Bubble Radiant Barrier for saving money?

Bubble Radiant Barrier for saving money?

PostBy: Joeski On: Thu Jan 10, 2013 6:59 pm

Hi all,

I want to save as much money as possible this year since my SS tax had that increase already and prices keep going up on certain things that you need or want.

So my question is how good is Bubble Radiant Barrier for in the attic ceiling and floor. It's unfinished. How about on my cinder block basement walls? Is there anything I can use on my windows to block the heat coming in in the summer?

Any other ideas are welcomed.

Thank You
Joeski
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Reading
Stove/Furnace Model: Susquehanna

Re: Bubble Radiant Barrier for saving money?

PostBy: Rigar On: Thu Jan 10, 2013 10:52 pm

Joe
the Radiat bubble wrap (foil) is very effective when installed correctly... and definitely has its purpose... however its advantages are limited to specific applications.
proper installation is critical to its performance... and a lot of times specified "R" values require more than 1 layer... usually with an air space in between them.
with that in mind... maybe in your situation ( unfinished attic space and ceilings) you may want to consider faced or unfaced fiberglass insulation...(even high performance batts)
you certainly need to consider the square foot price for each... and factor in your anticipated "R" value.... remembering that with the foil bubble wrap.. you may indeed need more than 1 layer.
in general..the AVERAGE home loses 50 percent of its heat energy via air infiltration.
with that said... another 30 percent is lost through windows and doors.
there are 4 ways a window loses energy from your home... all combined determine the "U" factor of a window...(just a fancy energy rating)
the most effective way to keep heat out in the summer ( and keep it in during the winter) are with low "E" coatings... which are transparent metallic oxides that reflect infrared light... which we feel as heat
... so in general... the first and most important task to save energy is to eliminate outside air infiltration... wherever you can..Aside from upgrading your windows 2 newer energy efficient ones..
Rigar
 
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Re: Bubble Radiant Barrier for saving money?

PostBy: Rigar On: Thu Jan 10, 2013 11:06 pm

..continued.
there are films that can be applied and they may help.
as far as block Walled basements are concerned... anything can help... And the foil bubble wrap may serve well here.
any thermal barrier ( best case is a thermal break) will slow down heat loss by reducing the walls ability to absorb energy.
.... hope all of this helps ( or at least some of it!)...lol
... good luck
Rigar
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Furnace: Keystoker A 150
Coal Size/Type: anthracite rice
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Re: Bubble Radiant Barrier for saving money?

PostBy: Lightning On: Fri Jan 11, 2013 7:57 am

Rigar, its nice having someone on here thats fluent with duct work, air flow and insulation :) I'd like to pick your brain about an ice dam issue I'm having. I'll start a thread for it here in a couple days. Thanks man!
Lightning
 
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Re: Bubble Radiant Barrier for saving money?

PostBy: plumb-r On: Fri Jan 11, 2013 8:28 am

Make sure that when using it that you don't create a vapor barrier and trap moisture causing mold problems. A house has to breath. :D
plumb-r
 
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Re: Bubble Radiant Barrier for saving money?

PostBy: Rigar On: Fri Jan 11, 2013 8:56 am

Plumber raises a good point...
especially in the attic... venting is critical
besides the obvious interior problems ( as he suggested mold) the lack of proper ventilation can lead to structural damage and ice problems on the roof
... if money is no object... a closed cell insulation spray foam on the block wall would be the ultimate way to go...

Lightning...
I would be happy to answer any questions for you...( and all members obviously)... so yes definitely start that thread!!
... I'm not the type of person to bullshit anyone... so if I really don't know the answer... I'm not afraid to say so.... and thank you for the kind words... I enjoy helping people!
Rigar
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Furnace: Keystoker A 150
Coal Size/Type: anthracite rice
Stove/Furnace Make: Keystoker
Stove/Furnace Model: A 150 warm air furnace

Re: Bubble Radiant Barrier for saving money?

PostBy: Richard S. On: Fri Jan 11, 2013 8:59 am

Just a quick tip with bubble wrap. Pre cut it to fit the window surface and you can spray a little water on the window to apply.
Richard S.
 
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Re: Bubble Radiant Barrier for saving money?

PostBy: Joeski On: Fri Jan 11, 2013 1:19 pm

Thank You very much everyone! Let my pea brain digest this information before I think of my next question. :D
Joeski
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Reading
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