Radiant Barrier Insulation Blog - InsulationStop.com

  • Energy Saving Tips: Duct Sealing and Insulation

    There are many different ways a home can be upgraded to increase efficiency and decrease your utility bills. Although we talk mainly about our foil insulation and the many applications where it can be installed, it is refreshing to talk about other areas in a home where problems can be fixed or improvements can be made.

    Sealing air ducts is a project you may not have given much thought to, but it can be a serious problem and cost you a lot of money. At the very least, you should have full confidence that your heating and cooling system is performing correctly and efficiently.

    Forced air heating and cooling systems are prevalent in homes built after the 1950's. Over 95% of new homes built today utilize forced air systems. The main delivery of this forced hot or cold air comes via ducts that are used to distribute the conditioned air throughout your home. Energy Star® estimates 20% of air that moves through duct systems is lost due to leaks or poorly sealed connections. This results in an increased load on your furnace or air conditioning unit and higher utility bills.

    Some areas of your ductwork cannot be accessed but most of it can. You can inspect and repair exposed ducts in attics, basements, crawlspaces, and garages by sealing leaks with duct mastic or duct sealant. Any areas of the duct run that get hot in the summer and cold in the winter can be insulated as well. Insulating these areas is another energy saving project that is inexpensive and will help your home operate at its optimal level.

    We have included a link to Energy Star® Air Seal and Insulate Brochure for your review. We hope you enjoyed this post and look forward to bringing you more energy saving tips.

  • Air Sealing and Insulating Your Home

    As a homeowner, it is important you understand the basic points about sealing and insulating the shell or building envelope of your home. This weatherization strategy is always important and in some homes, can be as important as insulation itself.

    Tests have shown over and over that insulation works best and the performance is most optimal when there has been none to start with. Adding more material to an already insulated space produces less dramatic results. In outer walls, ceiling, windows, doors, and floors air sealing is often the most cost effective way to improve every efficiency and comfort. Check out this link to see the DIY Air Seal Brochure by Energy Star®. This guide also includes information about adding more attic ventilation.

    Maximizing the return on your weatherization investments means you should have a good understanding of your specific building and what can be done to improve its energy efficiency. Every building is different. This brochure is a good starting point to understanding how air sealing works with insulation and ventilation to complete your home's weatherization package.

  • 19 Other Applications for Bubble Pack and Bubble Foil Insulation

    Can you think of five instances where bubble pack or bubble foil insulation is used? If you do most will probably come from the packaging industry. Bubble mailers and box inserts are two examples.

    But this is only one application. There are eighteen more industries where bubble pack and bubble foil insulation are successfully used. See if you guessed any on the list.  Some of the answers may surprise you.

    2. Automotive 3. Transportation 4. Electrical Boxes 5. Medical and Pharmaceutical 6. Food and Beverage 7. Sporting Goods 8. Marine 9. Spas and Saunas 10. Wineries 11. Recreation Vehicles 12. Appliances 13. Agricultural 14. Aviation 15. Aerospace 16. Packaging 17. Electrical Enclosures 18. Plumbing and HVAC 19. Curtains

    The twentieth industry that bubble foil insulation is proven in is the building materials sector which comprises of both residential and commercial construction. Give us a call today regarding any applications you would like to use our insulation in.

  • Insulating Hot Water Heater Picture Slideshow

    A cool slideshow showing reflective bubble insulation being installed on a hot water heater. Thanks Ken!

  • Craigslist Radiant Barrier

    When searching for reflective insulation on craigslist you can find information for installations or even applications for companies seeking installers. But what if you wanted to purchase insulation? There is not a lot of information out there and we are not confident you should purchase your radiant barrier from craigslist.

    We only sell new items unless otherwise disclosed. Our prices are at an industry low. All of our products have been produced by North American manufacturer's who follow the strictest production guidelines. Unfortunately there are products now on the market that are inferior and produced in countries without sufficient testing procedures. Most often when purchasing building materials it is better to go with the industry standard or trusted source so you can be sure the quality of material you are using.

  • Barn Insulation and Fuel Sources

    One of the most enjoyable things about our job is we offer products to consumers that save them money. Insulation. Everyone needs insulation to some capacity. I bet the people who make and sell great winter coats like the fact they offer a good product at a good price.

    This post is about a conversation we had with a potential customer who is looking to insulate his on slab pole barn and wanted to create a finished insulation system. He already has single bubble reflective one side in the rafters but that is the extent of his barn insulation. He is interested in insulating the side walls and running a second layer of material across the bottom of the trusses effectively creating a ceiling 12' high.

    What is interesting in talking to the customer and about his specific building is that he wants to be able to keep the building at mid 40° F hopefully 50° F when the outside temperature is -10° F during a Montana winter.  If this was a residential house without any other insulation with a residential heating system in Montana, this would be financial suicide. You would be essentially paying your local utility company extra money because you are way under insulated for your climate and preferred heating temperature.

    But, if this is your shop and you have a good heating system installed and access to resources like firewood in this case, reflective insulation is an easy low cost alternative to spending a lot of money on insulation. You only need to pay a lot for insulation when you have to pay a lot to heat or cool your building.

    In this customer's case, insulating the sidewalls will finish his insulation system. Basically, sealing the building is the first, best step to heat retention. Lowering the insulating space by running insulation across the bottom of the trusses and creating a ceiling as the customer suggested will also be helpful. The nice thing is the customer can insulate the sidewalls first and add the second layer overhead at a later date if they feel it is required.

    It is always important to understand your goals and costs when evaluating how you should insulate your buildings. Looking closely at your usage, heating costs, insulation costs, and lifespan you will own the building will give you a good idea of how much you should pay for insulation. Looking at a particular project in detail is always helpful in demonstrating how effective and cost effective using our or any insulation will be.

  • Duct Wrap Insulation on MSN Real Estate Article

    Duct Wrap Insulation Did you know our products were featured on MSN.com's Real Estate Page? We make mention of it on our website but don't link directly to the post. Several years ago we were contacted by a writer doing an energy saving article. Of course we agreed to participate.

    We loved the slideshow and all of the products that were chosen. We have used a cutaway of the article as promotional content in the sidebar of our website as well for some time. We're currently redesigning the look of our website and this cutaway will not be part of the future design.

    As the picture is of me I cannot tell you how happy I am that it is coming down. We are still going to promote the article as you can see but only from time to time. To have a little fun and encourage those of you who read this article, we will take 5% off your next order if you call in and let us know you miss the picture. Hopefully someone will benefit from this post and we can get a laugh. As always, thanks for shopping at the InsulationStop, the leader in radiant barrier and reflective foil insulation products.

  • Advantages to Using Bubble Foil Metal Roof Insulation

    Using reflective insulation as your metal roof insulation has several advantages. Traditional insulation is generally applied directly to the roof deck. Issues regarding condensation occur when the insulation is compressed and vapor tight seams are present. Condensation caused by higher humidity decreases the thermal performance. Corrosion and other related problems exist until the insulation has to be removed.

    Reflective insulation applied with a thermal break to stop the metal to metal conduction inhibits condensation problems by keeping the exposed insulation surfaces above the moisture causing dew point. Other benefits to working with foil insulation are the products thermal performance, it is mildew resistant, easy to install, also safe and environmentally friendly.

    Browse our categories under metal buildings and pole barns for more information. Per square foot price, performance, and ease of installation make foil insulation a good option for insulating any metal building or barn.

  • Grand Opening - Concrete Slab & Radiant Heat Insulation

    InsulationStop opens Concrete Slabs & Radiant Heat Insulation, a store where the concrete contractor or homeowner can get low cost concrete slab insulation that is easy to install.

    The benefits of working with cellular bubble foil insulate under slabs is simple. The product gives you an R-Value of 1.1. Compared to other types of insulation this may seem low. But when you look at the cost, ease of installation, and other attributes, this may be the right insulation for your job.

    Our layered concrete slab insulation easily installs over uneven grade. It provides the needed vapor barrier so you won't require that. And, it's an approved radon barrier. It ships in rolls easily right to your door. Look at our concrete slab insulation for your next project and enjoy shopping at the new Concrete Slab & Radiant Heat Insulation Store.

  • Foil Insulation, Fire, and Fire Rating Video

    In the radiant barrier world, there is a lot of talk about fire ratings. Here's an important video regarding fire rating with bubble foil insulation. Intertek is a worldwide group of testing laboratories for the textile, footwear, toys, petroleum and chemical industries. Covertech is the manufacturer of rFoil. This is worth watching. All of the products we sell on the InsulationStop or any of our stores, pass this fire testing. All of the insulation we sell is approved by the Reflective Insulation Manufacturers Association or RIMA.

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