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If you go the Better Business Bureau website you can see that the company has only had two complaints in the last 18 months and that they have both been resolved.  The company has an A+ rating.  This is not something you can buy.

 

There are genuine reviews on many 3rd party online review sites including AngiesList and the Better Business Bureau.  Simply do a Google search for "Smart Energy Today Reviews".

 

Sol Blanket Insulation acts as a radiant barrier, insulation and a vapor barrier.  It is not intended to replace traditional insulation but in fact compliments it and adds to it's ability to keep cool/hot air (depending on the season) in the home when the envelope of the home is properly sealed.  

 

Every attic is different and there are many other components that must be considered.  You mentioned an attic fan as well.  The heat that is radiated away from the ceiling by the Sol-Blanket Insulation is pushed out of the attic with an attic fan.  The US Department of Energy states that radiant barriers do work and suggest they be installed by professionals.

 

As with any product by any company if the product is not installed properly and other factors (attic fan, caulking and sealing, etc...) are not addressed then it will not be as effective.

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A couple of comments about what Jim said:

1) Regarding type of insulation, in cold winter environments: Cellulose and fiberglass are actually about comparable in R value when installed - blown in cellulose runs from 3.2-3.8 R value, fiberglass batt 2.9-4.3 R value depending on manufacturer and whether hig-density or low density, high-efficiency or standard, according to official Department of Energy publications. Measured values in attic test cases, in areas with a true winter, after 10 years showed a decrease from 3.4 (in the test case) down to 2.1 for cellulose, and 3.5 to 3.3 for fiberglass batt, due to packing or matting. In an attic environment, there WILL be condensation or frost on the insulation at some point during the year (assuming an area with true winters) and in highly insulated houses commonly for a substantial time period each winter. Fiberglass packs down slightly from that weight but mostly rebounds, cellulose packs down and mats and does not substantially recover, so over the years cellulose loses 1/3 to close to 1/2 its insulation value, fiberglass about 10%.

2) a note on radiation barriers attached to the bottom of the rafters - there are a lot of installers and homeowners making two major mistakes with this product that can cause major trouble: First, be sure to terminate it short of the eave openings. I have seen cases where it was carried all the way out to the fascia board, thereby blocking all airflow on the underside of the roof. Even carrying it all the way to the eaves along the bottom of the rafters will block off ventilation to the main attic area. You have to leave the air space between the rafters open to full airflow from the soffit/eave area ot the ridge vent. Second, do NOT run it continuous from eave to eave across the full width of the attic - leave a gap about a foot wide under the ridge vents so warm and moist air in the attic can vent through the ridge vent. Closing the ridge vent area off with the radiant barrier effectively puts a vapor barrier around the main attic area, causing retention of the moisture which WILL accumulate there, promoting mold.

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Obviously this is not a timely response to the initial question. However, for those who may be reading these answers at a later time, a couple of added thoughts:

1) the radiant barrier being discussed is basically heavy-duty metal foil or metallized surface on a plastic sheet, intended to reflect RADIATED heat (infrared radiation - think heat light, or heat you can feel at a distance radiated from a fireplace), the same way a mirror reflects light. Radiated heat is how a standard oven broils and how steam and hot water baseboard heat predominately work.

2) you generally should do NOT place a radiant barrier over the insulation that lies between and over the joists in a normal attic, especially in a region where the attic temperature can frequently reach condensation temperature (below about 45-50 degrees) - it may reflect back some of the house heat that is coming up from the house, but by destroying most of the temperature gradient from the house to the attic air destroys much of the driving force that moves moisture to the attic air and subsequent venting. Between that greater heat and the fact the barrier is also a moisture barrier, that makes a perfect condition for mold and rot in your insulation and attic wood, and has become quite an issue in energy upgraded homes because of retrofits that cut off airflow outside the insulation, but do not cut off the moisture source leaking thorough from the house. The proper and ONLY place for a vapor barrier in a normal attic insulation system is on the pressurized and normal warm, humid side of the insulation zone - directly above the ceiling drywall in the top floor, fastened to the UNDERSIDE of the ceiling joists or trusses, NOT anywhere above that. Perforated barriers are supposed to reduce this tendency, but the perforation area percentage is so small that typically they still act as a vapor varrier, just not a totally effective one.

3) radiant barriers reflect radiated heat ewith up to 99% efficiency but have basically zero resistance to CONDUCTION (body to body heat transfer at points of contact - think heat transfer from your warm hand to a frozen cold drink can, or hot pavement heat transfer to the bottom of your feet) - so there needs to be an air gap between the radiant barrier and the hot item passing the heat to it, otherwise the heat will just pass through it by conduction. Therefore, applying it directly to the sheathing (above or below) or manufacturing it directly on the surface of the sheathing defeats its purpose, even though this is commonly done.

4) there is a lot of discussion, particularly in the professional design community, about attic radiant heat barrier effectiveness and problems. Because they are being installed on the bottom of the sheathing or underside of roof joists, they act as a heat trap for the energy being conducted through the roof which would normally radiate into the attic air or be transferred by CONVECTION (fluid flow heat transfer) to the attic air, and be vented through roof vents, ridge vents, gable vents, etc. By trapping that heat, they are causing the underside of the shingles and particularly the felt and sheathing to get a lot hotter than they otherside would, essentially changing it from a system where the shingle top surface might reach 120-180 F and the inside surface of the sheathing about 80-140F in the summer, to making the entire roof system equal to the outside surface temperature. This causes more rapid shingle deterioration and cracking, and makes the felt or plastic moisture barrier under the shingles brittle and subject to failure.

Also, any moisture above the radiant barrier (from roof leaks or humid air coming into the area) is prevented from evaporating by the attic airflow which would normally remove it, so it starts acting like a steamer. I have seen both wood and metal lofts and attics become a major mold farm in months because of this effect, and a couple of roofs which started sagging due to rotted sheathing within 2 years of reroofing with tightly adhered radiant barrier. Some radiant barriers are vapor-permeable to reduce the moisture issue, many are not, but few actually are effective in letting moisture freely escape.

Having seen these products in use, and having analyzed and specified building products for use from the Middle East to the Arctic for decades, and having a Masters in Arctic Engineering (a degree predominately in energy conservation and heat flow), my personal opinion is that these radiant barriers will be banned by code within 10-15 years for unheated (so-called "cold" roofs) roofs, because they just do not use the principles of thermodynamics correctly. For more info on this issue Google the following search phrase  - moisture trapping by radiant attic barriers       and read the government (not the manufacturer) literature on the issue.

5) Unfortunately, the right way to handle this issue is to put the radiant surface on the OUTSIDE of the house - by using reflective materials on the roofing material. This is already done with flat roofs, house trailers, and industrial structures by spraying with alumiunum paint, and a few brands offer reflective aggregate shingles that are slightly more reflective and radiant than normal shingles. People obviously do not like this reflective surface from an aesthetic standpoint, though with solar cells coming into more general use this may soon be more widely adopted. The idea should be to keep the solar energy from penetrating into the building envelope at all, not try to re-reflect it away after it has penetrated throguh the roof system.

The sprayed-in foam has a couple of issues you need to be aware of:

6) it needs to be the low-pressure expanding type mixed for use around window frames, as fully expanding foam can bow joists or trusses and pop drywall ceilings free as it expands, and non-expanding foam actually shrinks as it cures, leaving gaps for air and heat flow alongside the ceiling joists.

7) being closed-cell it is essentially impervious to moisture, so the vapor barrier on the house side has to be EXCELLENT (incuding sealingof all penetrations), or it will trap household moisture escaping into the attic and promote mold and rot in the ceiling drywall and joists.

8) it tends to bleed chemical fumes into the house for a long period of time (can be noticeable for years), which may be objectionable to some people from an odor or environmental standpoint, and especially should be considered if any residents have severe allergy issues or respiratory problems.

9) I emphatically recommend AGAINST use of sprayed-in foam between ceiling joists or truss members in any area that can have cold attic air that could cause moisture condensation in the insulation, though this is probably not a significant problem where you live, assuming your Dallas is the city in Texas. For essentially year-around air-conditioned homes in hot climates, the problem can actually be condensation of attic air moisture on and in the colder ceiling surface insulation and on cold attic runs of air conditioned air, so attic ventilation becomes a critical issue to remove the moisture before it condenses.

In summary, having seen an awful lot of attic moisture and thermal problems, my personal recommendation would be to ensure excellent sealing of the house from the attic, use normal UNFACED fiberglass insulation, and instead of a radiant barrier ensure adequate full-attic ventilation. If you decide to got with a radiant barrier, then I would recommend a perforated one, sloping up towards the sides a foot or two and stopping a foot or so clear at the sides so moist air under it can escape to the roof joist spaces and be vented from the attic. I have seen this done several times with a fine nylon net strung above the insulation in the attic, supporting the barrier, resulting in something very similar to the double-roof system used in bedouin tents, where airflow between the two layers keep the hot air away from the living space.

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Steve made a good point.  Also, while it isn't required to remove the old insulation you can check the ductwork, wiring, etc. with the old stuff removed,  You can also spray foam around all openings and holes in wall top plates to better seal your home as Steve was pointing out.  My concern is the potential for mold spores you mentioned in your question.  If you suspect there are any get a good company in to remove the old and clean the attic.  Another concern is asbestos.  Your home is old enough you could have it in there and that's worse than mold if released into the air.

Todd Shell
Todd's Home Services
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A moisture barrier has to be on the warm side ie towards the heated side.  Most people would not install a moisture barrier in your situation.  (They also sell a paint that you can use on your interior ceiling? as a moisture barrier).  Rather most homeowners would hire an insulation contractor to blow a cap over the existing insulation bringing it up to your areas reccomended levels,,Your power company can tell you the level, I would guess R 40.  What you use is up to your wallet, the best is a spray foam that can be applied to the ceiling or over the whole shebang.  Being a bit of a miser I would trot on down to my local big box store and buy a truckload of cellulose and get a free blower for I and a friend to self insulte.  Big box= Menards, Lowes etc.  Cellulose= ground up paper treated with boron for insect control and fireproofing.  It has a high R value and will stop moving air loss from the home. Before you cap current mostly emply attic is ideal time to take sealant to any openings in the attic floor,  like pocket doors, canister lights electircal wires and close off the air leaks from inside.  If foaming skip this.  Hot air rises so you save yourself a ton air sealing the home.

An attic radiant barrier is also a possiblity see my blog for nifty results on it.

Jim Casper Old Energy Conservation Guru

ps moving existing insulation use a plastic rake

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We had an excellent experience with
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, did was excellent in how it considered the big picture of building performance (not just "add deeper insulation" as our home inspector had suggested when we bought the house, which we learned would have been a waste without first doing a vapor
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helped us identify the "biggest bang for the buck" areas to focus our resources on, and which areas not to bother with in our particular situation. We had a lot of questions and
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was very responsive, thoughtful, and helpful each time. He worked with us to adjust the plans as needed when we discovered other house issues that impacted the work. The work crew took 4 days instead of the anticipated 3 to complete the project, but the price stayed the same. We were impressed with the thoroughness and quality of their work, the attention to detail, and the fact that they didn't skimp and rush through like some contractors do. Everything was done as well or better than we expected, and the crew cleaned up well and was very respectful and polite of our space, belongings, and time. We were pleasantly surprised at the final evaluation to find that the project had reduced our home's "leakiness" by 50% (even though the initial model had predicted they could only reduce it by 30%.) This has been a great project for us and we recommend
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as project manager, to anyone looking to understand their home's energy issues and figure out how to direct their investments towards improvements.
- Heather G.
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My house always had problems cooling off during the summer months. After finally being fed up with expensive electricity bills I decided to do something about it. I spoke to my brother and he recommended
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siting their expertise in ac and insulation. I gave
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a call and within a couple hours
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was at my house explaining what I needed to do to fix my problems. I now have an installation date and can't wait for my house to feel better and start reaping the benefits of cheaper electric bills. Thanks
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Sidenote : my in stallion is scheduled for 7/31/2015 I will give u guys an update on the work it's done, I have no reason to believe it will be anything short of amazing just as everything has been. Thanks


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Located
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and he set up for the job on Monday, the 27th.
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called me on the 24th to advise that he had equipment problems and would have to reschedule for the 29th. He arrived as rescheduled and he and his coworker immediately went to work.
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began blowing the insulation, he noted that one of the ducts was leaking. He immediately performed thorough repairs to the duct, repairs that an air conditioning company had assured me a few months earlier had been taken care of but apparently was not. I was surprised to see that
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installed "rulers" throughout the attic to show the depth of the insulation. Enlightening to say the least.
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then installed the soffits around the exterior and performed a thorough and complete clean of his work area. I was completely satisfied with the work that
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- Harry E.
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This was the second company I had come for an estimate. The first company had an estimator that went into the
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came the same day and the estimator suited up and spent 20 minutes down there. Measured himself and spent time explaining other things he noticed while in the
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Every interaction with the office was great. The technician arrived on time and did a fantastic job as well as showing me things he found under the house. Cleaned up outside very nicely and instead of using foam spray on areas he found small holes, he used cement. Nice job!
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- Teddi C P.
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It started off great and I was really impressed with how professional and knowledgeable they were. They removed our old insulation however, they did not use any sort of ventilation nor did they warned us about inflation fibers becoming airborne in our house. My daughter had a severe respiratory allergic reaction and had to be rushed to the hospital. She had no prior problems with her respiratory system. I was informed by the doctor and other sources that it is customary to make a tunnel from the extraction point to the door in order to prevent this from happening as well as to use a ventilation system to movie fibers out of the house. When I approach them about the problem they were sympathetic, but offered it no recourse and not once did anyone ask how my daughter was doing. They we're unapologetic and didn't even offer to discount us the cost of our medical bills incurred because of this invident.
- Susan H.
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Has not contacted me after initial visit to just look in my attic. I was told that the work would be completed within the week. it is now over a month and no contact. Not sure how people do business like this. Take someone's money then no call and no service. I am the customer. I should not have to track down the company to come out and complete the work. I want the money refunded. period. This is not how I expect to be treated by a company that is rated this high on Angie's List. A
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- Patrick G.
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Excellent! Quality work, polite, courteous, arrived on time, cleaned up and worked efficiently. Work completed quickly and same day.
- Gary & Laurie A.
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Back in March,
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did an energy audit that yielded several issues. One was a major air leakage in the kitchen and downstairs Master bedroom. They came last week and cut open two large holes in the ceilings and sealed the entire area with rigid foam board and repaired the ceiling with new blueboard.
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has a deep understanding of building science and his attention to detail is quite evident. Cutting open ceilings can be messy but they rigged up plastic tarps from floor to ceiling to minimize the spreading of any dust or debris. The clean up work was so good, you would not have known they had been there. They will be back in the fall to do air sealing in the attic. If you have any insulation related issues, I highly recommend you give them a call.
- Robert P.

Insulation Contractors in Amarillo, TX

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2R Construction

3306 Patterson Dr
Amarillo

3 Kings Roofing & Contracting

200 Rancho Vista Ct
Aledo

Ace Pest Control

P.O. Box 31568
Amarillo

AFFORDABLE INSULATION

6903 SILVERBELL LN
Amarillo

American Home Shield

889 Ridge Lake Blvd

ASAP Windows & Siding

6401 Burnet Ln
Austin

Audrain Heating and Cooling

502 W Braodway
Fritch

Backwoods Wildlife Control

500 South 15th Street

BOB'S HEATING & AIR COND

1302 E PARK AVE
Hereford

Buford Roofing & Construction

402 E Northwest Hwy
Grapevine

Centex Residential Services

W HWY 190
Copperas Cove

Construction Concepts of Texas,Ltd.

1902 N Midland Dr
Midland

Custom Masonry

6215 Cool Springs Dr
Arlington

Cyber Bridge Marine, Inc.

209 S. Stephanie St

DavidSon Remodeling

8124 SE 89th St

Dial One Service

911 Carlsbad
Mesquite

Dr. Energy Saver by STX Green Energy

13701 Hycohen Rd, mailbox 59
Houston

Enertek Efficiency Services LLC

11805 Interstate 27
Amarillo

Enviro-Tech Insulation LLC

205 P.R. 3902D #118
Mount Enterprise

Exterior Touch Inc.

12610 Waverly RD.

GALE INSULATION

6500 S WASHINGTON ST
Amarillo

Gary's Heating & AC Inc

2505 SW 7th Ave
Amarillo

Grizzle Heating & Air

112 N 15TH ST
Canyon

Guardian Chimney Sweep

9836 Finch Ct
Conroe

H & P Construction

RR 2 Box 394

Hammons and Associates Inc.

17160 Rogers Rd.
New Waverly

Heritage Moving & Storage LLC

13709 Topper Cir
San Antonio

HIGH PLAINS INSULATION CO INC

409 N GARFIELD ST
Amarillo

Hooten's Hardware

Hwy 69 N
Emory

J Ferg Roofing & Foam

7617 Canyon Drive
Amarillo

LA GRANGE ROOFING

1135 N Von Minden St
La Grange

Marant Construction Inc

1200 Lamar St
Wichita Falls

Newspray, LLC DBA Texas Home Improvement

1702 Minters Chapel
Grapevine

NORTHWEST SCAFFOLD& INSULATION

6654 CANYON DR
Amarillo

PAUL BLAKE ROOFING & CONSTR

1501 4TH AVE
Canyon

Pbconstruction

2152 Cr 4817
Athens

Pierce Pest Control

4305 lady Elaine
Nacogdoches

Quality Services

2709 Hwy 176

Rite Construction Services-East Texas

2426 E. State Hwy 7
Nacogdoches

RITE WAY INSULATION

342 PARKS CIR
Lufkin

Rockin' D Services

164 Wood Farm Rd
Huntsville

Roofing USA

3600 Osuna Rd. NE

Soundrite-Acoustics, Inc.

209 S. Stephanie Street

STAR EFFICIENCY SVC

320 W WILLOW CREEK DR
Amarillo

Superior Home Insulation

1619 Spruce St
Texarkana

T & N Insulation

111 Meadowview Ln
Kerrville

T Rock Roofing & Construction

9330 LBJ Freeway
Dallas

Terminix - Texarkana

1625 N Bishop Rd
Texarkana

The Spirit Foundation

1925 rutland dr
Austin

Thermo Dynamic Insulation

3433 Plains Blvd
Amarillo

Thermo Dynamic Insulation

8605 N FM 400
Idalou

Trusted Restore

12407 N MOPAC
Austin

Turnkey Roofing

626 N Main St

Vincent's Roofing & Steel Bldg

7000 S US Hwy 77
La Grange

WALLIS CONSTRUCTION

5137 ROYCE DR
Amarillo

Warmzone

12637 S 265 W Suite 100

Wright's Air Conditioning, Inc.

3935 Hwy 34 South
Greenville

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