Simple DIY tips for extreme home energy savings

Homeowners expect to get a bill from their utility company each month, but opening one for a particularly expensive month can be a real shocker. If your bills seem consistently higher than what they should be, it’s time to look for hidden energy drains and consider some changes that can make a huge difference. Consider these home improvement solutions to take a huge bite out of your energy bill: Assess the roof The sun’s rays beat down on your roof, increasing the temperature in your entire house. Your air conditioner has to work hard to counteract these intense temperatures and that means... read more

Why you should not install a radiant barrier on an attic floor

Dust buildup reduces reflectivityThe attic floor application of radiant barrier is most susceptible to accumulation of dust, while downward facing reflective surfaces used with many roof applications are not likely to become dusty. In time, a dusty attic floor application will lose much of its effectiveness: predictive testing suggests by nearly half within ten years. Potential for moisture condensationCondensation can be a concern when a radiant barrier is installed on the attic floor directly on top of batt, rolled or blown insulation. During cold weather, water vapor from the interior of a... read more

Five ways to increase comfort in your home and reduce energy cost

Seal Air Leaks Many air leaks and drafts are easy to find because they are easy to feel — like those around windows and doors. But holes hidden in attics, basements, and crawlspaces are usually bigger problems. Sealing these leaks with caulk, spray foam, or weather stripping will have a big impact on improving your comfort level and reducing utility bills. Common locations for air leaks: Wiring and plumbing entrances Recessed lighting Basement rim joists Windows and doors Electrical and gas service entrances Outdoor water faucets Where dryer vents pass through walls Turn on Ceiling Fans By... read more

Dallas Architect Identifies Key Factors that Constitute a Green, Sustainable Home – Promotes Radiant Barrier

Recently a highly acclaimed architectural firm in Texas published an article that helps identify ways for new and existing homeowners to make their dwelling "green friendly". Gary Gene Olp, Founder and President of GGO Architects outlines steps to becoming energy efficient. Olp and his firm promotes green and energy savings by installing a radiant barrier in the attic. Read on!Dallas - Sustainability and energy efficiency have become significant selling factors during the home-buying and home-building process. In honor of Earth Day, Gary Gene Olp, Founder and President of GGO Architects,... read more

Best radiant barrier insulation cuts energy use, reduces utility bills

By installing the best radiant barrier foil insulation, such as Enerflex, you can reflect up to 96% of the radiant heat energy from the sun back through your roof. As a result, your attic space is up to 30° cooler, which leads to a more comfortable and consistent temperature throughout your home as well as energy savings.Radiant Barrier / Reflective Insulation Reduces the Workload on Your AC UnitThis increased performance of your insulation and duct work, and decreased workload on your air conditioner and other appliances means Enerflex reflective insulation will pay for itself in utility bill... read more

Does radiant barrier paint work as well as reflective insulation?

Simply put, no. In order for a product (paint, foil or metallic film) to be classified as a radiant barrier, defined by ASTM, the product must produce at least 90% reflectivity. The Reflective Insulation Manufacturers Association (RIMA) says the reflectivity of "radiant barrier paints" range from 10% to 75%, which will provide drastically different results compared to the best radiant barrier insulation. In fact, the application of a ceramic radiant barrier paint to the underside of roof is not an easy do-it-yourself project as the fumes are noxious (VOC respirator needed). If a paint does not... read more

Save energy, reduce utility bills with an easy to install radiant barrier product

Saving money around the house continues to be a major pursuit for homeowners nationwide. And with a focus on “going green”, savvy homeowners are looking for ways to cut energy use to reduce utility bills and their home’s carbon footprint.There are dozens of ways to curb energy use around the home. Sealing drafts by applying caulk and weather-stripping around windows and doors, and applying foam sealer around drafty outlets and piping leading outside can save up to 5 percent on heating costs alone. Most important, installing the proper amount of attic insulation with the proper airflow... read more

How does a radiant barrier work?

When the sun heats a roof, it's primarily the sun's radiant energy that makes the roof hot. A large portion of this heat travels by conduction through the roofing materials to the attic side of the roof. The hot roof material then radiates its gained heat energy onto the cooler attic surfaces, including the air ducts and the attic floor. Radiant barrier / radiant foil barrier insulation reduces the radiant heat transfer from the underside of the roof to the other surfaces in the attic.A radiant barrier's performance is determined by three factors:Emissivity (or emittance) – the ratio of the... read more

Enerflex Radiant Barrier featured under 101 Best New Products

Professional Remodeler Magazine, a leading business to business remodeling trade publication, has selected Enerflex Radiant Barrier, by Universal Forest products, as one of the best new products for 2010. The 101 Best New Products is an editor's choice award; Enerflex radiant barrier was listed first under the Structural, Insulation and House-wrap category. The 101 Best New Products article is featured in the November 2010 issue of Professional Remodeler magazine.About Enerflex Radiant Barrier InsulationENERGY STAR approved Enerflex radiant foil barrier insulation is a highly reflective,... read more

Do Radiant Barriers Really Work?

Simply put… YES, radiant barriers work. Now don’t worry, I’m not just going to stop there, you will get a detailed explanation.The reason a radiant barrier works at reducing energy costs is because they lessen the strain on a structure's heating and cooling system. Regardless of whether or not you are heating a structure, or cooling it, radiant foil barrier will stop the transmission of radiant heat (95-97% of it anyway).Radiant heat is the most efficient form of heat transfer there is. It’s more efficient than convection and conduction put together. The best radiant barrier foil, stops at... read more

Go Green – Energy Efficiency in Your Home

Eco-friendly building materials, like Energy Star certified radiant barrier foil and insulation among others, are proven to make a dramatic impact on lowering utility bills by reducing attic heat in the summer and retaining heat in the winter. Adding the proper amount of attic insulation along with installing the best radiant barrier to your home or facility will make a major difference in any climate. These days, radiant barrier insulation is a hot topic due to its ability to help homeowners save on overwhelming energy costs, especially in the hot southern climates. read more

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