What is a Radiant Barrier?

What is a Radiant Barrier

We know that insulation is important because it helps with keeping warmth and coolness within the home, regulating its temperature, but not many people know what radiant barriers are, yet this technology has been gaining popularity and demand. Radiant barriers are made of highly reflective material that blocks the transmission of radiant heat. Typically made of aluminum, they work by reflecting radiant heat away from their surface, as opposed to fiberglass insulation, which absorbs it. One of the benefits of this foil insulation technology is that it’s not affected by humidity.


How does a radiant barrier work?


A radiant barrier is designed to actually block radiant heat energy. Its reflective properties allow for its surface that’s facing a heat source to reflect the radiant heat energy back into the direction from which it came, stopping it from entering your home. Since it also has a very low emissivity rate, its power lies in the fact that it can handle intense heat and block it, while emitting very little radiant heat from its surface across an air space. In the summertime, radiant barriers can reduce attic temperatures by 20 to 45 degrees.


What are the benefits of radiant barriers for your home?


Energy & Cost Saving


Radiant barrier installation has shown to save anywhere from 20 – 40% on electric bills. It reduces energy consumption and costs in the summer and winter by keeping the temperature in your home more consistent and comfortable, avoiding dramatic and fluctuating temperatures and HVAC usage.


Raises Property Value


Homes that are to be seen as taken care of from the inside out are usually the homes that have an edge in the market. The resale value of your home has increased because you’re able to show that the home already comes with energy saving materials installed, lowering monthly energy bills for prospective buyers.


Extends HVAC Life Expectancy


Since your air conditioning and heating unit won’t have to work as hard, having radiant barrier installation will greatly reduce the wear and tear on your system. Lessening your HVAC’s workload will help it last much longer.


Environmentally Friendly


If you’re someone who cares about the environment and wants to make your home more green, radiant barriers are an Energy Star Product, which means they meet energy efficiency guidelines set by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy. They are non-toxic and non-carcinogenic.


Cleaner & Safer Attic Environment


Radiant barriers are very lightweight, but strong and durable. They don’t promote the growth of any fungi or bacteria or mold. They don’t have any properties that support nesting for rodents and animals. They also meet fire, smoke and safety requirements, which means that they are Class A Fire rated.


Radiant barriers can be a great alternative to foam insulation or work together with traditional insulation and be a superstar team. If you’re interested in learning more about radiant barrier and how it can improve your home’s temperature, energy costs and value, give us a call and we’d be happy to to explain all the benefits and logistics of radiant barrier installation!

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