Stop Radiant Heat Loss With Radiant Barrier
Radiant heat accounts for the majority of unwanted heat gain and/or loss in your home. Radiant heat cannot be stopped by typical mass insulation such as fiberglass or cellulose insulation; mass insulation only slows the transfer of heat, and as a result it actually abosorbs or "traps" heat. This is why your attic remains hot even after the sun has gone down.
How It Works
Radiant barrier is the only product on the market that actually blocks radiant heat transfer. Sometimes called reflective foil insulation, EcoFoil is manufactured using 99% pure aluminum that is chemically bonded to a tear-proof scrim poly substrate, making it easy to work with and virtually indestructible.
Radiant barrier foil insulation has two properties that give it supreme performance against the transfer of radiant heat.
- Both sides of radiant barrier consist of metalized aluminum which reflects or blocks nearly 97% of radiant heat from transferring through the barrier.
- The emissivity of a material refers to how much heat is absorbed and radiated from its surface.
- The natural elements of metalized aluminum foil insulation result in a very low emmitance of heat energy.
Where It Can Be Used
Solid (non-perforated) radiant barrier can be used anywhere a typical vapor barrier would be used such as exterior basement walls.
NOTE: This product is not typically recommended for use in attics as condensation can occur. Learn why perforated radiant barrier is the correct choice for use in attic installations.
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