Reflective insulation, or foil information has proven to be very useful in controlling temperatures in a home. Have you ever wondered how you could save money on how you heat and cool your home? Sure you have! Reflective insulation can do just that.
By using foil bubble insulation in spots where temperatures are difficult to control, such as attics, walls and underneath the floor. You can regulate the temperatures so that your heating and cooling systems don’t have to work so hard.
So how does foil insulation work? The foil works to reflect radiant heat rather than absorb it. Heat travels from warm areas to cooler ones by conduction, convection and radiation. Fiberglass and other mass type insulations only inhibit heat conductions and convection. They do nothing to stop “radiant” heat transfer. The foil insulation reflects radiant heat. It can help keep your home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. I turns your house into a thermos.
For example, the sun beats down on a home’s roof which makes the attic temperatures rise, then the heat radiates down into the house, raising the house temperature where the air conditioner has to work overtime. You can reduce attic temperatures by laying foil bubble insulation on the ceiling joists of the attic, or stapling under the roof rafters. The heat is reflected back up by the radiant insulation barrier. In the winter, radiant barrier insulation will reflect the radiant heat energy back into your home. Instead of letting is just penetrate the ceiling, floors and walls mass type insulation.
Foil insulation is required under a “staple-up” radiant floor installation. Radiant floors generate a lot of radiant energy. They are like a light bulb shining energy in all directions. We do not want 50% of that radiant energy to be lost going in the wrong direction. Most radiant floors will not work without it. So with reflective foil insulation below our radiant floors we recover that radiant energy and reflect it back into the room.
There is also Bubble Foil Bubble insulation especially designed for under concrete slabs. The bubble layers protect the foil and give the necessary air gap to allow the foil to reflect the radiant energy.
Bubble foil insulation can be put onto pipes, hot water heaters, stud walls, roofing, and basements. Foil insulation is best in instances where radiation heat is the main source for heat. Foil insulation is easy to install, fire retardant, saves energy and money, requires little maintenance, is non-toxic, is tear and puncture resistant and much more.
Contact us to learn more about radiant heat insulation and why bubble foil insulation is a smart solution for your commercial building or home.
Post by Brian Whitehurst