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Example of a double-sided radiant barrier

Example of a double-sided radiant barrier

Keep your home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter with a radiant barrier.  Radiant barriers as part of a whole attic system can significantly affect the comfort of your home and provide a small amount of energy savings and wear and tear on heating and cooling (HVAC) equipment.  This article explains some benefits of a radiant barrier.

 

Benefit #1 – Radiant barriers are not affected by humidity.  Because the radiant barrier reflects heat away from the surface it is unaffected by hot air or moisture.  Some radiant barriers have perforations in the barrier allowing airflow and prevents moisture build up.

 

Imagine the particles falling off this insulation

Imagine the particles falling off this insulation

Benefit #2 – Radiant barriers do not emit harmful particles that can get into your lungs (like fiberglass).  Handling conventional insulation may cause skin, eye, and respiratory system irritation.  If in doubt about the effects of the insulation, protective clothing, gloves, eye protection, and breathing protection should be worn.

 

Benefit #3 – Radiant barriers adds R-value to boost thermal efficiency.  The reflective insulation  can reflect up to 97% of radiant heat.  A double-sided radiant barrier will usually have materials in it’s center that add R-value and has thermal resistance like traditional insulation.

 

Benefit #4 – Unlike traditional insulation radiant barriers will never “settle” so the quality and/or R-value will never degrade.  Over time traditional insulation loses R-value (ability to stop or slow heat transfer from warm to cold).

 

Pic2Benefit #5 – Radiant Barriers complement your current or existing insulation and can be installed over your existing insulation in your attic and crawl space.  Additionally, depending on the type of radiant barrier it will add R-value to existing insulation.

 

Benefit #6 – Rodents and Birds will not chew on it.  Because radiant barriers are typically made of inorganic materials rodents and birds aren’t interested in eating it.

 

Benefit #7 –  Radiant barriers are great insulators for wrapping ducts, hot water tanks, and water pipes.  Radiant heat reflects heat away from surfaces.  Think of the potato that is stays warmer longer when wrapped in foil.

Water Heater wrapped in a radiant barrier

Water Heater wrapped in a radiant barrier

 

Please note that a radiant barrier does not replace the need for mass insulation. It helps boost the thermal efficiency of mass insulation and helps prevent conductive and convective heat transfer in addition to the radiant heat benefits.

Smart Energy Today, Inc.™ is a certified installer of traditional insulation, radiant barriers and solar.   The company’s feature product is a double-sided radiant barrier solution called Sol-Blanket Insulation™.  Sol-Blanket Insulation™ complements traditional insulation.

 

SETI Logo 150 Pixel TestSmart Energy Today, Inc.™ is located in Olympia and serves all of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, California and Pennsylvania.  The company specializes in products that are durable and maintenance-free, saving you money and making your home or business warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.  Smart Energy Today, Inc.™ is proud of its superior products and service and always strives for positive reviews.