The Energy Guardian® Universal Hatch Covers
The Key to:
- A More Comfortable home
- Better Indoor Air Quality
- Reduced Heating and Cooling Costs
- Eliminate an overlooked cause of mold and roof damage
- A Proven, Lasting Solution- 20 Year Warranty
Named “Best Available Product” – Fine Home Building Magazine
“A Green Product Everyone Should Know About” – ThisOldHouse.com.
TEG purchase price is higher than most, so, why is it worth it?
Why should you choose The Energy Guardian® Universal Hatch Cover?
The Energy Guardian® Universal Hatch Cover is a complete solution “out of the box” – Protective Barrier, Air Seal, High Insulating Value. It meets all Building, & Energy Code requirements as well as Department of Energy Standards.
Unlike other products that require that you cut a certain sized attic opening for their product to “fit”, there is no such need with The Energy Guardian® Universal Hatch Cover. Due to its patented design, you leave your existing hatch opening just as it is. The Energy Guardian® Universal Hatch Cover provides the required insulation block that attaches to your existing hatch along with the protective barrier that sits on top of your attic flooring or floor joists.
Our 20-year warranty tells you that the product is made to provide a long lasting, durable solution that provides the comfort, energy savings, improved indoor air quality from the moment it is installed, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
To enter the attic, you simply push up your existing hatch and move it to the side. The lid weighs about the same as a newborn baby. When leaving the attic, you simply replace the hatch in its original position on the trim. When you do it, you will feel the swoosh sound of the air seal being re-established. No zippers, locking mechanism or other cumbersome devices.
Like any other product, the manufacturer reveals the expected useful life of a given product by the length of its warranty. From that, you can determine the amount of money you should save on heating and cooling costs for a given product. For example, say two products save the same amount on heating and cooling costs per year- $100. If the one product only has a two-year warranty, you can reasonably predict a $200 savings over the life of the product. If the other product has a 20-year warranty, the predicted savings is $2,000- That’s a big difference!! Based on field results, we are confident that no other product can even match our annually savings.
All materials used in the production of The Energy Guardian® Universal Hatch Cover are made in the USA. All production and packaging is done in our Pennsylvania facility. The founder and principal owner proudly served in the United States Army and earned the coveted Airborne Wing and Ranger Tab.
Attic Entrance Kit Shopping Checklist
The protective barrier needs to be both effective and durable. It maintains a consistent insulating value around the attic ladder and keeps the unhealthy insulation particles, dust, and other attic debris from entering your living area. It is essential to attain good Indoor Air Quality. Durability of the barrier is so important that it must be made of wood or equivalent material.
Same Insulating Value-The insulating value of your attic ladder can be as low as R-0.3. The rest of your attic is R-38 or higher. That hole in your insulation can reduce the insulating value of your entire attic by 17%. (A 1,000 sq. ft. attic using REScheck UA calculations) The attic is the most important area of your home to insulate. Proper insulation will reduce heating and cooling costs. The lower the insulating value of the product, the longer it will take to recoup the purchase price if ever)
Fiberglass batt insulation loses its insulating value when compressed and it is designed for stationary installation-not something that will be moved. If you purchase a product made with compressible insulation, your insulating value will decrease over time and you won’t save the money you anticipated.
The amount of money saved on your heating and cooling costs will depend on how well the airflow is reduced or stopped as well as how long the air seal will be effective. A full air seal:
- Eliminates drafts in winter and hot areas in summer
- Stops the contaminate pathway from the attic
- Reduces heating and cooling costs
- Eliminates a cause of moisture problems, mold and ice damming
The warranty will tell you how long it should remain effective. Like any other product, the manufacturer reveals the expected useful life of a given product by the length of its warranty and the amount of money you should save on heating and cooling costs. Our 20-year warranty is unprecedented in the market today. Our competitors’ products offer no warranty or up to a few years. How long do you want your attic access cover to last?
The protective barrier fits on top of the attic floor joists. Even if the length of the barrier is longer than your attic opening, you do not need to modify either your attic opening or the barrier. Here’s why- The kit comes with all components for the barrier and protection all the way down to the dry wall so all loose insulation or other attic debris stays in the attic.
How do I know that these features are essential for the product I purchase?
Residential Building Code and the Department of Energy all require these minimum standards for all work done in residential structures. Since the 2009 edition of the Codes, these standards were made as minimum requirements.
The Department of Energy (DOE) published its Standard Work Specifications (SWS) in 2013 that include the same minimum requirements for attic accesses. These minimum requirements include:
- A wood or equivalent protective barrier
- Insulating value equal to the surrounding area
- Insulation that is prevented from compression
- Durable Air Seal
- Expected Service Life of 20 years (Department of Energy Standard Work Specifications 2013 edition)
Don’t be fooled by cheap imitations- here are some common shortcomings:
- Low insulating value- would you accept that in the rest of your house?
- No air seal or a limited air seal – not all air sealing measures are equal. Like any other window, you need a tight, proven air seal, not one that doesn’t give a complete air seal or won’t last long.
- Costly hidden upgrades such as the need to replacing fiberglass batt insulation with rigid foam or the need to build the wood or equivalent protective barrier
- Flimsy material that won’t last
- Short or no warranty period