Radiant barriers are a highly effective energy efficiency upgrade that can make your home more comfortable and help you save energy. But the science behind radiant barriers is often misunderstood, and many homeowners wonder whether an attic radiant barrier is worth it.
Standard Insulating Company is here to help you understand how radiant barriers work and how you can make your home more energy efficient with a radiant barrier!
Radiant Barriers vs Insulation: What’s the Difference?
Insulation and radiant barriers both work to keep your home comfortable and reduce your energy costs. But they do so in different ways.
Insulation Slows Conductive Heat Transfer
The attic insulation materials that most homeowners are familiar with, like fiberglass batts, work by slowing down conductive heat transfer. Much of the heat that enters your home in the summer and escapes in the winter does so through conductive heat transfer. But heat also travels by radiation, and fiberglass insulation cannot stop this type of heat movement. That’s where radiant barriers come in.
Attic Radiant Barriers Reflect Radiant Heat
A radiant barrier is a type of insulation that’s made out of a highly reflective material, like aluminum. When the sun heats up your roof during the summer, that heat will re-radiate from your roof down into your attic. As your attic warms up, your house does too. Radiant barriers reflect radiant heat, sending it back where it came from so your attic and home stay cooler.
Radiant barriers stop heat accumulation in your home, which makes them most effective in the summer. But radiant barriers help in the winter, too, and will make your home more comfortable all year round.
Radiant Barrier Installation Has Year-Round Benefits
Installing a radiant barrier between rafters or on your attic walls will help make your existing insulation more effective by addressing the type of heat transfer it can’t control. By installing a radiant barrier, you can:
Reduce your energy costs
Keep your home significantly cooler in the summer
Help your home stay warmer in the winter
Make your existing attic insulation more effective
Minimize energy usage and waste
Installation Affects Radiant Barrier Effectiveness—Trust the Experts at Standard Insulating Company
When installed correctly, a radiant barrier can significantly improve your home’s energy efficiency rating. Standard Insulating Company is a professional radiant barrier installer, and we use proven installation techniques to ensure optimal performance and efficiency. With us, radiant barrier installation is fast, easy, and will not hurt your roof.
Have questions about radiant barriers and the energy savings they offer? Standard Insulating Company is here to help. Call us today to learn more about the benefits of radiant barriers and how installing one can make your house more energy efficient.