According to the U.S. Department of Energy, heating and cooling account for about 56 percent of the energy use in a typical U.S. home, making it the largest energy expense for most families. It’s no wonder that homeowners are constantly seeking energy-efficient methods to save money heating and cooling their home while also reducing their impact on the environment. Ryan Amerson, owner of Energy Attic, a Dallasbased radiant barrier and insulation company, is helping area homeowners and businesses do just that with a three-part Energy Reduction System.
“We are in the business of lowering energy costs and making your home or office more comfortable,” says Amerson. “In the summer months, we can lower the temperature of an attic by 40 to 50 degrees.” For most customers, that translates to a year-round savings of up to 40 percent on energy bills.
The company offers free energy efficiency audits and estimates to help homeowners and business owners determine which components are needed to make the indoor climate more comfortable and cost-effective. Amerson explains that the primary goal of the system is to lower the attic temperature, which in turn lowers the temperature throughout the home. “Every house is different; what works for one home may not work for another, so we thoroughly inspect and measure each space to come up with a solution that will meet the specific challenges of each residence,” he says.
Once the inspection is complete, a comprehensive estimate with recommendations is provided by the end of the day, and customers can choose any or all of the Energy Reduction System components that are indicated, which include a foil radiant barrier, attic insulation and solar attic fans. According to Amerson, the three components work together as a complete system to reduce year-round energy costs, but they can be purchased individually, as well.
The main component is the foil radiant barrier, a reflective insulation system that offers a permanent way to reduce energy costs by deflecting radiant heat. A durable double layer of 99 percent pure aluminum is stapled under the rafters or crawl space to create maximum airflow and eliminate moisture. Once the foil radiant barrier is installed, it acts as a shield, reflecting 97 percent of the outside heat and maintaining more consistent, comfortable temperatures indoors.
Amerson says that he sees the most dramatic results with the foil radiant barrier. It has the best return on investment, usually paying for itself in a couple of years, and makes a great green option. Energy Attic stands behind the product for the life of the home, and the foil radiant barrier insulation is also an Energy Star product, which means it meets strict energy efficiency guidelines set by the Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Energy.
Clients often ask the professionals at Energy Attic about the differences between paint and aluminum foil radiant barriers, and Amerson believes there is really no contest. “The effectiveness of a radiant barrier is measured by how much heat it reflects and emits to the air space below,” he explains. “You want the emittance value to be as low as possible. The emittance value of the Energy Attic radiant barrier is .03, which means it reflects 97 percent of the radiant heat in your attic, allowing only 3 percent of the radiant heat into the attic.” He continues to explain that most paint products allow 23 to 90 percent of the radiant heat into the attic—even the very best paint product is advertised to reflect up to only 77 percent of the heat and that is being optimistic.
The second component of the system is Johns Manville Climate Pro blow-in, loose-fill fiberglass insulation. Designed for open attics and hard-to-reach locations like corners, edges and around framing, it is non-corrosive and non-combustible. “It provides better indoor air quality and a healthier environment, because it’s made without formaldehyde,” states Amerson. “And, it is guaranteed never to settle or decay, providing insulation for the life of the home.”
Solar ventilation—in the form of SunRise Solar Fans—is the final component of the Energy Attic system. These unique, solar-powered attic fans pull the heat right out of the attic, effectively lowering attic temperatures by as much as 20 degrees. Because they are powered completely by the sun and don’t cost a thing to operate, Amerson estimates they pay for themselves via reduced energy bills in three to five years.
For Amerson, delivering products he can be proud of is critical. “It is important to me that we are actually helping people and I can feel good about what we’re doing,” he says. “Our customers are always our number one priority and we want each and every one of them to have a positive experience from start to finish. We pay attention to details and respect what we are doing.”
For more information or to schedule a free estimate, call 972-548-0088 or visit EnergyAttic.com.