We help people cut costs on their energy bills. Installing Radiant Barrier in your home or business can save you money time and time again.
AB Attic Solutions is ready to serve Duncanville and up to a 50 mile surrounding area. We will come to you and check your attic insulation to make sure its up to code. Having the proper amount of insulation is very important when factoring your energy bill. We even offer Radiant Barrier for those who want the extra savings. Radiant Barrier has been proven to cut energy costs up to 40 and even 50 percent. In extreme cases we've even calculated higher savings than that. If you aren't sure if you need updated insulation just give us a call (469)324-9726. We also service new homes as well.
Do you have or have had squirrels living in your attic?? Well we just quoted a job for a gentlemen in Crowley, TX that had squirrels nesting in his attic. Unfortunately for him the squirrels destroyed a huge portion of his insulation. It was completely matted down in the most traveled areas and also used it as a restroom. We found the opening where the squirrels were coming in and now we will be removing and replacing all the insulation. More than likely this customer will see a noticeable difference in his heating and cooling bills judging by the looks of his old insulation.
Hope everyone had a great Easter weekend!
We've been busy getting folks ready for this summers heat. Just finished an attic that had some terribly done insulation. Attic leaks everywhere and the amount of insulation was very thin, not nearly enough to properly insulate the area it was covering. Heres a good read about attic insulation and what it consists of to be done properly. http://ow.ly/YYSUw
Have you recently had squirrels in your attic? If so, did you know that your insulation could be permanently damaged from them making your attic into their home? Its true, vermin can completely compact your insulation and use it as a restroom as well. When your insulation gets compacted its efficiency of doing its job is drastically reduced.
We know that often times an attic is out of site out mind, but I think our previous customers who have saved significantly on their energy bills would tell you its worth a look. We offer free estimates, if you don't need us, well at least you know your in good standings.
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We are here to answer any of your attic insulation and radiant barrier questions. Give us a call at (469)324-9726, and take these off your light switches. Saving money on your electricity bill is much less painful!
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We hope everyone is off to a great start in 2016! We wanted to let everyone know that we are running a 20% discount on all Radiant Barrier installations. So if you've been thinking about having it done in your home, now is the time. This is a perfect time to have it installed before the summer heat hits. Start saving on your energy bills for the entire hot season. Give us a call for a free estimate. (469)324-9726
Is your heater running non stop! if your home is insulated properly, it shouldn't be. Have a look at one of our blog articles about attic insulation and radiant barrier installation. We post new blog articles fairly often. If you have any questions feel free to message us or give us a call at (469)324-9726. http://www.abatticsolutions.com/install-radiant-barrier-or-attic-insulations/
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Installation of different types of attic insulations such as spray foam, fiberglass, blow-in cellulose and even radiant barrier.
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Hope everyone's enjoying this cold weather. A little food for thought. Do you pay attention to how often your heater runs? Does it seem to run nonstop? Well if so, your attic insulation could need some updating. Our service typically pays for itself in a short amount of time and estimates are free so give us a call today! (469)324-9726 or visit us on the web at http://www.abAtticSolutions.com
Our prayers go out to anyone effected by the tornados tonight. We can't even imagine what that would be like especially around the Holidays.
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Now is a perfect time for some new attic insulation or radiant barrier. Be ready for this next summer and start saving. This small investment will pay for itself!! Visit us on the web at http://www.abAtticSolutions.com or give us a call at (469)324-9726
4 displaced in Vienna house fire
VIENNA, Va. (WUS9) -- No one was injured in an accidental house fire that cause $25,000 in damage to a single-family Vienna, Virginia house on Friday evening.
Fairfax County Firefighters responded at 7:30 p.m. Friday to 2650 Oakton Glen Drive. When first responders arrived they found smoke coming from the attic and roof of the two-story home. Firefighters were able to aggressively attack and quickly extinguish the fire in the attic.
Three residents where inside when the fire started. They discovered smoke coming from a light fixture on the second floor and called 911. The residents were able to escape the home unharmed.
Fire investigators believe a hot works operation or welding project in the attic ignited insulation causing the fire.
Four residents have been displaced and Red Cross support was offered but was declined by the occupants.
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All about Radiant Barrier and Attic Insulation by getranked | Nov 29, 2015 | Attic Insulation, Radiant Barrier | There are many types of insulation available for the home. Most of what is on the market is manufactured in a way that places energy efficiency or convenience above environmentally-friend…
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7 Reasons To Install Radiant Barrier Sheathing
Radiant barrier sheathing offers several benefits:
1.It is qualified under the EPA Seal and Insulate with ENERGY STAR program
2.It can help decrease your home’s annual cooling cost if you live in the southern portions of the U.S.
3.Thermostat radiant barrier roof sheathing can help you earn LEED points under the NAHB Green Building Standard.
4.Radiant barrier sheathing can lower your home’s energy consumption by up to 17%. This depends on the R-values of insulation installed, design of the building and other factors. These are findings based upon studies by Florida Solar Energy Center, Tennessee Valley Authority, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Nevada Power Company and Texas A&M University
5.In the heat of the summer, radiant barrier sheathing will keep the maximum attic temperature up to 30% cooler than attics with standard sheathing.
6.Thermostat reflects up to 97% of the sun’s radiant heat and that keeps it from being absorbed into the attic. Thus, less heat is transferred into living areas through the ceiling. This will enable your cooling system to operate more efficiently.
7.Thermostat radiant barrier plywood can reduce heat flow through your ceiling up to 50%.
Thinking about adding insulation in your attic? That is probably something you should be thinking about, but doing it the wrong way can cause big problems. So leave it to the pros here at AB Attic Insulations. Let us make sure your home is taken care of. You can message us here, contact us on our website http://www.abatticsolutions.com, or give us a call at (469)324-9726.
This is one of the types of spray foam insulation that we offer. "Cellulose Fiber"
Keep your home cool with Radiant Barriers by getranked | Nov 6, 2015 | Uncategorized | Normally, the benefit of the radiant barriers is the reduced impact of the radiant energy on the house. They are usually installed on walls and roofs of houses to reduce the heat gain during summer time and conseq…
What Is Radiant Barrier??
Radiant barrier is a reflective insulation system that offers a permanent way to reduce your monthly utility costs. Radiant barrier foil insulation systems BLOCK radiant heat energy instead of absorbing it like fiberglass insulation. Radiant barrier is unaffected by humidity and will continue to perform at a consistent level no matter how humid the seasonal climate.
A radiant barrier insulation system is a layer of reinforced aluminum foil facing an airspace inside a building.
How Does Radiant Barrier Work?
In order to fully understand how a radiant barrier works and how one can benefit you, the following concepts and radiant barrier information will enhance your understanding.
Heat Transfer Methods
Heat moves from one location to another in three different ways: conduction, convection, and radiation.
◦Conduction: this method of heat transfer occurs when two solid objects touch each other. The heat is transferred between the two objects via molecular motion. For example, if your hand touches the surface of a light bulb, the heat from the glass will be transferred to your hand.
◦Convection: heat that moves through fluids, such as water, rising heated air, or steam is doing so by the convection. In air, convection results in rising heated air causing the cooler air to drop to the floor. This creates what is called a free convection loop. One can create their own convection loop by using a fan to circulate the air in a room. This creates what is called a forced convection loop.
◦Radiation: heat that is transferred by infrared waves is called radiation. These rays are invisible to the naked eye and are not affected by air flow. Stepping out into the sun on a hot day, you will feel your skin heat up from the heat radiating from the sun. And you will still feel these heat rays regardless of how windy it is outside. Radiation is the transfer of heat from a warmer object across an air space (or vacuum) to a colder surface and all objects radiate some of their heat in varying degrees from 0% to 100% whether it be the surface of a car that's been sitting in the sun or an electric stovetop burner.
Other examples of radiant heat transfer:
◦Roof shingles which have absorbed heat via radiant heat transfer from the sun.
◦Heat radiating from a furnace.
How Conventional Insulation Works
Most people are familiar with traditional insulating materials such as fiberglass, cellulose, Styrofoam, and rock wool. These products absorb or slow down convective and conductive heat transfers to insulate. These types of insulation do not BLOCK heat - only slow it down. Therefore, after a period of time, 100% of the heat absorbed would eventually transfer through the insulation. The rate in which this heat eventually transfers through an insulation material is the material's R-Value.
◦Fiberglass and blown-in cellulose insulation are manufactured with air spaces inside designed to reduce heat conduction through the material. They also restrict heat transfer by convection by trapping air flows and lowering air circulation.
◦Similar to fiberglass and blown-in insulation, some foam insulations, comprised of hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCF), also absorb conductive and convective heat. However, HCF's found in some foam insulation products have been found to be extremely potent greenhouse gases and are being phased out by the United States over the next 23 years.
How Radiant Barrier Works
A radiant barrier is designed to BLOCK (reflect) radiant heat energy unlike traditional insulations that are designed to slow it down by absorbing it. A radiant barrier can also REDUCE heat transfer caused by convection by blocking convective air flow.
How does a radiant barrier reflect/BLOCK radiant heat?
There are two physical properties of aluminum that a radiant barrier utilizes to reduce the transfer of radiant heat.
1.Reflectivity = The natural reflectivity property of a reflective surface facing a heat source across an air space allows the aluminum to REFLECT radiant heat back to the direction from which it came.
2.Emissivity = All materials have emissivity's ranging from 0% to 100%. The lower the emittance percentage of a material, the lower the amount of radiant heat radiated from its surface. The naturally low emissivity property of a reflective surface facing an air space results in very low emittance of heat from itself; it does not radiate much of its own heat from itself.
aluminum candy bar wrapper
Example of aluminum reflective property in common every day uses. This aluminum keeps the chocolate from getting too warm and melting.
A Radiant barrier REFLECTs radiant heat that strikes its surface across an air space from a heat source and conversely, it EMITs very little radiant heat from its surface across an air space opposite a heat source.
Why Radiant Barriers REQUIRE An Air Space
No matter how you plan to install a radiant barrier, it MUST have at least one air space of at least 3/4 of an inch on either side to be effective at BLOCKING radiant heat. It does NOT matter which side of the radiant barrier the air space is located. The purpose of the air space is to prevent conductive heat transfer.
If a radiant barrier does not have at least ONE air space on either side of it, heat will conduct from the surface touching the radiant barrier, through the barrier, and then transfer to the next surface touching the radiant barrier on the opposite side therefore, giving you no protection against the heat you intend to block.
Therefore, as long as the air space requirement is achieved, a radiant barrier will be effective at BLOCKING radiant heat regardless of your application, i.e. interior/exterior walls, siding, roofing and attic locations, etc.
What Happens When No Air Space Exists
Because a radiant barrier requires an air space on at least one side of itself to be able to BLOCK radiant heat, a radiant barrier CANNOT be installed directly underneath roofing materials where no air space exists.
For example, if you install a radiant barrier on top of roof decking between the felt paper and asphalt shingles, it will NOT provide any benefits as the radiant heat would be transferred through the shingles, through the felt to the radiant barrier, and through the roof decking into the attic space (see image below).
A radiant barrier can be effective with an asphalt shingle roof ONLY when installed inside the attic either to the underside of the roof decking or to the underside of the roof rafters. In these attic space applications, there is an air space below the radiant barrier. It is the existence of a single air space that eliminates, almost entirely, the pass-through of radiant heat.
radiant barrier under shingles
radiant barrier decking
Our RadiantGUARD® radiant barriers REFLECT 95-97% of the radiant heat that strike their surface across and air space and conversely only EMIT 3% of the radiant heat from their surface facing an air space.
Everyday Example of Low Emissivity Across an Air Space
The help you understand the more difficult concept of emissivity, imagine of a hot baked potato wrapped in aluminum foil. If you hold your hand close to the wrapped potato (not touching it), you would feel very little radiant heat coming off the aluminum because aluminum doesn't “emit” much heat across an air space (aluminum has a low emissivity factor). If you were then to touch the aluminum wrapped baked potato, you would feel a great deal of heat because the aluminum would then be conducting heat from the potato, through the aluminum, to your hand. Because you have lost the air space, the heat would contact (conduct) to your hand.
A radiant barrier is ONLY effective when at least a 3/4" air space is provided on either side of itself regardless of the location of the heat source. If the air space is on the side of the heat source, the REFLECTIVITY property works to REFLECT the radiant heat. If the air space is on the opposite side of the heat source, the low EMISSIVITY property works to reduce the amount of radiant heat that EMITs from its surface.
Blocking Radiant Heat Transfers in a Home or Building
All building surfaces include roofs, ceilings, and even conventional fiberglass and blown-in insulation radiate heat in varying degrees. Radiant heat from the sun strikes the outer surfaces of roofs and walls and is absorbed causing building surfaces to heat up. This absorbed heat moves through the material (via conduction) to the opposite side and is then radiated from itself into attics and living spaces increasing the temperatures inside the building.
Installing a radiant barrier is a MUST to combat the major form of heat transfer (radiant) that is currently not being controlled by your conventional insulation.
What Classifies as a Radiant Barrier
Per the Department of Energy (DOE), a product classified as a "radiant barrier" MUST have a low emittance of 10% or less and a high reflectance of 90% or more.
RadiantGUARD radiant barriers have an emittance of only 3-5% and a reflectance of 95-97%; considerable better than the DOE's radiant barrier minimum classification requirements.
How RadiantGUARD Radiant Barriers Benefit You
RadiantGUARD radiant barriers reflect/BLOCK radiant heat; not just absorb or slow it down like other forms of insulation.
RadiantGUARD radiant barriers are unaffected by humidity or ambient temperatures, unlike other forms of insulation, and therefore, perform at a consistent level at all times.
RadiantGUARD radiant barriers reflect/BLOCK 95-97% of the radiant heat transfer and when installed in an attic space, they can result in a reduction of attic temperature below the radiant barrier of up to 30 degrees. Lowering the temperatures above living space ceilings provides a significant benefit by reducing air conditioning loads and energy usage. Our radiant barriers can:
◦Reduce heat transfer from attic to living spaces by 16-42%,
◦Extend the life of air conditioning unit,
◦Increase the comfort level of a home or building, and
◦Reduce monthly cooling bills up to 17%.
RadiantGUARD radiant barriers are safe and easy to install:
◦No breathing apparatus required
◦Non-toxic / non-carcinogenic
◦Clean and lightweight; easy to handle
◦Installation requires no special tools or clothing
◦Don't promote the growth of fungi or bacteria
◦Provides no nest support for rodent or insect pests
◦Class A / Class 1 Fire Rating
◦Meets fire and smoke safety requirements of most federal, state and local building codes
◦Require no maintenance
◦Do not shrink
RadiantGUARD Testing and Approvals:
◦United States Testing Company
◦Tennessee Valley Authority
◦Tennessee Technological University
◦State of California Quality Standards
◦Oak Ridge National Laboratory
◦Metro Dade County
◦Texas A&M University
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