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Old 06-06-2007, 11:17 AM   #21
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OK -- so we know that short-wave radiation (sunlight, etc.) reflects differenty on given surfaces than does long-wave (warm body radiation). This is the whole point of things like low-E windows. So, does a foil/bubble material inhibit long-wave radiation as much as it does short-wave? I imagine that the foil is for short, the bubbles for long, but do we really know the performance differential?

I ask because I'll soon be moving my Airstream home to Central Colorado, where we have approximately zero cooling degree-days and an incalculable number of heating degree-days. Radiant gain from ol' Sol, even in August, would be quite welcome, while preventing body heat from escaping is crucial to survival when it's 40-70 below.

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Old 06-06-2007, 08:42 PM   #22
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Here is one trailer living in Colorado that was restored using two layers of foil for insulation. Obviously it is not an airstream but it does indicate that there is one restoration company that thinks that foil is a good idea in cold climates. Besides it is fun to look at the other projects that these folks have done too.

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