As I sit here, dutifully watching my son’s hockey team practice, I can’t help but long for the tropics.  Right now I’d give anything for some specialized gloves that kept my fingers warm but nimble so that I could continue typing.  I may even have the beginning stage of frostbite.

Okay, so I may be a little dramatic.  But it sure is cold in this building.  I understand the floor surface needs to stay cold to keep the ice intact, but surely someone could engineer a system which allowed people in the stands to be a little more comfortable.  We just installed radiant barrier insulation in our home attic and from what I’ve learned about the product, it could do wonders inside this corrugated metal building.

See, radiant barrier is a product engineered from highly reflective aluminum, 99% pure.  Unlike aluminum kitchen foil (which tears easily), radiant barrier contains an inner layer of polyester woven to form a scrim.  The inner layer makes the material easy to handle and helps give it body when installed.

In traditional attics, there are two places to install radiant barrier insulation.  One is over existing mass insulation and the other is along the rafters.  Both serve to block out radiant heat from passing into cooler air spaces.  In the floor application, it keeps the warm air from your HVAC system inside the living spaces of your home (as in winter).  When used on the rafters, it keeps radiant heat from the sun from entering your home during the winter, a process which effectively increases the efficiency of your air conditioning unit.  Both applications save you money in energy bills.

I think if this ice arena had radiant barrier insulation sandwiched between the inner and outer metal wall panels, it would be a lot more comfortable for fans.

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