Insulating Agricultural Buildings with Reflective Foil Benefits Livestock Health and Productivity
This entry was posted on May 4, 2014.
Neglecting to insulate livestock barns, pole barns, chicken houses or hog runs compromises the health and fertility of your livestock as well as the stability of agricultural buildings. Especially important to effectively insulating barns is making sure to use the right kind of insulation designed to reflect radiant heat, prevent condensation and moisture from promoting mold growth and maintain a temperature range optimal for the life your animals and the life of your barn, coop or run.
What is the Black Globe Effect?
Agricultural industry experts have recently discovered a natural phenomenon that detrimentally affects livestock if they are allowed to absorb excessive amounts of solar heat. Deemed the "Black Globe Effect", this phenomenon inflicts a definite stress factor correlating to the cost inefficiency or efficiency of weight gain in cows, chickens and other meat-producing livestock. In fact, results of studies examining livestock living in barns insulated with reflective foil bubble and radiant barrier insulation found that these animals exhibited maximum body weight, increased milk production and better mortality rates in comparison to livestock living in uninsulated environments.
Whether livestock are in barns or grazing, they tend to absorb greater levels of radiant energy emitted by the sun when the temperature exceeds 78 degrees Fahrenheit. Affordable reflective foil bubble insulation has been found to be the best method to use for insulating barns and preventing radiant energy from inhibiting livestock productivity.
Reduce Energy Costs By Insulating Agricultural Buildings
Radiant barrier insulation reflects indoor heat back into a building's space to create a comfortable living area for livestock and provide energy savings during extreme weather. In addition, reflective foil insulation meant for agricultural use contains non-toxic additives that inhibits flammability by resisting and stopping the progression of heat extremes.
Advantages to Insulating Pole Barns
Pole barns are growing in popularity because they are affordable and easy to build. However, their metallic constitution makes it necessary to insulate pole barns with reflective foil insulation so that enormous amounts of heat absorbed and emitted by the metal does not get trapped inside the barn. Instead of packing the walls and roofs of pole barns with bulky, impractical insulation that needs replaced frequently and acts as a magnet for fungus growth and nesting rodents, invest in lightweight, pliable, easily installed reflective foil bubble insulation.