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Energy Saving Attic Solutions for your Home

Berkeys offers 4 Ways to Make Your Attic More Energy Efficient in both the Summer and Winter. Save money and keep your home more comfortable year-round with energy saving solutions:

1 Radiant Barrier
2 Blown-In Insulation
3 Solar Powered Attic Ventilation
4 Attic Tent

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BERKEYS Blown-In Attic Insulation

Attic Insulation reduces the amount of heat that travels between your attic space and the living environment of your Dallas Fort Worth area home.

Heat naturally travels from warmer to cooler environments, so during the summer the heat from your attic is filtering into your home and causing your air conditioner to run longer. In the winter, the heat from your nice warm home is escaping into your attic and causing your heating system to run longer. A properly insulated attic space can save 15% to 30% off of your heating and cooling bill.

recommends AttiCat® Expanding Blown-In PINK® FiberglasTM Insulation that adds millions of the tiny air pockets due to the fluffing of the material in the hose. And that gives the material its insulating power. Because FiberglasTM insulation will not settle, it will maintain the same energy-saving level over time, keeping your home comfortable for years to come. This is better than laying batts or rolls which must leaving lots of gaps where heat exchange will occur.

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BERKEYS Radiant Barrier

According to Energy.gov: A radiant barrier reduces the radiant heat transfer from the underside of the roof to the other surfaces in the attic.

When the sun heats a roof, it’s primarily the sun’s radiant energy that makes the roof hot. Much of this heat travels by conduction through the roofing materials. The hot roof material then radiates its gained heat energy onto the cooler attic surfaces, including the air ducts and the attic floor.

Radiant barriers are installed in attics – primarily to reduce summer heat gain and reduce cooling costs. The barriers consist of a highly reflective material that reflects radiant heat. Radiant barriers are more effective in hot climates, especially when air ducts are located in the attic. Some studies show that radiant barriers can reduce cooling costs 5% to 1o% in a warm, sunny climate. A radiant barrier’s effectiveness depends on proper installation, so it’s best to use a certified installer.

Appalachian State University Energy Center, NC, recently announced the results of a case study to measure the benefits of adding radiant barriers in home attics. Key findings include:

  • 23 degree F drop in peak attic temperature
  • 20% reduction in the A/C units run time during peak hours • 57% efficiency improvement in the cooled air delivered through the air ducts

Why are radiant barriers installed alongside other types of insulation?

Texas homeowners know how hot it gets in the attic during the summer. Intense solar heat radiates indoors through the roof, making the attic like an oven. The hot attic then conducts undesirable heat to the rest of the home, pressuring your HVAC systems to work harder which drives up utility costs. This is one reason your electric bills are higher during the hot summer days. Regardless of what materials your insulation is made of, it’s purpose is to create a barrier of still air. This prevents air flow needed for convection while acting as a physical barrier to conduction. Together with a radiant barrier, all aspects of moving heat are addressed.

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How do you ensure your insulation is working at maximum energy efficiency?

By reducing the load on your Air Conditioning system by reducing heat gain. That’s the purpose of radiant barrier.

“When a radiant barrier is added to a home, comfort immediately improves.”
– Gary Cook – Professor of Building Construction, Univ. of Florida.


*Actual dollar savings and ROI time can vary widely due to a plethora of factors including, but not limited to: climate zone, size of building, number of stories and amount of conditioned space, utility usage, building direction and slope of roof, tree shading, roof color, decking material, current insulation and ventilation packages, and much more. The critical measurement is that thermal emittance value. The lower the emissivity, the less heat is allowed to radiate into the building. Just like standard insulations have an R-value (the higher the better), radiant barriers and IRCCs have an “e-value” (the lower the better). How that ultimately affects the utility bill, however, will be different from house to house and building to building.

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BERKEYS Solar Powered Attic Ventilation

This new solar powered technology uses no electricity and is extremely important during the hot summer months for removing heat and humidity from the attic space.

Removing heat from the attic allows your cooling system to work much more efficiently.

“Yesterday I took delivery of my solar attic fan at about 4:30 PM. This morning around 10:30 AM the sun came up over the trees and standing on the back deck I couldn’t hear the fan at all. So I got out the ladder and climbed up to see what was going on. It was pumping out hot air like I couldn’t believe! I held my hand beside the fan and it felt like a blow dryer on high speed… In- credible. My wife was very worried about the fan noise, but there wasn’t any noise at all. Hats off to your team!”

Mike C

Plus removal of moisture prohibits the growth of mold and mildew. In our hot and humid North Texas environment, these two things are crucial to a safe, healthier and more efficient home.

Includes LIFETIME MFG. WARRANTY

Your product will be free from defects in workmanship, parts, and materials for the LIFETIME of the product as applied to all residential applications and uses of our products. The terms and conditions of our warranty do not extend to misuse, neglect, abuse, alteration, exposure to extreme weather conditions, lightning strikes, physical damage to product, damaged caused by transportation, or damage resulting from installation of product.

“Super product – very well constructed. How exciting it was to see the fan working on its own power! Looking forward to a cooler summer!”

Mark W

Limited Time Residential Renewable Energy Tax Credit Incentive of 30% Thru Dec. 31, 2016

More Information:

www.dsireusa.org

www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f5695.pdf

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BERKEYS Attic Tent

In most cases your attic door is not insulated and can be a source for loss of heat and energy in your home. The Attic Tent-Attic Door Insulation Cover provides a way to solve this problem.

This product helps you save energy and money by insulating this opening in your home. This cover is easy to install and offers an affordable solution to making your home more comfortable.

The insulated cover fits around your attic opening and creates a thermal barrier which reduces the loss of heat.