RESIDENTIAL ENERGY SAVING ATTIC ACCESS INSULATION PRODUCTS
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What is the Seal N Shield® (Patent Pending) ?
The Seal N Shield® Attic Stair Insulator patent# D586,473(Other Patents Pending) is the latest energy saving attic access invention to save homeowners on their heating and air conditioning energy bills. It is mounted in the framework directly above the pull down folding stairway to prevent hot air from escaping in the winter and keep hot air out in the summer.
If your home has a pull down ladder, knee-wall (short) door or an access hatch door to the attic for storage, then you need the Seal N Shield® Attic Stair Insulator.
The Department of Energy recommends specific R-Values for the walls, floors, and attic for your region of the country. The amount of energy saved will depend on how often you use the attic access areas in your home and the weather patterns in your area. The colder or hotter the environment is outside of your home, the more you will save with the Seal N Shield® Attic Stair Insulator. The size, location, and type of access you have in your home will determine how much you can save with the Seal N Shield® Attic Stair Insulator or Attic Door Insulator.
What is the R-Value of Seal N Shield®?
Have you ever wondered why most foods are packaged in an aluminum wrapper or bag? It not only creates a vapor barrier, but also reflects the radiant heat that may damage the food or in the case of chocolate helps prevent melting prior to the consumer opening the package.
A 1/4" piece of foil-foam-foil has an effective R-Value of 13+ in a ceiling application. 3" of fiberglass has an R-11, and 6" is an R-19.
R-Value is a misleading number. R-Value only measures CONDUCTIVE HEAT (heat by physical contact), but remember, 90% of all summer heat gain and 75% of all winter heat loss comes from RADIANT HEAT -- heat that's transmitted from a heat source and moves through the air.
Since heat from the sun can overheat a building in the summer, and heat from a heater can escape a building in the winter, it makes sense to have an insulation that will actually block the heat, rather than slow it down.
This is why Seal N Shield® material works better than regular bulk insulation. When you're trying to keep heat out in the summer, or inside in the winter, fiberglass and foam just won't do it as well as the Seal N Shield® material. This is why R-Value is not always a good indicator of how well insulation works.
Even though the Seal N Shield® has a lower conductive R-Value than 6" of fiberglass, it performs better because it is made to stop radiant heat which increases the effective R-Value. Fiberglass does not stop radiant heat and is also affected by convective air currents.
Most energy is lost through windows and attic access openings in residential homes. Pull-down ladders usually have a thin layer of insulation or none at all. They are usually not sealed very well and tend to warp over time. The Seal N Shield Shield® Attic Stair Insulator combats this problem by sealing around the access opening on the attic side to prevent heat loss and/or heat gain from your home. The Seal N Shield® Attic Stair Insulator corrects both deficiencies while also resisting radiant heat with a heat shield barrier on the top of the unit to make it even more effective.
According to the Department of Energy for a typical home your heating and air conditioning costs can be as much as 45% of your home energy costs.
What is the effect of attic pull-down ladders, knee-wall access and hatch access doors on my family?
First, you lose a lot of comfort in your home. These breaks in your insulation cause air to move and escape when it shouldn’t and create drafts and a deviation in the temperature in your home. The rooms near these attic access panels are usually hotter in the summer and colder in the winter.
Secondly, this causes your furnace and air conditioner to work harder and consume much more energy. You pay for this wasted energy, and your air conditioner and/or furnace may require replacement because of this added usage.
You can, however if you do, it does not seal the unit from leaks and every time you open the unit to store or remove materials, the fiberglass insulation will need to be moved. Movement of the insulation creates dust and small particles of insulation to be released in the air where it will create a hazardous environmental that may affect your health.
When the The Seal N Shield® Attic Stair insulator or Attic Door Insulator is installed, you will begin saving on your costs immediately along with other benefits such as more comfortable areas where the attic access openings are located.
All of the Seal N Shield® products are very simple to install and it takes less than 10 minutes to complete the installation. The Seal N Shield® Attic Stair insulator or Attic Door Insulator comes complete and requires the use of a small tube of caulking available from a local home improvement store.
Yes, the Seal N Shield® Attic Stair Insulator is durable and has been tested in homes nationally for ease of use and the ability to withstand excessive use and showed no signs of deterioration. The Seal N Shield® Attic Stair Insulator is made of the one of the safest materials on earth. It is manufactured using steam and vacuum, is environmentally safe. It is made of polyethylene foam material similar to the insulation in your picnic coolers. The core is covered on both sides with a reflective barrier made of aluminum foil and has an industrial zipper.
You should contact a local handyman or general contractor. Decide where you want the pull down ladder located. Call us to make sure that the brand name and model that interests you is compatible with the Seal N Shield®Attic Stair Insulator. You will be able to get your pull down ladder installed along with the Seal N Shield® Attic Stair Insulator at the same time.
Heat loss is a result of conduction, convection and radiation. Heat tends to travel from a warm area to a cool one.
The Seal N Shield Attic Stair Insulator fights all three potential heat loss factors with its unique, sealing, radiant barrier, and high insulating value.
What does the ENERGY STAR logo mean?
ENERGY Star® was created to help consumers easily identify products, homes, and buildings that save money, and help protect the environment. As the government-backed, trusted symbol for efficiency, the ENERGY Star label identifies highly efficient products and designates superior Energy performance in homes and buildings. With ENERGY Star, money isn’t all you’re saving—you are also making a difference in protecting the environment.
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