Attic Insulation

Q: Can I install radiant barrier if I have spray foam up on the rafters of my attic? How does AtticFoil work with spray foam? We get this question a lot – someone is usually in the process of new construction and they want to incorporate both the AtticFoil radiant barrier AND some spray foam […]

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R-value is a term used by the building and construction industry to define the thermal resistance a material has.  The higher the R-value, the more resistance the product offers against heat transfer.  Traditional insulation can vary vastly in the R-values it offers.  The US Department of Energy has recommended R-values for certain areas in the […]

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Sometimes you just have to throw in the towel.  In the home comfort business this occasionally happens.  If you have a hot, uncomfortable room there is only so much you can do.  As I discussed in Part 1, you can try to keep the heat out by adding radiant barrier, insulation, attic ventilation or sealing […]

Continue reading about Hot Rooms In My House – When All Else Fails – Part 2

One of the most frustrating problems is having comfort issues with a particular room in your home.  These are rooms that you can NEVER get quite cool enough no matter how hard you try.  The usual suspects are: Rooms over garages, bonus rooms, media rooms, master bedrooms that “stick out” from the house, and home […]

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Ed Fritz on February 22nd, 2010

Everyday people ask me what is the single biggest thing they can do to improve efficiency and comfort in their home. I usually ask a few basic questions like where they live, type of home etc.  Then I ask the two most important questions.  How old is the home and where are the ducts located? […]

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Ed Fritz on February 8th, 2010

Every day you probably hear ads about how much you can save by making energy improvements to your home.  Whether it’s a new air conditioning unit, double-pane low e windows, insulation, weatherization, radiant barrier, new LED or CFL light bulbs, the list goes on and on. Yes, we all know that these improvements will save […]

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WOW, it’s been cold lately.  Not surprisingly, I’ve received a bunch of calls and emails from people wanting more information on how installing a radiant barrier can help them in cold weather. I put together a video to help illustrate how traditional attic insulation and radiant barrier WORK TOGETHER to make a home more comfortable […]

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One common question or concern about installing a radiant barrier is whether it will cause the shingles to heat up and get damaged or shorten their life expectancy. The short answer is NO damage will occur. Tests have shown that installing a radiant barrier in attics generally only cause the roof and shingles to increase […]

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Ed Fritz on December 14th, 2009

The weather outside may be frightful, but in your attic it’s quite delightful. Well, it is compared to being in your attic in July. NOW is the time to think ahead and work on a few simple projects that can have a HUGE difference before you get your summer electric bills. I’m about to reveal […]

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