for several reasons. In a crawl space, fiberglass insulation tends to absorb moisture, which causes it to lose R-value and fall out of place, rendering it ineffective while also creating a mess. It is also an invitation to mice and other pests. To repair and insulate this crawlspace, we first removed the old insulation. To keep moisture from entering the space, we installed drainage matting beneath TerraBlock foam insulation on the floors, and the CleanSpace vapor barrier above it. On the walls, we used closed cell spray foam. It's perfect for a crawlspace environment! Closed cell foam cures dense and hard, and it forms an effective barrier against both moisture and air. When the crawl space was finished, the owners were able to enjoy a less humid and more energy efficient home!
One reason fiberglass insulation is a poor choice for crawlspaces is that it is an area that is vulnerable to moisture. Where the goal is to keep moisture out of the crawlspace, and subsequently the home, fiberglass batts absorb humidity and lose R-value when they do. When we arrived in this Stamford home, we found that the insulation had already grown heavy with dampness and had fallen. After removing the ineffective fiberglass, we used closed cell spray foam on the walls and our CleanSpace vapor barrier on the ground to insulate, air seal, and block out moisture entirely. The owners of this home have improved energy efficiency and home comfort, and lower energy bills because of encapsulating their crawl space!
In older houses, it is common for crawl spaces to have open vents installed. It was believed that the vents would allow fresh air to circulate through the area to help relieve moisture and humidity from the room. However, the air outside is often more wet and humid than the inside. Moist air that enters a vented crawl space will condense on cooler crawl space surfaces, ruining insulation and encouraging mold, mildew and wood decay. That air will also be naturally circulated up through all of the other levels of the home. Encapsulating the crawl space with our CleanSpace crawl space liner is the recommended treatment for a vented crawl space in order to separate and shield the crawl space from outside conditions. Our Everlast crawl space vent covers won’t warp, rot or crack and, most importantly, they are airtight, helping to ensure a dry crawl space and more comfortable living area.
This attic had poorly installed fiberglass batts insulation and several concerning areas for air leakage. The area was sealed with a sprayable orange foam and then our Trusoft cellulose insulation was installed. Both of these products combined will stop conditioned or heated air from escaping, eliminating drafts. Another important benefit of our Trusoft insulation is that it's fire retardant due to the treatment of natural borate compounds. Those same compounds prevent the presence of insects, rodents and mold!
Multi-level attics can cause homes to be especially drafty if not insulated properly. When one room has a higher ceiling than another, it leaves a short area completely exposed in the attic. Fiberglass batts can’t stop the air flow. This major air leak was causing high energy bills and a drafty house. To solve this problem, we installed SilverGlo insulation in place of the fiberglass and sealed it with expanding foam. As a result, the adjacent rooms in the home were significantly warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer, and the house was less drafty and more comfortable overall.
Exposed and leaky air ducts can be a huge source of energy loss in the home. It doesn't take long for a hot summer attic to warm up the cool, conditioned air in the ducts – air that the homeowner paid to cool! To make the heating and cooling system more efficient and less costly, we insulated the ductwork with our Spray Foam insulation and TruSoft blown cellulose. Blown Cellulose exceeds the insulation value of fiberglass, with R-values as high as R-4 per inch because it perfecly fills all the nooks within wall cavities and around duct work. And unlike fiberglass insulation, which can't stop air movement, Spray Foam insulation is effective in slowing or stopping air leaks that can waste energy and cause cold drafts.
This meriden home had insulation that wasn't very efficient. The attic was very drafty and alot of air would escape. The home owners were very frustrated with their previously poorly installed insulation and decided its time to call someone to fix it. They contacted us here at Dr. EnergySaver of Connecticut and Paul Zambrano, one of hour home energy specialists came up with a solution to fix the issue for good. We took out their fiberglass insulation and put in our Spray foam. Spray foam is an open-cell foam made up of tiny bubbles that are interconnected. The bubbles hold air, which provides insulation value — typically between R-3.5 and R-4 per inch. The homeowners now have a better insulated and seal attic that holds in their heated or conditioned air, saving them big money on their heating and cooling costs.
One of the most important steps to an attic insulation job is to air seal the attic with expanding polyurethane foam. After that, we can put in the right insulation for the job, which in this case was blown cellulose insulation. Our TruSoft cellulose insulation offers an affordable and effective way to upgrade attic insulation. The homeowners noticed immediate improvements in the comfort and energy costs of the home!