Attic Insulation

Ed on February 11th, 2011

People often ask us, “If I install a radiant barrier on my roof, won’t it overheat the roof and cause damage to my roof shingles?” Watch the video below to find out what we discovered when we put it to the test. For more information on Radiant Barrier’s effect on roofing shingles you can read this […]

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Older homes can often offer challenges when trying to effectively cool the upper floors during the high heat of summer.  Eben Bryant, owner of Lane Street Inn, a small bed and breakfast in Shelbyville, TN, says he began looking into Radiant Barrier when his wife and their cleaning staff began complaining about the hot rooms […]

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Think of your home as one big refrigerator – would you put it in the shade or in the sun?  Of course you would put it in the shade.  Why?  Heat coming directly from the sun is radiant heat and radiant heat causes things to heat up.  This means the outside surface temperature of your […]

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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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There is some debate in the radiant barrier business whether to use a perforated or a solid radiant barrier product in an attic application. In an attic application, you should ALWAYS use a perforated product. Period. Why? Solid products like bubble foil insulation are called “Vapor Barriers”.  A vapor barrier basically stops moisture from moving […]

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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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