Homeowners in the Southern California desert areas such as the Inland Empire have a unique set of challenges when it come to making their homes as energy efficient as possible.  Excessive temperatures and the architecture of desert homes create multi-level insulation issues that need to be addressed through a variety of solutions. We have a way to deliver an energy efficient desert home.

A Desert Home Energy Challenge

In 2015, ReHome Solutions met with a couple -Mr. & Mrs. Fletcher- who have a vacation home in a Palm Desert residential community.  Both Mr. & Mrs. Fletcher built their careers working for a major utility company here in Southern California and are committed to finding ways to decrease energy usage and minimize their carbon footprint on the planet.

They initially called ReHome Solutions in search of insulation solutions. Their main concerns were a desire to decrease their energy usage and insulating their home against radiant heat coming into the home.

Mr. Fletcher describes summer in Palm Desert as “relentless” with days and days where the temperature stays above 90 degrees. Prior to meeting with the Fletchers, Mr. Fletcher had already measured the roof and ceiling temperatures. On an average summer day, the roof temperatures were as high as 160 to 170 degrees, with attic temps around 140 degrees and ceiling temperatures measuring 95 degrees. The rooms on the South and East side of the home also heated up in the afternoon. The radiant heat from the sun was entering through the roof and walls and into the home.

Part of the challenge was that areas of the home had high vaulted ceilings, while other areas had a flat roof, and some areas had little to no attic space.  Traditional attic insulation alone would not solve this problem. This job would require a multi-level energy efficiency strategy to effectively lower the heat in the home.

The Energy Efficiency Solution

Here are the steps taken to make this desert home energy efficient:

  • In the attic areas, Owens Corning L-77 insulation was blown in to the measure of R-38.
  • Radiant Barrier was added to over 1200 SF of the attic space to help reflect radiant heat that was coming through the roof.
  • Since wall insulation was not required by building codes when their home was built, wall insulation was added on the South and East facing walls that received the worst of the afternoon sun.
  • The second phase of the project, Metacrylics, a reflective cool roof coating, was applied on the roof. The Fletchers had the standard white coated gravel roof as other homes in the community, but it required maintenance every three years or so. The Metacrylics application not only provided insulation to the home, it also resolved the continued maintenance problem as this product can offer up to a 30-year warranty depending on it’s application.

What were the results of these efforts? In the heat of the day, the roof temperature was decreased by 30-50 degrees, attic temps decreased, and ceiling temps were decreased by nearly 15 degrees.  Overall, the home temperatures are more moderate, and the air conditioning does not have to be turned on until late in the day.

Can You Have an Energy Efficient Desert Home?

With the more manageable temperatures, the Fletcher’s were also able to reduce the size of their air conditioning unit.  In total, the decrease in power usage in the home went from 75-kilowatt usage per day to approximately 40-45 kilowatt usage per day. That’s up to 40% less energy usage every day!

The Fletchers were so pleased with the results, they have referred other customers from their desert community and the list continues to grow. In the last two years ReHome Solutions has helped dozens of homeowners with their energy efficiency needs. By providing a comprehensive strategy of attic and wall insulation, radiant barrier and Metacrylic cool roof systems, ReHome Solutions is helping to cool homes across the Southern California desert.

Reflective insulation technology is finding its way into California homes to help homeowner’s fight rising energy costs and create a more comfortable environment. This technology is truly out of this world, but don’t worry – it’s NASA approved!

History of Reflective Insulation Technology

The technology has actually been around for nearly a century, but it got its big break in the 1950’s when MIT and NASA collaborated to develop a light-weight, flexible reflective insulation that could be used for space suits and satellites to protect against the extreme heat and cold temperatures found in space.

It is this collaboration from which Reflective Radiant Barrier was developed and is now used in homes and commercial properties around the world to increase energy efficiency.  It is a cost effective, long-term product that can have impressive results in cutting back your energy bills.

You have probably seen this technology used in day to day items. It’s the shiny foil layer that is used on the inside of thermos bottles or potato chip bags, silver car visors or Mylar blankets.

Its main purpose is to reflect radiant heat that travels through space. For example, a car visor will help keep a car cooler because it reflects the heat back out the windshield.  The military uses Mylar blankets for soldiers in desert zones to reflect heat away from an individual or in the cold to reflect body heat back to the individual.

What is Radiant Heat?

Radiant heat is the biggest form of energy gain or loss in the home.  In the summer, reflective insulation reflects heat that travels from the sun and into your attic, therefore keeping the attic and home cooler. In the winter as heat tries to escape from the home up through the attic, radiant barrier will reflect the heat back through the insulation and into the home, keeping the home warmer.

Radiant Barrier is most effective in the summertime as 70% of our heat gain in summer is radiant heat.  During the summers in Southern California your attic space can heat up to 140 to 150 degrees as radiant heat from the sun travels through the roof.  Proper application of Radiant Barrier can result in an attic space that is 20 to 30 degrees cooler and the interior of a home being 3-5 degrees cooler in the summer.

Studies have shown that with the right Radiant Barrier application, the AC unit can run 10 to 20 percent less than without the use of radiant barrier.  Since radiant barrier cools the attic space, AC duct work that is in the attic will not have to battle extreme heat in the attic and therefore will result in lower energy bills, in the extended life of the AC unit, and less maintenance.

In the winter, there is a 40 to 50 percent radiant heat loss through the attic. Radiant Barrier insulation will reflect heat back into the home and can help homes stay 3 to 4 degrees warmer during the colder months.

Varieties of Reflective Insulation

There are 3 types of Radiant barrier that are used in both residential and commercial applications:

  • Radiant Barrier Paint: This is a reflective radiant paint that is applied to the ceiling of an attic space or the ceiling of a commercial paint. This has the lowest reflective factor of any reflective barrier.
  • Reflective OSB Board: This is reflective plywood roof decking that is used under shingles. It has more effectiveness than the paint option.
  • Fabric Radiant barrier: This is the most effective radiant barrier application. It has the best reflective quality plus when applied along the attic ceiling rafters it creates a dead airspace that improves the effectiveness.

There are other important features of Fabric Radiant Barrier to be aware of:

Double Sided vs. Single Sided: Fabric Radiant Barrier insulation is available in both single sided and double-sided varieties.  The double sided radiant barrier is the preferred product to take full advantage of reflectiveness against the sun’s rays during the summer and to fight heat loss in the winter. If single sided radiant barrier is used, you will only get the summertime benefit.

Perforated vs. Non-Perforated: Radiant Barrier is also available in perforated and non-perforated options.  In attic applications here in Southern California, the perforated is the recommended solution.  It will allow any moisture to escape and therefore will resist possible mold or mildew.  A solid or non-perforated fabric can create condensation and drip into the attic floor creating the potential for mold or mildew in the home.

Aluminum vs. Mylar:  A true aluminum radiant barrier will not decompose or fail over time and is therefore the superior product for attic insulation purposes.  The Mylar radiant barrier products are Mylar that is sandwiched between a plastic coating that can delaminate and disintegrate over time.

Tinsel or tear strength:  Since this product is stapled or adhered to attic rafters it’s important that a good quality barrier be used to resist tearing from air flow in the attic space.

Reflectivity & Emissivity:  The higher the reflectivity value and lower emissivity value, the better. This is the basically the measure of how much the material reflects heat and how much the material absorbs heat.

Double sided Radiant Barrier fabric comes in long rolls and installed on the underside of the roof decking and stapled on the rafters. This creates a dead air space between the roof decking and the insulation which also serves as an insulator. The radiant heat that enters from the roof during the summer is reflected out of the attic space by the reflective insulation and the heat rising from the house in the winter will be reflected into the home.

Radiant Barrier Installation

Installation of Radiant Barrier can run anywhere from eighty cents to a dollar a square foot and around seventy-five cents for a quality double sided, perforated barrier fabric.

Radiant barrier insulation also

  • Meets Title 24 Building Codes
  • Is recognized by the US Department of Energy
  • Is Energy Star Certified
  • Is recommended by major utility companies: Southern California Edison, So Ca Gas, PG&E

So, when looking solutions to make your home more energy efficient be sure to consider Radiant Barrier to insulate your home.  It’s an outer space technology for your home here on earth. Contact our office to discuss options for your home or office.

Each morning as the sun rises in the east, homes across Ontario, CA and all of Southern California begin to absorb the radiant heat from the sun on eastern facing walls. The type of material you have for your wall construction and the amount of wall and attic insulation you have is the only protection you have to help cool your home. In this blog we will describe our strategies for cooling a home from top to bottom!

Hours of Warming Every Day

This is just the start of a very intense battle with heat your home fights everyday. Around 9am – 10am each day, the sun’s radiant heat begins to bake the eastern side of your home’s roof as the sun makes the full pass to the west, heating your roof to extreme temperatures with each hour. Your roof is exposed to sunlight for 70% of the day. Roof surface temperatures can reach 150 degree or more! These extreme roof temperatures then heat up the attic space to temperatures of 110-145 degrees. As the sun begins to set in the west, your Inland Empire home begins to take direct radiant heat to the western-facing wall, heating up your stucco walls in most cases. The reason we are always hot in the home is because the building envelope (walls, roof, attic, windows, and doors) has a limit of how much extreme temperature it can resist.

Your roof and attic act like an oven, transferring heat into the home all day and night.

Cooling a Home from Top to Bottom

To solve this problem, ReHome Solutions starts from the top and works our way down. This will save you the most money each month in the future.

Energy Efficient Roofing – A well-built, cool roofing system such as Metacrylics cool roofing products can drop roof temperatures 10-50 degrees. This prevents a massive heat buildup in your attic and begins a process of keeping your home in Ontario, CA cool. Other cool roofing poduct such as Owens Corning Roofing Shingles provide homeowners with many energy efficient solutions. They are Energy Star Rated options that can block a significant amount of heat from ever entering your home.

Energy Efficient Insulation – The next step to improving your homes energy efficiency is updating your attic insulation. Although traditional methods of insulation such as Owens Corning R38-R60 Attic Insulation would be important, you should also consider products such as Radiant Barrier. Attic insulation is applied to the floor of the attic space and Radiant Barrier is applied to the roof rafters in the attic to block Radiant heat gain from the roof. Adding Radiant Barrier can drop attic temperatures 25-35 degrees. The process is simple: if you cool the attic, you cool the home.

The next step to protecting your Inland Empire home from the extreme summer heat is to upgrade your exterior wall insulation. When considering this upgrade, ReHome Solutions can upgrade to R-11-R-19 Owens Corning Exterior Wall Insulation. This upgrade should at  least be considered for the western and eastern facing walls. For maximum savings, all exterior walls should be upgraded. The results of this home energy efficiency upgrade will be a cooler home in the summer and a more comfortable living environment.

Energy Efficient Air Conditioning – Think of all the heat your air conditioning system and in-home ducting absorb, causing your A/C to run all day and night. It can cost you a small fortune. With the roofing and insulation upgrades already mentioned, you can now expect your HVAC system to work with much higher efficiency.

When considering air conditioning system upgrades, first look at the often-ignored solution of air duct repair and replacement. It can be a very fast return on investment. Air ducts are a key factor when delivering cool air throughout your home. R8 Insulated Air Ducts are recommended and provide energy efficiency.

Hire a Professional to Cool Your Whole House

For more information on how to become more comfortable and energy efficient simply call 909-781-5997 or email us at info@rehomesolutions.com.

When adding attic insulation to your home, you can be assured it will be the fastest return on investment you can achieve amongst energy efficient home improvements. Those energy efficient results can only be achieved if you make the right decisions about the type of insulation and how it is installed. Attic insulation installation pricing is based on square footage being insulated, thickness or depth of the new insulation, and any additional materials needed such as light covers, paper rulers, baffles, foam sealant, and other related items that are commonly used in attic insulation projects. Prices generally range from $0.99 cents per sq.ft. up to $3.50 per sq.ft.

When you choose ReHome Solutions for new attic insulation, you will be working with a team of experienced installers using high quality materials for maximum effectiveness. Our team will prepare the home properly to ensure protection of your residential property and the furniture inside. We will move furniture, lay down floor coverings, and protect your walls with plastic sheeting. Our goal is to minimize the disruption to your life, even after we’re done.

How to Install Attic Insulation

Our attic installation experts start the insulation process by placing baffles in all exterior air vents. This allows the insulation to properly cover all areas while assuring air flow from soffit or eve vents. Proper air flow is vital to maintaining the temperature of your home. Should vents become blocked, hot air can accumulate in the attic.

Next, we place paper rulers in the attic space to measure depth before starting and after the new attic insulation is installed. This allows us to achieve the correct depth when installing attic insulation. Proper insulation depth means your temperature will be correctly maintained in heat or cold and no part of your investment is wasted. You will achieve the correct R-value for your home giving optimal energy efficiency.

Once all preparations are made, the next step is to load the machines with a high quality insulation product such as Owens Corning ProPink L77 Insulation. It will be blown into the attic by machine to accurately cover the complete space. These results are then checked by a ReHome professional. Insulation batts or rolled insulation around hatch covers and equipment may be necessary to make access easy for other service professionals and homeowners.

Key Attic Insulation Considerations

  • Accessibility is one of the most important implications you should consider when insulating your attic space. Most homes with a sloped roof have at least some accessible point to access the attic space. Most homes with flat roofs have limited to zero attic space and other insulation approaches would be suggested. Other insulation methods could be applied from the roof such as spray foam insulation and foam board insulation.
  • Electrical or other equipment in attic is also a consideration. When working around A/C and HVAC equipment, only a seasoned professional applicator can ensure the expensive equipment is not damaged during the attic insulation process. It’s also important that the insulation is placed properly around attic space equipment to ensure the best R-value for your attic. Also using light covers over all non-IC rated ceiling lights is critical as to protect the home.

New Attic Insulation Results

Once the proper depth level is achieved and a quality product installed, you can count on cooler summers and warmer winters. You should expect to see a reduction in your electric bill during the summer because less air conditioning will be needed. If you are ready to get a great ROI on your home energy efficiency upgrades, contact our office and schedule an appointment!

Insulation removal and attic cleaning are dirty jobs and we know most homeowners don’t want to do it on their own. We are here to help make this easy for our clients. You may have neglected the space for too many years or had to deal with rodent problems or strange smells in the attic. Our team in Ontario, CA will professionally remove your old insulation and prepare your attic for new, more efficient insulation. We can even take care of any debris from damaged roofing.

Benefits of Insulation Removal in Ontario, CA

The negative side effects of keeping old insulation or a dirty attic could be serious. These issues could be causing allergies or making them worse. It could also be causing breathing complications in people and pets. If any of your problems stem from rodents or other pests, it is important to call us quickly so we can help prevent the spread of disease and parasites such as fleas. And of course, old insulation is wasting hundreds of your dollars a year by letting your cold air out in the summer and warm air in the winter. Let ReHome Solutions properly and effectively remove your old insulation and properly clean your attic so you can improve your breathing and save money.

How We Clean Attics and Remove Insulation

When ReHome Solutions works with clients to resolve these issues, we first prepare the home with proper protection such as plastic walls, runners, and drop cloths to protect the home. After the home is prepped our experts will prep our commercial vacuum outside the home and begin to remove the debris. During the attic insulation removal process, ReHome Solutions captures photographs of the process to keep you up to date on progress. Typically the insulation removal takes only 1-2 days to complete. Once the insulation is bagged, removed, and properly disposed of at an Ontario, CA landfill, we will begin the attic sanitation and cleaning. Attic sanitation is done with an enzyme that will kill and disinfect the attic space and kill germs. The ReHome team will also remove roofing debris from the attic space. Once the attic space is clean and attic insulation is removed, we will use a closed cell spray foam insulation to seal around ceiling protrusions and areas where you are experiencing air leaks, heat loss, and heat gain. This will make your home more comfortable in both summer and winter seasons.

Have Your Attic Professionally Cleaned and Insulation Removed

By having your attic insulation removed and your attic space cleaned and properly disinfected you will no longer waste air and money. Your air leaks will be professionally sealed and you will have cleaner indoor air quality and increased comfort. The next step is to choose the right type of insulation to add now that your attic is cleaned out. Call our office for a consultation and to schedule your insulation removal in Ontario, CA and other cities throughout the Inland Empire.

Wall and attic insulation is one of the most important parts of temperature control, especially in Inland Empire cities like Ontario, CA. The wrong home insulation -or no insulation at all- can cost you hundreds of dollars a year. Proper wall and attic insulation is one of the most cost-effective ways to lower your utility bills and to keep your home cool in the summer and warm in the winter. But how much does insulation cost? When choosing your insulation contractor and pricing the job there are a few important items to consider.

Experienced Insulation Installer in Ontario, CA

There are many general contractors in Ontario and Rancho Cucamonga, but few have specialized training on how to apply different types of energy efficient insulation. The California State Licensing Board has a special testing program and license classification for Specialty Insulation Contractors. ReHome Solutions has this Specialty Insulation Classification and this elevates us above many competitors. Our team has specific knowledge about how to apply attic insulation and wall insulation properly. For example, we know when to use cellulose insulation in the attic versus using fiberglass insulation in the attic space. When it comes to technical questions like when to use open cell or closed cell spray foam insulation in the home attic space, we have the insulation installation knowledge to help.

There are many other certifications a contractor in Ontario can attain through programs offered by SoCal Edison and SoCal Gas. When completing a wall and attic insulation project, the knowledge of your contractor is very important. When insulating exterior walls the contractor must know how and where to drill holes in the exterior of your home. Would you want an untrained installer drilling holes in your walls? It is also important when insulating exterior walls that the contractor have the right equipment. That doesn’t mean renting a cheap loose-fill insulation blower from the local “big box” store. ReHome Solutions uses a professional, dense packing insulation blower that will ensure the exterior walls are not just filled with loose blown insulation but dense packed with the best Owens Corning insulation product.

Types of Home Insulation

There are many different types of home attic insulation products such as fiberglass insulation, cellulose insulation, spray foam insulation, radiant barrier reflective insulation, denim insulation, and soundproofing insulation. Only a trained and educated insulation contractor can help you to determine the right type of insulation for your home’s needs. Typically, when you insulate your home’s exterior walls in Ontario or Rancho Cucamonga, you want to use a rigid fiber insulation product so that it does not settle over time like a recycled insulation product like cellulose. Consider this example:

If you live in a home that’s always hot at night when it’s much cooler outside than it is in your home, and you call a insulation contractor, they may come over and offer to add six inches of R19 insulation to your attic for .99 cents a square foot. The insulation contractor then completes your project and installs R19 attic insulation but the next day you notice there is little to no change. The educated insulation contractor would have explained to you the reason why your home is so hot is that your attic space is holding all the heat from the day and all the insulation is just soaking up that heat holding it over your ceiling. The only way to cool the home is to drop the attic temps. You could do this by adding radiant barrier, or adding attic vents or fans to exhaust heat so your home will be cooler naturally by dropping the temps above your ceiling by 35-40 degrees. Just adding insulation alone can’t do this. Only top insulation contractors in Ontario such as ReHome Solutions can provide real solutions with a huge return on investment.

When considering the cost of insulation projects in Ontario, there are really two key points:

  1. Skilled Labor Cost: When having energy-efficient insulation work done on your most valuable investment (your home), you should never accept cheap labor It’s only cheap in the beginning and you will get what you pay for. Cheap labor usually means untrained, uninsured, unlicensed labor. Do you want someone in your home without General Liability insurance or Workers Comp insurance? This puts your financial foundation in danger. Only used skilled, insulation contractors with trained skilled, insured labor. This cost usually runs $200-$400 per day per crew member.
  2. Material Cost: When choosing the best home attic insulation material, you have all of the choices mentioned above. There are many different types of home attic insulation products and a ReHome Solutions expert can help select the right material to meet your needs in the most cost-efficient manner.

Whether you have a hot or cold home needing proper wall and attic insulation, call ReHome Solutions today and schedule a consultation.

Five Different Types of Insulation

There are a wide array of materials used to insulate a building. The five we will be covering include blanket, concrete block, rigid foam, insulating concrete forms, and loose-fill. We are going to explore each type, dissecting their pros and cons so that you can make the best decision for your home.

Blanket: Batt and Roll

Blanket insulation is the most common type used in our list. It comes in the form of flexible fibers, such as fiberglass, mineral,wool, plastic fibers, and natural fibers. The benefits of using this type of insulation are that it is great for standard stud and joist spacing and it is relatively inexpensive. Fiberglass is the material that is commonly used. It is fire resistant, and won’t settle over time. However, fiberglass can lose a significant portion of its R-value. If there is a three and quarter gap in the insulation, it can lose 80 percent of its R-value.

Concrete Block

Concrete blocks are a common building material, but many are covered with external facings such as stucco. It is typically made with Portland cement, stone or quartz, and water. They are lightweight, durable, and fireproof. It is easy for contractors to install it in the walls of your home, and provides insulation against the cold and heat. Its downside is that it is one of the more expensive building materials, and you will most likely need to insulate the face and its hollow core.

Rigid Foam
Rigid foam, also known as foam board, can be used to insulate building foundations and exteriors. It can be used inside of wall cavities, and be fitted with foil facing to improve its insulating capabilities. But when it is installed, all of the joints must be sealed with tape to prevent air flow. It is susceptible to damaging UV rays, another important measure contractors have to consider with an installation. Over time, the material’s R-value will degrade. And considering the material itself, it is one of the least green options available.

Insulating Concrete Forms

ICF walls carry the same advantages as concrete wall construction. It is able to provide good levels of insulation and soundproofing. The installation process is also easier in comparison to other materials. They can produce a higher level of air tightness, which is a concern in other materials, and improves your home’s overall air quality. Recycled materials are incorporated into the material, which makes it a greener choice. Unfortunately, ICF is best used in hotter climates. It is not very effective in cold climates, and its R-value falls short in comparison to the best. It is also not the cheapest method, as it costs 3 to 8 % more than wood or structural insulated panels (SIPs).


Loose-fill, also known as Blown-in, insulation is probably the greenest option available on this list. It is made with cellulose, which is constructed from recycled paper. It is much safer than fiberglass, is more cost effective than other blown-in materials such as cotton. There are few disadvantages with this product. Namely, if it is installed in an attic, it can be subject moisture absorption, which will degrade its R-value over time.

Installing with Rehome Solutions

These are just some of the types of insulation that are currently available on the market or are already in the walls of your home. Rehome Solutions prides itself on installing the best insulation for your home while ensuring the material is eco-friendly. If you are in need of reducing your energy costs, improving your home’s overall air quality, or in need of replacing aging insulation in your Southern California home, contact Rehome Solutions to get your free estimate today.

The Importance of Insulation


Insulation plays a big role in how much you pay to heat and cool your home. If you notice that your utility bills are rising, you should consider your insulation as one of the main culprits. It could be that your insulation has become ineffective, or it could be when your home was built. Older homes were not built with the same standards as they are today. With Rehome Solutions, you can make sure that you don’t suffer from rising costs from poor insulation.


Keeping Your Utility Bill From Increasing


The effectiveness of insulation is measured by its R-value (resistance-value). Insulation with a high R-Value will have a higher thermal performance than insulation rated lower. By increasing the R-value of your insulation, Energy Star has determined, for Southern California, that the annual utility bill savings can be 14 percent for heating and cooling. For the house overall, it can be a savings of 8 percent.

Another contributing factor to rising costs is how much you are spending on space heating and cooling. The Department of Energy has estimated that space heating and cooling makes up 44 percent of all energy used in homes. Just by adding a few hundred dollars worth of insulation, you can save an estimated 10 to 30 percent on your annual heating and cooling bill. With the average household spending six hundred and fifty dollars per year on heating and cooling, improving, or adding additional insulation, can help you spend less than the household average.


Health and Environmental Implications


If your insulation was properly installed, then it should be separate from your living spaces. However, this might not be the case in older homes. Depending on the kind of insulation that was used in your home, old or deteriorating insulation can cause certain health problems. The most commonly used type of insulation is fiberglass. Fiberglass causes tiny cuts, which creates an itching sensation on your skin. Fiberglass insulation can also cause serious breathing problems if it gets into your lungs. With Rehome Solutions, you can be sure that your insulation will be properly installed so that you can breathe easy in your own home.

Insulation directly contributes to the fight against energy waste. In fact, it is estimated that poorly insulated attics cause 25 percent of heat loss. And even though manufacturers of insulation require the use of energy in production, it is estimated that insulation in the United States saves 12 times the amount of energy than what it takes manufacturers to produce it.

By continuing to heat these same spaces, you are wasting valuable environmental and financial resources. Put an end to rising utility bills. Take back control over the amount of money you spend on heating and cooling your home. With Rehome Solutions, you can install insulation that will allow you to live free of health issues caused by aging insulation. Reduce your energy usage while optimizing the effectiveness of your living space so that it stays at the temperature you desire.