shutterstock_186955757Are you looking for ways to increase the effectiveness of your current insulation by reducing heat loss?  After all it’s expensive to run your heater and put hot air in your home.  Regular insulation will not stop radiant heat loss and only slows down heat transfer to your Attic or Crawl Space.  A radiant barrier combined with traditional insulation and proper caulking and sealing stops heat from escaping when it’s cold making your home warmer and more comfortable in the winter.  This article discusses radiant barriers and how they work in cold weather.


Radiant, as defined by the Merriam-Webster online dictionary, means “radiating or reflecting beams of light”.  So radiant barriers consist of highly reflective material that reflects radiant heat rather than soaking it up or letting it pass through.



Without a radiant barrier heat passes through insulation in the winter

What does a radiant barrier do when the weather is Cold?  In the Winter or when it is cooler outside you heat your home with hot air.  By putting a radiant barrier on top of your insulation on the attic floor (ceiling) the hot air that seeks to escape your home through your ceiling is radiated back toward the rooms below.


Comfort in the home is important year round.  Comfort is improved in the cold weather in at least two ways with a radiant barrier.  One, the need to run your heating system is reduced thus shortening the amount of time it is running and making noise.  Two, the radiant barrier evens out the temperature of the air in the rooms below it keeping temperatures less variable from room to room.  In the winter this eliminates the need to have a space heater in a room that gets colder than the rest of the house.  By stopping heat loss you are saving wear and tear on your heating system in addition to saving money on your power bill.


1 Roll of this radiant barrier called Sol-Blanket covers 700 square feet

1 Roll of this radiant barrier called Sol-Blanket covers 700 square feet

If you are trying to keep your home warmer in the winter, a radiant barrier complements traditional insulation, and is needed to stop radiant heat loss through your ceiling.  When considering which radiant barrier is right for you keep in mind the U.S. Energy Department’s website states “a radiant barriers effectiveness depends on proper installation” so they recommend a certified installer be used.


SETI Logo 150 Pixel TestSmart Energy Today, Inc.™ is a certified installer of a radiant barrier solution called Sol-Blanket Insulation™.  Sol-Blanket Insulation™ acts as a radiant barrier and complements traditional insulation.  Smart Energy Today, Inc.™ is located in Olympia and serves all of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, California and Pennsylvania.  Specializing in the installation of insulation and solar, Smart Energy Today, Inc.™ offers products that are able to exist for a long time without significant deterioration saving you money and making your home or business warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.  Smart Energy Today, Inc.™ never wants a complaint and always strives for positive reviews.