Like many great products we enjoy today, Radiant Barrier is a spinoff from NASA®. They weren't the first to discover the benefits of aluminum reflective insulation, but they certainly took it to the heights we see today. Since the late 1950's, when NASA first engineered Radiant Barrier to protect the astronauts from the extreme temperatures in space, it has been used on almost every single mission. It's still being used today by companies like SpaceX, Boeing and Virgin Galactic during private corporation space travel. As the applications for radiant barrier technology took off in space, they also took off on Earth. Reflective Insulations like Polyshield® are a proven science now available to everyone! We rely on them on the daily now. Read on to learn how they can help you lower your power bills!
Once Reflective Insulation technology was made available to the public domain, manufacturers across the world started incorporating the NASA-derived material in everything from fire suits, keeping our Marine Corp safe, to insulation for homes and buildings. It is also used in a lot of important products we use every day like your food wrappers, thermos, lunchbox, koozie, and even protective clothing. It would be hard to imagine life without this amazing super-insulator around. For years it has been the go-to in the packaging industry to significantly extend the shelf lives of perishable goods. It is now also a proven method to help us keep our homes and buildings more comfortable and energy efficient. Call us today or follow the link to see how Polyshield can help you!
Radiant Barrier is a Space Foundation Certified Space Technology™ and was inducted into the Space Technology Hall of Fame in 1996. Our Polyshield® Reflective Insulation is designed using the same NASA-based technology, reflecting up to 97% of radiant heat from affecting your home and causing inefficiency! With our FLIR® thermal imaging cameras, you can see how it works first-hand. We'll be happy to perform a free thermal imaging inspection at your convenience to show you how well your insulation is working. Call now for a live representative or email today to reserve a convenient time for you. Follow the link to read about the history of our innovative Reflective Insulation products. Schedule your free thermal imaging here.
Reflective Insulation like Polyshield is widely accepted. It's used in products we encounter everyday like coolers, snack foods, candy and medicine.
In the late 1950s Clark E. Beck, PE, of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio engineered the development of radiant barrier technology for the space program. NASA was trying to find a way to protect the astronauts during space walks from the extreme temperature fluctuations in space, ranging from -459 degrees Fahrenheit to +455 degrees Fahrenheit. They discovered that they would need a seven-foot-thick protective layer on the space suit if they attempted to use traditional insulation. Obviously, this was not a practical solution. Instead of using traditional to insulate the suits, they turned to reflective technology, using aluminum foil radiant barrier to solve the problem. NASA discovered this thin layer of aluminum worked much better than conventional insulation. The material provided a reflective surface that kept more than 95% of the radiant energy from ever reaching the interior of the space suit. They were able to maintain constant, comfortable temperatures inside the space suit by reflecting the heat of their own body back at the astronauts to keep them warm, while at the same time reflect the deadly radiation from the sun (radiant heat) out of the space suit to keep them cool.
Radiant barrier has been in use by NASA since the Gemini and Apollo missions. This insulation technology was the key element of the environment control system that allowed Apollo astronauts to work inside the Command Module wearing just their T-shirts, rather than bulky space suits. Since those first missions, radiant barrier has been used on virtually all spacecraft, including unmanned missions where instruments required thermal protection. Just to name a few, this includes the James Webb Space Telescope and Skylab. It is still being used today by companies like SpaceX, Boeing and Virgin Galactic during their private endeavors of space travel. Radiant Barrier is a Space Foundation Certified Space Technology™ and was inducted into the Space Technology Hall of Fame in 1996.
While radiant barriers have been around for longer than most people realize, the road to mainstream acceptance was not an easy one. The growth of the industry was faced with many challenges based on entrenched corporate interests and pushback from traditional mass insulation manufactures of fiberglass, cellulose and rock wool. These multi-billion-dollar corporations recognized the increasing popularity of radiant barriers and the highly competitive threat to their own products. Through lobbyists backed by their deep pockets, they launched industrial association campaigns to hinder the development and acceptance of radiant barriers in the marketplace. Although the reflective insulation industry is now stronger than ever, this crusade is still going on today. However, with the determination of energy-efficient focused engineers, architects, builders and the reflective insulation industry itself, this technology is here to stay. Our partners at Radiant Barrier USA are at the forefront of this movement. Together with them, we are committed to changing the way the world see's insulation!
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