The US Department of Energy, states that heating and cooling account for
50 to 70% of the energy used in the average American home. There are many
variables affecting how much energy you can save by upgrading your home’s
- Local climate conditions
- The size, shape, and construction of your house
- Your family’s living habits
- The type and efficiency of your home’s heating and cooling systems
- The type of fuel you use to heat and cool your home
The more effectively you insulate your home, the more you can save on your
heating and cooling costs and the more comfortable your house will be.
What you don’t know about your home’s insulation may be costing
you money. Most homes use traditional insulation-fiberglass, cellulose
or foam-that was designed to either contain heat for maintaining warmth
in the winter, or to resist heat for maintaining cold in the summer. This
type of insulation has been around since the 1800s. It acts as a sponge
to absorb heat as it enters through your roof or rises up from your furnace.
The thicker the insulation, the better its absorbency.
Today there is a better way to insulate your home by
absorbing heat. Eagle Shield High Performance Reflective Insulation™installed in
your attic keeps the sun’s radiant heat from ever entering your
home. It works with your existing insulation to keep your attic-and therefore
your entire home-cooler in the summer. In the winter, it works the same
way by keeping heat from escaping your home so your furnace doesn’t
have to work as hard and you stay warmer.
What Type of Insulation for my House?
The most common types of insulation for homes are batt, blown-in, and reflective.
Homeowners frequently ask, “Which type of insulation is best?”
Much depends on your home’s construction and local climate, but
for many homeowners is: “All of the above”. Each type has
its own set of benefits and combined offer the most effective insulating benefits.
High Performance Reflective Insulation
Reflective or radiant barrier is the newest and most advanced type of insulation
on the market and is the only type of insulation that blocks the transfer
of radiant heat. Developed by NASA, it is a strong, thin aluminum foil
sheet. It works with existing insulation to boost the insulating power
of your home, keeping you cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter
while reducing your energy bills and extending the life of your heating
and cooling systems. Eagle Shield’s High-Performance Radiant Barrier
Reflective Insulation™is the first and only radiant barrier insulation
recognized by NASA and endorsed and certified by the Space Foundation.
High Performance Reflective Coating
Similar to Reflective Insulation, Eagle Shield High Performance Reflective
Coating is a paint-like semi-liquid that can be sprayed on surfaces that
are uneven or difficult to reach. It reflects radiant heat to make you
more comfortable and reduce your energy costs.
Eagle Shield Batt Insulation is made from mineral fibers, including fiberglass
or rock wool and comes in pre-cut panels. Batt Insulation works by resisting
the flow of heat through convection using the small air spaces between
its fibers to trap the rising air and slow heat loss through walls and
ceilings. At the same time it has low heat conduction. These panels are
available in widths suited to the standard spacing distance between wall
studs and attic or floor joists. They must be hand-cut and trimmed to
fit wherever the joist spacing is non-standard (such as near windows,
doors, or corners), or where there are obstructions in the walls (such
as wires, electrical outlet boxes, or pipes).
Eagle Shield Blown-in Insulation works similarly to batt insulation, slowing
the rate of heat convection. Blown-in, or loose-fill insulation includes
cellulose, fiberglass, or rock wool in the form of loose fibers or fiber
pellets that are blown using pneumatic equipment, usually by professional
installers. This form of insulation can be used in wall cavities, unfinished
attic floors, or any hard-to-reach areas such as crevices, corners and
irregularly shaped areas, and for filling in around obstructions.
To find out what’s best for your home, contact an Eagle Shield Energy
Consultant to order your exclusive home energy audit for only $349!