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How to dramatically lower your energy bills this summer (and winter)

Founded in 2006, Plano-based company Energy Attic offers three different energy reduction systems–to make your home or office as energy efficient as possible, saving you money on heating and cooling costs and reducing your carbon footprint.

Their most popular system and one which will save you a lot of money all year round is Radiant Barrier. In the summer it keeps heat out, and in the winter it keeps heat in!

Why You Need Radiant Barrier in Texas:

Any radiant barrier is a heat reducer. You’ve got heat coming through the roof all day long, making your attic heat up all day long. It’s the same idea as putting the fold-out visor in the windshield of your car: You put the visor up when you get out of your car and go into a store. When you come back, your car is still hot, but it’s not as hot as it would have been without that protection. The car cools down a little quicker when the A/C kicks on, and you get down the road a little more comfortable more quickly.

The reason attic temperature is important is that typically here in Texas (or anywhere in North America), your air conditioning equipment and/or your ductwork is in the attic. When your attic is at 150 degrees, you’re counting on a mechanical system to produce cold air to your house in that environment. Radiant barrier at the source, the roofline—not at the floor—can reflect that heat and slow down that heat transfer, and slow down that process where the attic is getting so hot and cooking your system.

 

What is radiant barrier?

Radiant barrier is a product used to reduce heat flow. There are several different types of radiant barriers:

  • The spray-on or paint-on type that comes in a can.
  • The decking type. A lot of new homes are coming with decking. You can also get a decking barrier when you replace your roof. You can also get TechShield, which adds a laminated foil piece to the decking.
  • Then there’s the foil itself. This is what Energy Attic installs because it works the best.

How We Install It:

A foil or copper film, or sheet, is pulled up to the rafter underneath the roof. The reason this is more effective than the other two types of barriers is that it has some space to breathe.

Energy Attic’s radiant barrier is stapled up with air compressors and staple guns, with the right air pressure and the right length of staple. It’s stapled up below the rafter so you have some separation between the material and the roof deck. When you have that separation there’s no risk of increasing roof temperature or voiding shingle warranty, or mold or mildew, or any of the many other things that can happen when you put something right up against the roof.

Results To Expect:

Typically we see 20-40 degrees of temperature reduction with our barriers. If it’s 100 degrees outside, and you’ve got a foil radiant barrier with that separation, you can get 30-40 degrees of relief in your attic.

Find out more at energyattic.com or give them a call at 972.548.0088.

Rebecca Silvestri
Executive Editor
Rebecca Silvestri is the wife of Philip Silvestri, Publisher of Plano Profile.
A qualified math teacher, Rebecca met Philip in the Dominican Republic where she was teaching, and in addition to falling in love, she started to write for Philip's Dominican publications. Over the years, Rebecca grew into her current role of Editor In Chief of 5 magazines produced and distributed in the Dominican Republic.

Now living in Plano, Rebecca continues her work in the Dominican Republic, and is also a contributor of Plano Profile Magazine.

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