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Q. Why is controlling radiant heat gain and loss so important?

Radiant heat is energy. It has no temperature as it travels through your living spaces; however, when this energy strikes an object, it is absorbed and increases the temperature of that object. The object then emits this energy out on the ther side causing heat loss or heat gain through the building envelope. A whopping 75% of the heat transfer in your building envelope is in radiant heat energy. Reducing heat gain and heat loss due to radiant heat can dramatically increase your comfort and reduce your energy costs.

Q. How effective Insulaar e?

The reflective properties of pure aluminum indicate that with the exception of gold and silver Aluminum is the 3rd most reflective material on earth. Aluminum naturally reflects 97% of radiant heat or radiant energy. If your goal is to stop the transfer of radiant heat, reflective bubble foil insulation is the only insulation material to achieve this.

Q. Why are the three modes of heat transfer important?

Heat transfer inside and throughout a building envelope occurs by conduction, convection, and radiation (radiant heat transfer). This is important for two reasons. Firstly, each type of heat transfer occurs in different proportions. Radiation or reflective heat transfer accounts for up to 75% of all heat loss through a building envelope. Secondly, different types of insulation protect against different modes of heat transfer. To stop radiant heat, use a high quality reflective insulation product. Fiberglass and cellulose insulation do a good job in reducing conductive and convective heat transfer. They however, do a poor job in preventing radiant heat transfer. Radiant heat is either absorbed or reflected and cannot be reflected without using reflective foil insulation.

Q. What are the two terms commonly encountered when judging reflective insulation?

As R-values are used to measure the effectiveness of mass insulation, Reflective and Emissive ratings are used to measure the effectiveness of reflective insulation with radiant heat. A high Reflective value helps block more radiant heat and a low emissive value means the insulating material releases less of the heat that it absorbs. Better performing reflective insulation like Insulaar e are made from 99% pure aluminum for very high reflective and very low emissive.

Q. How does reflective foil insulation and radiant barriers keep heat in in the winter and help keep heat out in the summer?

The working is similar to a Thermos Bottle. Radiant barriers and reflective foil insulation in conjunction with other insulation types creates the same effect. Conductive and Convective heat transfer is slowed by the airspace and tight seal. Radiant heat is slowed by the reflective surfaces. Whether the Thermos Bottle starts off hot or cold does not matter because the all forms of heat transfer have been contained.

Q. Does Insulaar E keep Rodents and beatles out?

Rodents and other pests can't find a good home in Insulaar e as they do in mass insulations like fiberglass, cellulose, or foam boards. This helps to keep varmints out of confined structures, reducing feed loss and disease. Whether you raise poultry, pigs, or fish, Insulaar e will help you raise them healthier and faster.

Q. Is Insulaar e difficult to install?

Not at all. There are no special clothing or mask requirements because Insulaar e is dourles and non-toxic. All you need are cutters, measuring tape, and fixing material.

Q. What is reflective bubble foil and reflective radiant barrier insulation?

Reflective foil and reflective radiant barrier insulation is a permanent solution to lowering energy costs. Reflective foil insulation creates a radiant barrier system that reflects radiant heat instead of absorbing it into the building structure. This type of insulation is not affected by moisture or humidity and performs at the same level no matter what the outside weather conditions.

Q. How effect is Insulaar e as compared to fibrerglass insulation?

Fiberglass insulation, which is very effective for its uses, depends on R-Value or resistance alone to insulate against summer heat gain and winter heat loss. Fiberglass insulation is affected by changes in humidity or moisture levels. A marginal change in the moisture content on fiberglass insulation can result in up to 36% decrease in performance. Unlike fiberglass insulation, Insulaar e reflective foil radiant barrier products are not affected by humidity and moisture changes and will continue to provide energy savings and insulation value no matter what the moisture level is.

Q. Why must reflective insulation be installed adjacent to an air space?

An air space allows heat to be converted into radiant energy. Installing reflective insulation adjacent to an air space allows this radiant energy to be reflected away from the building envelope. This is one of the primary reason for the bubbles in reflective foil insulation, especially in underslab an radiant heat applications. Always try and achieve the maximum airspace possible within your applications constraints.

Q. How does condensation effect reflective insulation?

Reflective foil insulation is among the few insulations that is not affected by humidity. Its insulating value remains unchanged whether in a dry or very humid climate.

Q. Can reflective insulation be used with other conventional insulation?

Yes, reflective foil insulation used in conjunction with other conventional insulation creates a highly energy efficient insulation combination. In theory and in practice this is where all types of heat transfer are dealt with. Together, both types of insulation can substantially help reduce energy costs.