Keep the Heat Where it Belongs with TekFoil™ Reflective Insulation
Winter is looming and most people probably aren’t looking forward to the higher electric bills that come with heating your space. This year, avoid a whole winter’s worth of higher bills by installing TekFoil Reflective Insulation in your home, barn, greenhouse or storage building to keep the heat inside where it belongs.
HOW DOES TEKFOIL INSULATION WORK?
Radiant heat travels from warm surfaces to cool surfaces — take the sun heating the earth, for example. TekFoil Reflective Insulation has 0.97 reflectivity. This means it prevents radiant heat transfer by up to 97%, and allows only 3% of heat to get into or out of your space. Compare this to other types of insulation, such as fiberglass and foam, which allow 80 to 90% of radiant heat to pass through.
WHERE DOES TEKFOIL INSULATION WORK?
The beauty of TekFoil is that is can be used just about anywhere. Here are a few of our favorite applications.
Home: Almost any surface in your home can be insulated with TekFoil. You can use it to seal the attic off from the rest of your house by applying a layer to the attic floor. Crawl spaces can also be insulated with TekFoil. If your house seems to lose heat quickly in the winter, TekFoil with bubble layers can be used on the walls and ceilings. To really help with heating and cooling costs, insulate your HVAC duct work to be sure that the air you are modifying doesn’t escape.
Storage Building: Insulating your storage building or warehouse can be an easy and cost-effective way of reducing heat loss in the winter. TekFoil discourages rodents from nesting and is moisture resistant, so it will last much longer than traditional insulation in storage applications. Use Tekfoil on the walls, floors, ceilings, garage doors or any other surface you feel is letting heat out of your storage building.
Barn: Keeping your livestock protected from the cold is important for their health and wellbeing. Livestock perform better when they’re comfortable, so making sure your barn is properly insulated should be a top priority. It will also save you money in the long run because the building itself will take less damage from cold weather and it will reduce the likelihood of pipes freezing. If you use your barn for equipment storage, insulation is also important. Cold weather can damage vehicles, tractors or other heavy equipment and machinery if they are not properly stored and winterized. Fuel lines can freeze and crack, creating a nightmare for you in the spring time when you’re ready to get things moving again. The most heat loss occurs through the ceiling and walls of your barn. To reduce heat loss, use TekFoil over the joists to create a drop ceiling which will keep the heat low where your livestock, vehicles or equipment are.
Greenhouse: Your greenhouse is a great place to insulate with TekFoil. You can use it on the roof and sides to reduce heat loss during the winter. More energy loss occurs through the floor of your greenhouse than through any other surface during heater season, so reduce heat loss by up to 50% by installing TekFoil on your greenhouse floor. Also, insulating any and all indoor growing areas when using artificial lighting can enhance light levels inside the greenhouse and help keep the light more evenly dispersed.
WHAT TYPES OF TEKFOIL ARE AVAILABLE?
TekFoil Reflective Insulation is made up of three materials. The first material is shiny, coated, metalized polyester. We call this material “Reflective.” The second material, known as “Bubble” is made up of polyester bubbles, kind of like the bubble wrap in packages, but stronger. The last material is called “White Poly” and is made up of exactly that, a layer of white polyethylene. We have mixed and matched these materials to come up with the best combinations for your insulation needs.
Reflective/Bubble/White Poly (R/B/WP): This type of TekFoil is ideal for insulating your hog, poultry and dairy barns. We recommend installing it on the ceilings of poultry houses so warm air can’t escape. R/BB/WP can also be used for these applications, especially if you have no other form of insulation. You can also use this type of TekFoil under concrete with the poly side up.
Reflective/Bubble Bubble/Reflective (R/BB/R): Save up to 50% on your greenhouse heating costs by installing this TekFoil to keep heat and light inside. You can also use R/BB/R in your poultry buildings, such as the ClearSpan™ Chick-Inn. This TekFoil can be installed on any surface because it nontoxic. It will not only prevent heat loss, but works well as a vapor barrier, too. When installing, R/BB/R you can simply staple it in place, without overlapping your pieces.
Reflective/Bubble/Reflective (R/B/R): This form of TekFoil works great around the house. For example, install it around your heating and air conditioning duct work to prevent unwanted heat transfer, lowering electricity costs. You can also install R/B/R on the inside of your garage door to improve insulation and keep moisture out, or in your warehouse, storage buildings or other large, open spaces.
TekFoil comes in a variety of other types, each with different purposes. If you are looking to use TekFoil for another application, contact a knowledgeable National Account Manager today or visit our TekFoil Buyer’s Guide.
TekFoil is a do-it-yourselfer’s dream. Not only is it cost effective, but it can be installed with scissors and a stapler. If you are looking for better insulation anywhere, look into what TekFoil can do for you. Keep your heat inside in the winter and outside in the summer, and watch your energy bills drop when you install TekFoil in your home, barn, storage building or greenhouse.
Have you already used TekFoil for a unique application? What was it and how did it work out?