Versatility of Reflective Insulation
This entry was posted on June 17, 2014.
Reflective insulation permanently forms a dependable and effective barrier between the object it is sealing therby repelling damaging elements such as moisture, vapors, excessive heat and air currents. In addition, reflective insulation is the most affordable and best material to prevent infiltration by rodents, fungus, insects and harmful ultraviolet radiation that is often detrimental to animals, food and manufactured products.
Outstanding Environmental, Health and Safety Benefits
No special protective equipment or clothing is needed when handling reflective insulation. Non-toxic, clean and fire-retardant, it's versatility amazes long-time users who consistently discover additional applicatons for this functional, all-purpose insulation.
Reflective insulation offers many benefits:
- Dramatic reductions in energy costs
- Lower investment costs required for purchasing heating, cooling and air circulation equipment
- Reinforced to provide maximum durability and dependability
- Tear and puncture resistant
- Reflects over 97 percent heat or UV radiation
- Lightweight and easy to handle. Conforms to any shape, size or areal configuration
- Designated with a Class A/Class 1 fire rating
- Meets nearly all local, federal and state building codes
The Science of Radiant Barrier Insulation
Instead of absorbing heat energy, reflective insulation reflects it. Unlike traditional insulation made from cellulose, rock wool, Styrofoam and fiberglass that simply absorbs or slow down conductive and convective heat transfer, reflective insulation performs a process of radiant heat transfer.
Radiant heat transfer occurs when electromagnetic waves reach the infrared region of the electromagnetic scale.. Fireplace heat transferring to the other side of a room is an example of radiant heat transfer because no medium (such as metal, glass or other solid objects) is needed to initiate the transfer. In fact, any kind of material with a temperature exceeding absolute zero will emit some amount of radiant energy.
Industrial Uses for Reflective Insulation
The ability of reflective insulation to perform correctly in extreme temperatures makes it perfect for use in a variety of industrial settings involving:
- HVAC Ducts
Reflective "bubble" insulation offers superior insulation values for hydraulic fracturing tanks, pumps, storage tanks containing volatile, temperature-sensitive chemicals (gas, oil, toxic waste) and boilers operating in enclosed areas. By preventing radiant heat transfer through industrial equipment with reflective insulation, energy costs are significantly reduced and the comfort level for individuals working around industrial equipment is optimized and sustained.
When used in HVAC settings, reflective insulation excels in controlling heat transfer, eliminating infrared and UV rays and preventing damage to sensitive equipment in storage. Reflective insulation is also an effective sealant for minor compromises in HVAC equipment and is much safer for workers to apply than fibrous, irritating fiberglass that can be inhaled into the lungs.
Agricultural Uses for Reflective Insulation
- Post Frame Construction/Pole Barns
- Chicken Coops/Incubators
- Metal Buildings
- Livestock Trailers
A vital aspect of sustainability involves constructing a building envelope to maximize environmental control of variously sized spaces with barriers, interior finishes and insulation. Maintaining a healthy environment for livestock, livestock feed and agricultural equipment means the difference between enjoying a thriving and profitable operation or paying for losses incurred by excessively hot structures conducive to the development of mold, fungal, rodent and insect infestations.
Applications associated with agricultural use include pipe insulation, water heater covers, equipment sheds, cold storage units and all new/existing structures.
Shipping Uses for Reflective Insulation
- Protects cargo that is sensitive to slight temperature changes: (ice cream, fruit, candy, cigarettes, vegetables, dairy, meat, pharmaceuticals, coffee) from heat and moisture damage.
- Insulating reefers and railroad cars carrying cargo vulnerable to extreme temperatures and humidity levels greatly reduces unnecessary overhead costs resulting from spoiled or damaged cargo.
- Using reflective insulation as box liners eliminates the possibility of condensation forming and creating an environment promoting mold, mildew and fungus growth.
- Items packed in thermal bags insulated with reflective insulation remain fresh, useable and ready for use upon delivery.
During a shipping transfer, the potential for damage due to accidents or rough handling always exists. Unlike traditional insulation that degrades in performance if smashed, pinched, exposed to moisture or otherwise disturbed, reflective insulation maintains its ability to protect items from fluctuating temperatures of excessive moisture regardless of compaction.
Food Service Uses for Reflective Insulation
Probably no industry needs the advantages afforded by reflective insulation than the food industry. Billions of dollars are lost every year by food service businesses because of rotting food and compensation to consumers who file lawsuits because they became seriously ill due to eating spoiled food. .
Reflective insulation can be used for:
- Protecting foods during transportation
- In commercial kitchens for flame retardant purposes
- As insulation to reduce energy costs of running freezers and coolers
- In commercial ovens to prevent fires and sustain optimal equipment condition
- As insulation for delivery bags to help maintain even temperatures of cooked or uncooked food
- As an effective protective wrapping for all kinds of packaged foods
Automotive / RV Uses for Reflective Insulation
Radiant barrier insulation not only maximizes energy efficiency and thermal performance of RVs but also helps regulate internal temperatures to improve passenger comfort. Unlike thick, bulky, traditional insulation, reflective insulation is thin, flexible and ideal for implementing into the thin walls of RV roofs.
When restoring vehicles, one major concern is finding sound muffling insulation that doesn't damage the vehicle's fragile body in the long term. Using jute-backed, cotton or foam insulation may result in deterioration of vehicle areas due to moisture build-up. In addition, because reflective insulation stops nearly 98 percent of radiant heat transfer, it is the perfect insulation for lining engine covers in RVs and for reinforcing firewalls.
Reflective insulation is also a superior sound deadener that muffles loud road noise and vibrating engines. NASCAR and the International Race of Champions (IROC) use reflective insulation in race cars not only to inhibit noise but as a dependable flame retardant material.
Easily cut using a pair of scissors, reflective insulation keeps UV rays from damaging the interior of vehicles, RVs, campers and even private airplanes. Just attach a piece of this versatile material to the interior side of a window and attach using removable adhesive strips.
Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) Uses for Reflective Insulation
- Modular Buildings
- Canvas Buildings, Yurts
- Heat Shields
- Spas / Saunas
- Coolers / Food Service Bags
Reflective insulation offers numerous solutions to problems involving heat control entities that are difficult to regulate. Many OEMs must meet or exceed local, state or federal requirements regarding heat and temperature control of inhabited environments within enclosed spaces. Reflective insulation helps conform to these requirements that, unless met, could result in a OEM operation suffering a mandated shutdown and huge losses in revenue.
Many survival gear items integrate reflective insulation into their construction. Blankets, tarps, tents and backpacks designed for wilderness survival or for survival after a catastrophe contain reflective insulation. Stockpiling vacuum-packed or freeze-dried foods wrapped in reflective insulation can keep them fresh and safe for years. Preparing MREs (Meals Ready to Eat) using reflective insulation is a convenient and economical method of preparing enough food to stockpile in the event of a disaster situation.
Additional Applications of Reflective Insulation
- Crawl spaces
- Basement walls
- Garage doors
- Animal kennels
- Driveway snow melts
- Concrete slabs
- Air conditioner covers
- Wine rooms
- Work shops
- Window sill sealer