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Where can I find the best radiant barrier to install under my roof?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Hal Skinner Nov 1, 2014. 16 Replies

As home energy professionals, we all need to know the best way to prevent attics from overheating in the summer. My 2800 SF 2 story has a standard man made 1 inch thick shingle roof over simple sub…Continue

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"SmartSpeed(TM) is finally in production. It automates operation of my new ES line of whole house fans."
Jun 2
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Whole House Fan Thermostat

News for 2016! I have invented a thermostat for whole house fans that can be used on any installed fan. As you know, whole house fans should not be automatically started because there is no way to know if return air is available in the form of, usually, open windows. So my thermostat does not start working until the fan is turned on by the homeowner. Then it senses the home temperature and automatically turns the fan off when the temperature falls to the set point desired. More info at invisco…See More
Jun 2
Hal Skinner replied to Kurt Shafer's discussion Where can I find the best radiant barrier to install under my roof?
"Hi Anthony, Ours was certified by The Florida Solar Energy Center.  You are right to say most of the spray on radiant barriers ARE junk.  We aint one of them.         "
Nov 1, 2014
Anthony Gomes replied to Kurt Shafer's discussion Where can I find the best radiant barrier to install under my roof?
"Kurt, Please look at the Florida Solar Energy Center website under Publications. They have done studies about Radiant Barriers and have published results. I have installed a radiant barrier in my house and can say that the results have been well…"
Nov 1, 2014
Ed Minch replied to Kurt Shafer's discussion Where can I find the best radiant barrier to install under my roof?
"The important thing here is the surface temperature of the ceiling against the attic as compared to the interior temperature of the house as this is where the money goes.  The OP does not state what the air temp is when he has a 90° ceiling…"
Oct 30, 2014
Kurt Shafer replied to Kurt Shafer's discussion Where can I find the best radiant barrier to install under my roof?
"Tom, I would like to see that article. Where is it? And what kind of radiant barrier could cost so much and do so little?I am installing what I think will be the perfect solution for my 2800 sf 2 story. First a ridge vent on the 45 foot long clean…"
Oct 29, 2014
Hal Skinner replied to Kurt Shafer's discussion Where can I find the best radiant barrier to install under my roof?
""On a RESNET discussion some insulation experts agreed that insulation will not prevent hot attic air from heating ceilings."  I suspect there is more to that discussion as that statement isn't entirely correct.  Most…"
Oct 29, 2014
Hal Skinner replied to Kurt Shafer's discussion Where can I find the best radiant barrier to install under my roof?
"I just posted a statement and pictures of a home in Yuma AZ.  This is one I did 10 years ago.  I just spoke to the owner.  The biggest electric bill he has seen is $160.00 on a 110 to 120 degree month.  His bills average $70.00…"
Oct 25, 2014
Tom Mallard replied to Kurt Shafer's discussion Where can I find the best radiant barrier to install under my roof?
"Anything done to raise the roofing off the sheathing works to reduce the high temperatures in the attic above ambient but has limits.So, to deal with bad situations like my attic being 160F daily in Phoenix a lot of summer requires reducing…"
Oct 25, 2014
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Where can I find the best radiant barrier to install under my roof?

As home energy professionals, we all need to know the best way to prevent attics from overheating in the summer. My 2800 SF 2 story has a standard man made 1 inch thick shingle roof over simple sub roof and an attic just high enough to stand under the peak. The attic has gable vents at the ends and 3 inch holes drilled in threes in the soffits every 6 feet or so. Over the space of a hot day my ceilings get to over 90 degrees and heat my rooms. On a RESNET discussion some insulation experts…See More
Sep 8, 2014
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Sep 5, 2014
Hal Skinner replied to Kurt Shafer's discussion Where can I find the best radiant barrier to install under my roof?
""It is the other way around for the ducts in the attic. When the ac is running they actually cool the attic at a cost". Heat energy travels towards cold.  Cold does not travel, only heat energy.  If I may here;  When the AC…"
Sep 3, 2014
Bud Poll replied to Kurt Shafer's discussion Where can I find the best radiant barrier to install under my roof?
"It is the other way around for the ducts in the attic. When the ac is running they actually cool the attic at a cost. Of course any heat that finds its way into the house will always end up at that ceiling. But there is another effect that…"
Sep 3, 2014
Kurt Shafer replied to Kurt Shafer's discussion Where can I find the best radiant barrier to install under my roof?
"Bud,  One of the many things I like about these forums is that I always learn something I did not know.  I am working to wrap my mind around insulation and heat flow in my home.  Your calculation "limit the surface temperature…"
Sep 3, 2014
Bud Poll replied to Kurt Shafer's discussion Where can I find the best radiant barrier to install under my roof?
"LOL, I have a one track mind and every once in awhile it jumps the track.  The 90° makes more sense now.  "I was not discussing heat flow."  Heat flow is what determines the ceiling temperature.  I'll stand by…"
Sep 3, 2014
Hal Skinner replied to Kurt Shafer's discussion Where can I find the best radiant barrier to install under my roof?
"Morning Kurt. I can point you to one in private message but not on the open forum.  We are not allowed to promote any products.    You can email me at hal.skinner@yahoo.com or you can call me at 209 556 0764.  I w2ill be here…"
Sep 3, 2014

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Invisco Whole House Fan Company
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BSEE USC
Professional Interests
Energy conservation, ventilation techniques, attic insulation perfection.
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Whole House Fan Thermostat

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News for 2016! I have invented a thermostat for whole house fans that can be used on any installed fan. As you know, whole house fans should not be automatically started because there is no way to know if return air is available in the form of, usually, open windows. So my thermostat does not start working until the fan is turned on by the homeowner. Then it senses the home temperature and automatically turns the fan off when the temperature falls to the set point desired. More info at…

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What is your opinion about members promoting products here?

Posted on July 18, 2014 at 9:02am 11 Comments

Hello,

I am a whole house fan and attic ventilation expert in Temecula CA. I started studying whole house fans in 2008 when my wife, Darlene, and I moved from Manhattan Beach. I would really like to share my knowledge with all of you but I want to be sure I don't antagonize you with more commercialization than you want. Please let me know your opinion and if you can, send me some examples of acceptable blogs and unacceptable ones. 

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