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Questions People often ask

 
 
          What is the Radiant Barrier made of W Stapleton
   The barrier is made from woven fibers that incorporate a reflective foil coating
 
 
 
           Can I use the barrier in my walls G Harrigan
   Yes it can be used between the studs as long as there is an air gap between it and the gyproc walls
 
 
 
            Is cellulose the same as fiberglass unsigned
   No cellulose is made from recycled fibers and soaked in a fire retardant whereas fiberglass is made from glass.
 
 
 
          What is radiant heat? G Wilson

     An example of radiant heat is the heat you feel on your skin when you walk out from under a shelter into the direct sunlight. These rays are invisible, yet they are powerful. Now consider what happens in an attic.

The roof absorbs the sun's energy continuously throughout the day reaching temperatures of 150 degrees or more. Since energy cannot be created or destroyed, it can only be transferred or redirected. The roof casts this energy into the building in the form of invisible rays or energy.

This energy manifests itself as heat when it strikes objects inside the building, including people. This, in turn, heats the surrounding air. The result is hot, stifling conditions inside the building. The reverse is true for heat radiating upwards into our attic spaces during the winter time. 

Unlike mass insulation that merely slows down or resists the transfer of heat our Enersave Barrier will effectively redirect the radiant energy either away from the building in the hot summer or it will redirect it back into the building during the winter.
 
 
 
 
 
 
          What is R-Value unsigned

R-Value indicates resistance to heat loss, and measures a mass insulation's ability to slow down heat flow through it. R-Values tell how well a product absorbs and holds heat energy, not how well it redirects it.

The Enersave Reflective Barrier works by reflecting heat energy back in the direction of its source, and the true performance is not measured by the R-Value but rather by its ability to redirect heat energy.
 
 
 
 
          How well does the Enersave Reflective Barrier work compared to traditional insulation? J Sauve

The Enersave Reflective Barrier will stop 97% of Radiant Energy (heat that is radiating through the air in its direction) and reduce convective heat by acting as a blockage against convective air flow.

Radiant heat is often overlooked and misunderstood, often because R-Values do not take it into account. Radiant heat transfer is responsible for up to 75% of total building heat gain or loss.

Traditional insulation products such as fiberglass, cellulose and EPS foam board are effective in reducing CONVECTION and CONDUCTIVE heat transfer, but do little to prevent RADIANT heat transfer.

Radiant heat energy can either be absorbed or reflected. The Enersave Barrier contains the highest reflective qualities available, which allows it to effectively redirect this energy component.
 
 
 
 
 
       Will the material degrade or break down? M Cartwright

Enersave Reflective Barrier is made from polyethylene and aluminum. Both of these materials are very environmentally stable, which means they do not biodegrade.
 
 
 
 
       Will the Enersave Barrier work with my other insulation? R Buck

With a properly installed radiant barrier, you can significantly reduce the amount of heat that common insulation materials merely slow down thereby maximizing the efficiency of your existing insulation materials making your living space more comfortable while reducing your overall energy utility costs.
 

 
        Will moisture collect under the barrier and frost in the winter? L Hunter
 
 
 Not if the barrier is properly installed with adequate ventilation and at least a minimum amount of regular insulation. Many people believe the barrier will work fine on its own without insulation under it and that leads to problems. If there is already moisture building up in your attic there is likely already a ventilation issue. The barrier will not fix it but the ventilation required to make the barrier work properly would. When we install a barrier ventilation is taken seriously into account and if more is needed we will add the vents.
 

 
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