RadiaSource™ provides products and services to home and business owners that help them become more energy efficient. Energy efficiency helps our customers save money, increase comfort, and preserve the environment.
We identify customer needs through proper analysis and meet those needs with the highest quality in products and services. We conduct all business with perfect integrity—no exceptions. We are committed to customer service, goal orientation, and professional improvement. We seek to be respected as a company that over-delivers on customer expectations in every phase of our operation.
We're headquartered in the shadows of the Wasatch Mountain range in Ogden, Utah. Our mission is to help home and business owners reduce their heating and cooling costs and make their home and commercial buildings a more comfortable environment to be in.
Our products, which stem from a technology utilized by NASA, have aided in regulating the amount of heat entering or escaping homes, commercial buildings, metal buildings, warehouses, sheds, barns, water heaters, garages, etc. This heat regulation results in big savings on our customers utility bills and a dramatic difference in comfort.
We're proud to offer products that save people money, help them live and work in comfort, reduce impact on the environment, and are 100% made in the USA.
The Problem with Traditional Insulation
Traditional insulation, such as fiberglass or cellulose, is rated with an "R-value", which measures thermal resistance. Increasing the thickness of an insulating layer increases the thermal resistance. In other words, the higher the R-Value, the better it is at slowing down the transfer of heat. With R-value, more is better! It's important to note that traditional insulation doesn't stop the transfer of heat; it only slows it down (like pouring water through a sponge). The heat absorbed eventually transfers into living spaces.
Traditional insulation is effective in preventing heat transfer by conduction (the transfer of heat by touch) or convection (the transfer of heat through air). However, traditional insulation is ineffective in preventing the transfer of radiant heat—which is responsible for the majority of heat loss in the winter and nearly all of heat gain in the summer.
To understand why RadiaSource™ is superior to traditional insulation, it is important to understand "E-value". E-value measures the thermal emittance of materials and is rated on a scale of 0 to 1. A high emittance material is one that absorbs and emits a lot of radiant heat. Asphalt is an example of a material with a high emittance value (.90-.98). A low emittance material does not absorb or emit heat. So, when it comes to E-value, lower is better!
Traditional insulation materials have a high E-value. As a result, they offer little protection from radiant heat transfer. Traditional insulation, even with a high R-value, has an E-value of 0.8-0.9, which means it absorbs and emits 80 - 90% of radiant heat and reflects only 10 - 20%. This heat absorption will eventually transfers into or out of your home or commercial building, causing cooling and heating units to run harder and longer.
You may have noticed that in the summer months, if left on, your cooling unit will run throughout the night. Many homeowners leave their windows open, hoping their home or commercial building will eventually cool down by morning. This is due, in part, to the heat absorbed by your traditional insulation. It continues to seep into your home or commercial building long after outside temperatures have dropped.
Conversely, in the winter months, your heater never seems to stop. This is due to the high absorption of traditional insulation which soaks up heat that should stay in living spaces, and emits it into the outside air.
Why Does RadiaSource's™ Radiant Barrier Work?
Radiant barrier technology was utilized by NASA in the 1950's. It "was created to be very lightweight in order to minimize weight impact on vehicle payload while also protecting spacecraft, equipment, and personnel from the extreme temperature fluctuations of space. It has been employed on virtually all manned and unmanned NASA missions." (//www.sti.nasa.gov) This technology is now being utilized by RadiaSource™ to protect against extreme temperature fluctuations in buildings on earth!
A radiant barrier is defined as a material that has an E-value (emittance) of 0.10 or less. In other words, it has to reflect at least 90% of radiant heat to qualify as a radiant barrier. RadiaSource™ is at the cutting edge of radiant barrier technology.
By adding RadiaSource™, which is a material with a low E-value of .05, the heat that seeks to escape from a structure in the winter is reflected back in. The heat that seeks to enter a structure in the summer is reflected back out. Buildings, therefore, stay warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer, which makes living conditions much more comfortable and causes utility bills to drop.
Consumers need to understand that with any metal film radiant barrier, oxidation is a major concern. Oxidation causes the emittance of metals to rise to well above a 0.50. Therefore, an oxidized product ceases to be a radiant barrier. RadiaSource™ scientists have made big strides in radiant barrier technology. Competing products simply do not measure up.
RadiaSource™ radiant barrier is actually made with a patented five layered system. On the front and back, there is a vaporized polymer top coating that defends against oxidation. This patented vaporized coating allows RadiaSource™ to remain a radiant barrier for as long as it is in use. Under this all-important coating is a metalized film that is attached to a micro-polymer core. This core gives the product a conductive break, which reduces the amount of condensation that could develop on the surface. Finally, the woven design was engineered to give it incredible tear strength.
Evolution of reflective/radiant products
Some customers, in an effort to find so-called "bargain" products, end up with something that is ineffective and/or hazardous. Most of these products are being made overseas (either partially or completely), and cannot measure up. Some of them don't even have the necessary E-value to be called a radiant barrier. These companies make these products knowing that most customers cannot properly test it to ensure they are getting what they paid for. In addition, most of these products will fail stringent corrosion testing, rendering them useless. Finally, if they are made of materials that are a fire hazard, or cause mold, they can be a hazard to homeowners.
RadiaSource™ radiant barrier is the most advanced, affordable radiant barrier product on the market. No radiant barrier product on the market today provides the effectiveness and longevity of RadiaSource™. RadiaSource™ includes:
- Patented oxidation protection shielding its low-e surface
- The highest in fire safety standards
- An unmatched tear strength
- Perforations to prevent mold
- Being 100% made in America
With RadiaSource™, customers have peace of mind knowing they are getting what they pay for. But how did this product come to be what it is today?
Although, this technology was known prior to the space program, NASA's use of it made it well known. When going into space, NASA used this thin reflective layer that protected astronauts and delicate equipment from the extremes of heat and cold outside the protective layers of the atmosphere.
The early Mercury and Gemini space suits from the sixties had a metallic look. They were wrapped in a heat shield called a radiant barrier that was visible on the outside of the suit. Later, NASA discovered that this reflective material could still be effective on the inside of the suit.
Some products emerging on the market after the space program were similar to the space blanket from the seventies that hikers used to carry. Some people still install it today in their homes, but this type of radiant barrier is flimsy. It can pull away from staples and tear during installation. In addition, these products can lose reflectivity over time.
Another generation included a scrim-reinforced aluminum foil radiant barrier. These products, without RadiaSource™ oxidation protection, will oxidize and lose effectiveness. More importantly is that these products are made of material that can present a serious fire hazard to homeowners.
Bubble wrap and foam filled radiant barrier products were created with a promise of R-value. However, this promise is sometimes used deceptively in order to sell the product. The R-value that bubble wrap or foam adds is so minimal, that it does not add any real advantage to its effectiveness. Remember, a radiant barrier is rated with E-value, not R-value. The rigidity of these products make them useful in some applications, and you will pay more for something that won't give you value in return.
These products, without RadiaSource™ oxidation protection, can have the same issues with losing reflectivity. They also can have the same fire safety issues. In addition, these products can develop mold in an attic because they are not perforated. Without perforations, the product does not have the ability to breathe, and can cause serious problems in attic blanket applications.
Fiberglass-filled foil is another product that emerged in the history of radiant barrier products. Again, these products offer the properties of radiant barrier with a misleading promise of adding high R-value. Many companies charge outlandish prices for these products with the false idea that they are delivering something more.