Location: Tennessee, USA
Problem: Old home with uncomfortable spots. Upstairs is significantly hotter than downstairs in summer.
Solution: AtticFoil® Radiant Barrier to block the heat from entering the home in the summer and make the house more comfortable over all.
Result: The cost of the product subtracted from his savings has him reaping a return within one year. Also, the home's temperature is more consistent and comfortable!
The Do's & Dont's for the radiant barrier staple-up installation method.
The AtticFoil® product I purchased and installed has proven beneficial. When researching radiant barrier, I came across AtticFoil.com and found all I needed to make an informed decision. Other user’s comments and photos encouraged me to perform the installation myself. Over two nights, my nephew and I installed over 4,000 square feet of AtticFoil® in the attic of my 100 year old bed and breakfast.
I researched a number of radiant barrier dealers online and locally. I found a dearth of dealers in my area of Tennessee and only a handful of dealers online. Researching the prices, I found AtticFoil® to be the most competitively priced on a per square foot basis. I also surmised that the AtticFoil® product would be more durable than some of their competitor’s thinner products. I liked that the material is heavy and strong. You cannot tear it with your hands. Pulling it out along my rough attic floor was not a problem. You don’t have to handle this stuff carefully like you might with some thinner products.
"..the material is heavy and strong..you cannot tear it.."
I am a do-it-yourself type of guy and luckily my nephew that helped is young and strong. While there were some scuffed knees and bumped heads, the install went relatively easy. In old houses you have to find ways to improvise.
To get around the fact that my attic has high ceilings and very little floored area, we built temporary scaffolds out of scrap 2x4s, unscrewing them and moving them as we went along. To get over the attic heat, we pulled up a couple of HVAC registers and had them blowing into the attic. We also worked from about 9:00 pm to 4:00 am during the coolest part of the night.
RESULTS – Before we installed AtticFoil® radiant barrier, the temperature in our attic would typically be 20 to 30 degrees higher than the outside air. After the install, the temperature now does not really go more than 10 degrees higher than the outside air. Before the install, the second-floor air conditioning would run constantly. The ducts are in the attic. Temperatures would not fall down to even 74 degrees until nearly 1:00 am. Now we can get all of the guest bedrooms upstairs to comfortable temperatures even before the sun goes down. And the A/C is not running continuously.
My wife and her cleaning staff had complained of the uncomfortable temperatures on the second floor all summer.
Two days after we installed the barrier and the attic had a chance to cool off, the second floor was noticeably cooler. I was really glad when my wife said, “I think that radiant barrier you installed in the attic has helped tremendously.” Other than what I had read online about radiant barrier, I wasn’t too sure it would work. Well, it did and I am very glad.
"...the A/C is not running continuously..."
Overall, the cost of my rather large installation, including paying my nephew and buying some staplers, was about $1,000. I expect with the savings on my utility bills that I should recoup this cost within one year.