HEATING AND COOLING EFFICIENCY FOR HOMESCONSUMER/HOME/RECREATION
ORIGINATING TECHNOLOGY/ NASA CONTRIBUTION
Over 40 years ago, NASA developed Radiant Barrier technology to protect astronauts in the Apollo Program from temperatures that ranged from 250 °F above to 400 °F below zero Fahrenheit. This feat in temperature control technology enabled the astronauts to work inside the Apollo Command Module wearing short-sleeve shirts, with temperatures similar to those of a regular business office. The Radiant Barrier has been applied to virtually all spacecraft since then, including unmanned spacecraft with delicate instruments that need protection from temperature extremes. It is also applied to the astronauts’ space suits, protecting them during space walks.
Comfort-foil is the next generation in attic insulation technology. It has a breathable membrane that helps control moisture vapor protecting the inside of the attic/roof space. In addition, it is made up of 99% pure aluminum and helps control both heat gain and heat loss by reflecting 97% of the radiant heat.
Regardless of the insulation in your home today, Comfort-foil will dramatically reduce the amount of heat lost in the winter and gained during the summer, extending the life of heating and cooling systems and saving money on your energy bills and increasing your home's comfort.
Comfort-foil is the only product of its type in the world, Don’t be confused by other reflective insulation products.
Just as significantly, our radiant barrier reflective insulation is the only product on the market recognized by NASA and certified by the Space Foundation.
Comfort-foil is a strong, thin aluminum foil sheet designed to block radiant heat transfer across open spaces. Installed on the rafters in your attic, it works with your existing insulation to boost the insulating power of your home.
The same material NASA developed to protect equipment and astronauts in space is now available to you: Comfort-foil
Many homeowners think that by adding more fiberglass insulation they will solve their comfort problems and reduce their heating and cooling costs.the conventional fiberglass or cellulose insulation in your home is old technology that only helps control conductive heat transfer.
Comfort-foil is affordable, environmentally safe, and fast and easy to install. Our team of professionals can complete a typical house installation in a few short hours. Call Us with any questions today. Click here for an
Stay Cooler in the Summer & Warmer in the Winter
When Comfort-foil is installed in your attic, reflects the heat waves generated by your roof before they have the opportunity to be absorbed by your traditional ceiling insulation, thus keeping your home cooler.
It helps to understand how Comfort-foil will work for you if you think of other things that work in much the same way. Astronaut's space suits keep body heat in, and reflect the sun's heat away. Thermos® bottles keep hot things hot and cold things cold. They are almost perfect insulators. The tight seal and air space prohibits heat transfer by conduction and convection. The reflective surfaces inhibit radiation heat transfer. If the bottle starts out hot, it stays hot because very little heat is transferred to the cooler outside. If it starts out cold, it stays cold because very little heat is transferred from the warmer outside.
Stay Warmer in the Winter
In the winter, the radiated heat waves from within your home are absorbed by your ceiling and conducted up through your insulation into your attic. In this case, the down-facing side of the Comfort-foil reflects the radiant heat waves emitted from your traditional insulation back down toward your living area instead of allowing them to simply escape into your attic. This process eliminates heat loss through your ceiling, thus saving you dollars.
It works just like wrapping a baked potato in aluminum foil keeps a potato warm longer by holding the heat in. Another analogy is that Comfort-foil in the winter acts as a space blanket, which, although very thin and lightweight, holds your body heat in. A thin space blanket can keep you warmer than several heavy blankets.
In addition, Comfort-foil protects your home from moisture build up. It is perforated with tiny holes that allow moisture to pass through so it doesn't create a moisture barrier for your existing insulation.
How is it Installed
Comfort-foil can be laid over your present insulation like a blanket or stapled under your rafters or crawl space. You don't have to remove any of your existing installation first. In fact, Comfort-foil actually makes your present insulation more effective. It is quick, easy and safe to install, usually taking less than half a day from start to finish.
Comfort-foil Installed Under Rafters Comfort-foil Installed Over Existing Insulation
You may want to consider insulating your garage as well as your attic space with radiant barrier insulation. This is not included in normal pricing because it is not part of your home's living area. We can install it in your garage with pricing comparable to an extra bedroom. This is actually a price benefit to the customer because garage installations can take an entire day, requiring the installers to work from ladders stapling the insulation to the ceiling. If you spend any time in your garage, it is a huge benefit to have radiant barrier installed!
For more information on Comfort-foil, call us at 800-680-2109 to talk to an BarrierPlus energy consultant or click here for your energy assessment
There are two methods of installing Comfort-foil , Lay-over and Staple-up:
The Lay-over installation
The Lay-over installation is good for people that do not use their attic for any storage. The Elite Barrier is simply laid on top of the existing insulation and tacked down in specific areas to prevent any type of movement. Think of it like a blanket for your attic. This application works very well in older homes that do not have the HVAC unit or duct work in the attic. Dust accumulation does have a negative impact on radiant barrier effectiveness over time as noted here in a Radiant Barrier Fact Sheet from the Department of Energy.
The Staple-up installation is perfect for those who use their attic for storage and/or have the HVAC unit and duct work in the attic.
It's the next generation in attic insulation technology. It has a breathable membrane that helps control moisture vapor protecting the inside of the attic/roof space. In addition, it is made up of 99% pure aluminum and helps control both heat gain and heat loss by reflecting 97% of the radiant heat.