Attic insulation is critical to keeping your home cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Your home already comes with an attic full of the stuff, so why add more? By using certain types of insulation you can create energy efficient designs that maximize the already existing insulation for a minimum cost. In some cases you can decrease your energy bill by up to 25 percent and a quick return of 2-5 years.

The insulation you are probably used to seeing is fiberglass batting with a paper back. This is the same insulation you see the Pink Panther roll around in on TV. This is typical stranded fiber glass. It is also shredded and blown into your attic.

There are several products on the market that increase these types of insulations energy efficiency. One of my favorite types tends to be foil backed insulation. I first came across this foil back in the early 90’s when I was still learning. It was foil backed plywood and all of the crew had trouble understanding it. Because the foil had to go face down, the guys cut a lot of it backwards.

Attic insulation is critical to keeping your home cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Your home already comes with an attic full of the stuff, so why add more? By using certain types of insulation you can create energy efficient designs that maximize the already existing insulation for a minimum cost. In some cases you can decrease your energy bill by up to 25 percent and a quick return of 2-5 years.

The insulation you are probably used to seeing is fiberglass batting with a paper back. This is the same insulation you see the Pink Panther roll around in on TV. This is typical stranded fiber glass. It is also shredded and blown into your attic.

There are several products on the market that increase these types of insulations energy efficiency. One of my favorite types tends to be foil backed insulation. I first came across this foil back in the early 90’s when I was still learning. It was foil backed plywood and all of the crew had trouble understanding it. Because the foil had to go face down, the guys cut a lot of it backwards.

The purpose of the foil is to reflect radiant heat. When UV rays strike materials (like plywood) they inadvertently vibrate the molecules. This creates friction which in turn creates heat. The foils surface reacts with UV rays in such a way as to reflect them, just like tin foil around a Christmas ham works.

There are many foil products that can be added to the attic for increased energy efficiency. But be wary of certain products. If dust can be allowed to settle on the surface of the foil, it can decrease its productivity and hinder the energy efficiency of the foil.

One of the best foil products I have seen is a shredded cardboard or laminate double foiled back particle spread. In English this means little bitty squares of foil backed pieces that are sprayed over your existing insulation. Even if dust settles on the top layer, there will be several layers underneath that are dust-free that will reflect the unwanted UV rays back away from space.

Not every green product is as it seems. It’s always a good idea to do some research with the company before committing to a home energy improvement.