The Benefits of Bubble Foil Insulation
by Brian Whitehurst (4/12/2013)
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
Contact us to learn more about radiant heat insulation and why bubble
foil insulation is a smart solution for your commercial building or
Source – http://energy.gov/energysaver/articles/radiant-barriers
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