New Home – Radiant Floor Heat
“When I built my new home, I wanted to be sure I went the extra mile to properly insulate my home. Because my house is built on a mountainside, I wanted extra protection from the wind and cold and chose P2000 to insulate the exposed front wall of the house. That wall has proven to be the warmest wall in the house and I regret that I did not use it on the rest of the walls.
I have worked with other sheet insulation products, but P2000 really impressed me how easy it was to work with. Its seaming system seals sheets together tight and secure, blocking out the wind and cold. What an improvement over taping foam boards together.
As for its insulating performance, I am extremely pleased. I used P2000 to insulate under my radiant floor slab. The men that installed it commented how easy it was to work with because it sealed together and did not break when they walked on it. When the day came to start my in-floor heating system, my heating technician explained that the boiler would have to run 16-24 hours continuously to bring the slab up to temperature. When the boiler ran only 11-12 hours, we thought something was wrong – but everything was fine. P2000 insulation had made the difference and my heating technician was absolutely amazed. My home is approximately 1650 sq ft of ground floor area – and much of that are cathedral ceilings. We keep the temperature at about 25 degrees and the cost for heat and hot water for my family of 4 for the 2004-2005 heating season was approximately $1350.”
D. Scheiffer – Southampton, NS
“I insulated my pole-barn garage with P2000. Now my garage is much more comfortable to work – blocking out the wind and cold and I am heating more space and burning less oil. Because we turn off the heat in the garage overnight, I used to take my coffee pot in the house because on a cold night it would freeze and break. Since I installed P2000, I leave the coffee pot in the garage. I am very pleased with this product and will tell that to anyone who is interested to hear about it.”
Steve Gilbert – mechanic – Amherst, N.S.
“We installed P2000 on the ceiling and walls of our new barn. The white finish is bright and impresses everyone that sees the inside of the barn. The product was easy to install – we did not break a single sheet on the job – and because we were installing sheathing, insulation, vapour barrier and finish – all in one application – we know we saved a lot on installation costs. It keeps the building cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter – which we especially appreciate in our milking parlour.”
Walkerville Farms Ltd., Sussex, NB
“I was looking for a way to reduce the heat-loss from my hot tub – which we use all winter. I installed P2000 by pushing a sheet in, bending it around the inside of the box and taping it in place. It was flexible and quite easy to cut & fit. I know it is working when I don’t see any more snow melting on the ground around my hot tub.”
T. McCandless, Sussex, NB
“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