We had Energy Improvements in Tyler, Texas install Radiant Barrier over the entire floor of our attic in October 2014....
We had Energy Improvements in Tyler, Texas install Radiant Barrier over the entire floor of our attic in October 2014.
Now (2017) three years later, we can confidently say that it was one of the best energy and money-saving decisions we ever made. Our home remains cool for a long time during the day in the summer, and in the winter months, the living area stays warm with very little heat loss.
We live in a log home, and the density of the log walls creates an effective barrier against outdoor temperatures -- much more effective than a home that has standard fiberglass insulation on its walls. However, without the radiant barrier, the ceiling of our home would have allowed the summer heat coming in from the roof and the attic to radiate down toward the living spaces, causing much discomfort, and making the air-conditioning system cycle frequently throughout the day.
In the winter, the reverse would have been true. Without the radiant barrier on the attic floor, the heat generated in the living spaces of the home could easily escape through the ceiling, to the attic, and out the gable vents and the roof. We would have been constantly generating (and wasting) the heat inside the house in order to stay comfortable.
The radiant barrier has essentially acted as a "lid" -- sealing the living space from the unstable temperature in our attic.
One of the concerns we had in having the radiant barrier installed on the floor of our attic was that it might cause the attic temperature to get extremely high; that too much heat would build up there in the summer.
The solution was very simple -- we had a local roofing company install two turbine vents on our roof, thereby ventilating the attic and preventing excessive heat buildup. The turbine vents and the radiant barrier are, in effect, working in tandem to address the insulation and ventilation issues of our home.
A side-benefit to having the radiant barrier installed in our attic is how clean and neat the attic has become; how less "threatening" it feels to go up there to store things, and how we don't feel like we're breathing fiberglass dust and fibers from the insulation material. Our attic looks just like some of the photos on the Energy Improvements web site!
A final note, and this one is about the Company: Energy Improvements is a good company. I know that both as a recent customer and as someone who worked part-time for them for three months in 2010. While an employee, I observed that they were driven by high standards of honesty and a desire to consistently deliver quality service and a good product to their customers. I would listen in when there were operations and safety meetings for the installation crew and noticed that management valued not only the work of their people but the workers' themselves.
The owner of the company stressed the importance of being honest when selling to customers. It was important to him that the product they sold was of high-quality and that the jobs were done correctly. Customer satisfaction was important to him, and he handled customer complaints personally. He wanted customers to be proud of their decision to have the radiant barrier installed in their homes and to have Energy Improvements perform the work.
It was for these reasons, that when we bought our home in 2014, seven years after I left that company, that I still contacted Energy Improvements.
It was a wise decision to have the barrier installed and we have not regretted choosing Energy Improvements to perform the work.