Learn About Foil Insulation
EcoFoil radiant barrier insulation is an ecofriendly product that helps you save energy and reduce your carbon footprint by reflecting heat back to its source. This simple property works to keep your home or building cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter, which increases the energy efficiency of your heating and cooling systems. Radiant barrier can be used in combination with traditional mass insulation or building methods like radiant heating systems to maximize overall energy savings for living spaces, or it may be used alone in commercial and agricultural applications. With a lower up-front cost than many other energy saving solutions, we encourage you to read more about the uses for EcoFoil radiant barrier in your home, metal building, or post frame building.
There are some common questions that our product experts hear from customers new to the science of radiant barrier. The answers we have here might help you too:
If you want to dig a little deeper into the science of thermal heat transfer and how reflective foil insulation capitalizes on the natural properties of Aluminum and air space, you'll want to read these:
R-value is a term that we're all familiar with when insulating walls, doors and even windows and we know it's important to home buyers and energy companies. But R-Value isn't the true measure of effectiveness with radiant heat. Learn about reflective insulation's strengths and how it relates to R-value.
How does EcoFoil radiant barrier perform when it's exposed to flame? It has been thoroughly tested and deemed fire resistant. Here are the specifications on the testing procedues it has passed.
If you're considering taking on a radiant barrier installation in your existing home or working with a contractor to include a reflective foil product in your new construction plans these installation manuals will clarify best practices for product choices and placement of the materials and required air space around them.
Once you've decided you want to implement a reflective insulation solution in your home you'll need to calculate the quantity you'll need for your application. Attic installation can be challenging - you'll need to know the square footage of your space plus the pitch of your rafters for an accurate calculation.
As an incentive to increase energy efficiency the federal government has offered periodic tax credits that could be applied to the installation of radiant barrier products. 2012 does not have an active credit, but if you completed an installation in 2009 - 2011 you may have been eligible.
If you have specific questions that we didn't cover in the documentation above, or you would prefer to speak to a product expert to learn more about EcoFoil reflective insulation products, please give us a call at 888-349-3645.