“Last fall I tore down the ceiling of our garage in our then 4 year old home. The reason was to correct a problem we were having with heating the living space above during the cold weather months. The problem was so severe the furnace would sometimes run continuously all day in an attempt to try to heat the area.
The garage is unheated but the floor of the ensuite located above is heated with hydronic in-joist radiant heating tubes. The heating system was simply inadequate to overcome the extreme heat loss caused by inadequate insulation practices. Once we exposed the structure from below, we discovered why we were having so many problems with frozen pipes and a room that was almost inhabitable on cold windy winter days.
The insulation was fiberglass with no reflective barrier at all. After all, how could a radiant heating system work properly if all the heat was radiating down and into the cold garage below? We pulled out all the useless fibrous fill and installed proper insulation. We used the P2000 1 ½” EPS with reflective foil skin on both faces. We sealed off all the ends and sides with foil tape. We then reinstalled the drywall ceiling.
Winter inevitably came and the results were astounding. Our furnace ran with normal frequency and the ensuite floor was always warm no matter how hard the cold wind howled outside. From January 1 to March 1 2005 we used about 1700 litres of oil. For the same time period in 2006 we used only 1300 litres. Incredible! Granted ‘06 was a milder winter, but not that much warmer. At current oil prices we saved ourselves almost $300 in oil costs! Our little project cost us $600 in total so it will pay for itself by the end of this winter and the best part is the comfort of the room. We used to not even bother trying to take baths in our soaker tub because the floor below was so cold it just drained all the heat from the warm water before we had a chance to use it. Now, we instantly feel the warmth of our floor when the heat goes on and it stays warm for a long time no matter what how cold it is outside.
I would personally recommend the P2000 insulation to anybody who is concerned about energy conservation. It really works!!”
G. McPherson – Halifax, NS
“I was doing some improvements to my small stable building where I keep my 2 horses. I had heard about P2000 and liked the idea of insulating the ceiling and getting a bright and washable finish in one application. The product went on very easy, but after a couple days, I found it was too warm for the horses. Since the building had no heat in it, apart from the horses, I installed a thermostat-controlled exhaust fan keep the stable from getting too warm. I used some of the trimmings from the ceiling to try to solve another cold problem in the building – my water pipes. I made a box around the pipes and the water pipes did not freeze once all winter.”
B. Booth – Southampton NS
”I am doing extensive renovations to my home and I chose P2000 for a couple specific insulating challenges – vaulted ceilings and cold floors. I found the product easy to work with and am impressed how it works. I realized how well this works quite by accident when my cat damaged the liner to our basement cold-room door. When I repaired the door, I decided to use P2000 instead of the batting that had been there for years. The next day, the cold-room was several degrees cooler. A small change made a BIG difference.”
R. Long Penobsquis N.B.
“I am writing to share with you my experience with P2000 Insulation. I was building a new office for my heating service business and heard about P2000 Insulation at the Spring Home Show in Saint John, NB in 2006. Last fall, we completed our building and are happy we used P2000 for the project. Our building is 32’ x 40’ with two full floors with the bottom floor being used for our showroom and reception area with a private office, kitchen, and bathroom area. The upstairs area has a bedroom and private office area – but most of the space is open and used for parts, tools and inventory.
The building is extremely easy to heat. Our showroom has a demo forced air furnace (not connected to ductwork) that heats the downstairs area extremely quickly. The upstairs area – which we kept slightly cooler – is heated with just the heat that we allow to drift up the back stairway. Apart from a small electric space-heater (1500 watts) in the bedroom (10’ x 22’) to keep it warmer, there is no other source of heat in this building.
When the colder weather came, it seemed like it was working well. The building was warm and tight – with no sign of drafts. The furnace seems to be running infrequently, but the real test would be the cost of heating oil – so I waited for the fill-ups to calculate the heating cost. The tank was filled on December 6th and not filled again till January 27th. During that period, we used a daily average of 10.25 litres at a cost of $7.40/day. The tank was not filled again till January 27 and until the next fill on March 27th, we averaged 9.67 litres/day at a cost (after the price increase in furnace oil) of $7.71/day. That means that I was spending approximately $225 per month to heat 2,560 square feet.
We installed 1” of P2000 to the exterior walls the entire building. P2000 3/8” was applied to the ceilings downstairs and the 1” to the ceilings upstairs. There is no other insulation. The walls downstairs were finished with sheetrock – right over the studs with empty cavities and for the ceilings, we applied sheetrock directly over the P2000. On the exterior, vinyl siding was applied directly over the P2000 and nailed into the studs.
I am extremely pleased that we decided to use P2000 on this building. This building project has completely convinced me that P2000 is an amazing insulation product and I am already recommending it to others.”
Hazen Cooke, Cooke’s Heating – Hampton, N.B
“I have a woodstove in my basement and installed P2000 to cover an exposed rock-wall foundation (from the inside). What an amazing difference! Not only is the basement much warmer, and the house much easier to keep warm overall, I find that I am using less wood to keep my house more comfortable.”
D. Beckett, Sussex, NB