It seems like a crazy question, but they have more in common than you would think… I use the analogy of a baking stone on a daily basis to explain how insulation works to keep our homes at a comfortable temperature. Here is my story:
My wife and I got married right out of college and most of our friends were still in college. College kids like pizza, so naturally we received a lot of pizza related stuff from our friends: four pizza cutters, three aluminum pizza pans, and a pizza baking stone.
The baking stone was by far my favorite gift and we use it still to this day! Why do I love the baking stone so much? It is because there are many benefits to using a baking stone such as:
1. Baking stones absorb moisture, which aluminum doesn’t, thereby making the crust lighter and crispier.
2. The stone retains heat and distributes it evenly across the entire surface to prevent scorching.
3. And finally, my favorite benefit: you can leave the pizza on the stone and it keeps it warm.
I really don’t like cooking pizza on aluminum pans because the pizza cools off as soon as you take it out of the oven. However the pizza stone itself stays hot for a very long time. I even go to the extreme of taking one piece at a time so that every piece is warm.
Now we have reached the point of the post when you are probably wondering what on earth could this possibly have to do with insulation products? The thing I love most about my job is finding the things in our everyday lives to help explain how our products work.
Mass insulation like fiberglass, or as some people call it “that pink panther stuff”, stops heat transfer by absorbing heat. Heat naturally wants to move from warm to cold air spaces. So what do we do? We put a bunch of insulation between the hot and cold air.
That insulation absorbs all of the heat and releases it over a very long period of time. Here is the problem… Just like a baking stone, fiberglass insulation holds on to heat long after the sun has gone down.
There are many nights when it cools off outside and it is still blazing hot inside. Why? Well, that insulation is just sitting above your living space radiating heat into your house. To see for yourself, go into your attic after dark and feel the insulation. It will be warm.
What is the solution? Add radiant barrier to your attic. Just like the aluminum pizza pan, radiant barriers retain very little heat. In fact EcoFoil reflects up to 97% of radiant heat back to its source. This will prevent the sun’s radiant heat from heating up the insulation in your attic.
Once again here we are at the end of another post and I have successfully related two seemingly unrelated topics together in order to give an example of how radiant barriers work.
Adding perforated radiant barrier to your attic is a simple and inexpensive way to keep you home cool, comfortable, and more efficient. For more information or to purchase EcoFoil radiant barriers visit: www.ecofoil.com or call 888-349-3645 to speak with one of our technical experts.