Energy saving DIY home improvement
project perfect for the Fall.
When it comes to do-it-yourself projects that will save money on energy costs, there are many new products on the market that
make it possible to save hundreds of dollars over
time, with just a few hours of easy installation.
Few of these products come close to the long-term
benefits of installing a radiant barrier in your attic.
There’s even a federal tax credit (available on your
2010 federal tax return) to help you recoup a portion
of your purchase price, saving you up to $1,500.
As temperatures drop in the Fall, installing a radiant
barrier in your attic space becomes much more
comfortable. When warmer weather returns you can
relax without having to turn on the air conditioner
as often and as a result, enjoy reduced cooling
costs, which is the main benefit of installing a radiant
barrier, according to Rick Jordan of EcoRite
Products, a major radiant barrier manufacturer.
“I don’t know of any product that is this easy to
install that does as much for reducing the stress on
your cooling or heating systems as a radiant barrier,”
Jordan says. “On average, attics that have radiant
barriers installed are 30 degrees cooler than they
were before the product was installed. That equates
to a significant amount of heat that is not baking
down through the ceiling of a home, causing the air
conditioner to stay on longer and work harder.”
A radiant barrier works in your home similar to
the way a reflective foil car shade works in your car.
Just as a car shade keeps the interior of an auto
cooler when it’s parked in the sun, radiant barriers
keep your home’s interior cooler when installed in
your attic where the sun’s radiant energy is absorbed.
The Florida Solar Energy Center has conducted
numerous studies on radiant barrier installation and
found that, under peak daytime heat conditions,
the total heat transfer allowed down through attics
can be reduced by as much as 40 percent, which
can significantly reduce the load demand of an air
Enerflex is available in easy-to-install pre-cut panels or in rolls
Of course the design of your home makes a
difference: Whether it is a one-story or two-story
home, the home’s age, the type of roof, whether
your roof has shade, your HVAC system’s efficiency,
the type of insulation installed and local energy
rates all contribute to your potential for individual
“Enerflex looks a lot like quilted aluminum foil.
It is made of a durable, highly reflective, double-
sided metallic film that you install to the underside
of a roof between the rafters. From an installation
standpoint, it couldn’t be easier,” Jordan says.
“There is no need to secure the product with
adhesive, so installation moves quickly.”
“Radiant barrier installation should be viewed
not so much an expense as an investment.
Homeowners are paid back over time through lower
utility bills, particularly in the summer, but winter-
time savings can also be realized,” Jordan says.
In the winter, a radiant barrier basically performs
in reverse, helping to keep rising heat from the
home’s interior from escaping through the roof.
Radiant barriers typically are twice as effective in
the summer months as in winter months.
Jordan notes that the federal government offers
a tax credit that’s worth investigating. Qualified
taxpayers can save 30 percent of the cost of
installing a radiant barrier — up to $1,500 —
through the American Recovery Tax Credit.
Enerflex Radiant Barrier is mold- and mildew-resistant, will not harbor insects, and is Class A fire
rated. For additional information, including compelling videos and a material calculator, or to find a
retailer in your area visit www.EnerflexFoil.com.