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Using Radiant Barriers in Conjunction with Other Types of Insulation

Last updated 1 year ago

Poorly insulated attics can dramatically increase your energy costs, especially during the summer. Increased heat transfer means that more heat from the outside gets into your home, leading to an increase in air conditioning costs. Installing radiant barriers can help reduce this heat transfer, reducing your energy costs in the long run.

  • What are radiant barriers?

Radiant barriers are made out of highly reflective material. When installed in your attic, they help to reduce heat transfer by reflecting sunlight away from your home. There are many different kinds of radiant barriers. Reflective foil, metal, reflective roof sheathing, and other materials can all be used to help reflect sunlight away from your roof.  Another benefit of radiant barriers is that you can apply them to any kind of insulation.

  • How will they save energy?

As the temperature increases during the summer, you’ll have to work harder to keep your home cool. Because are attics are directly beneath our roofs, they are in many ways more vulnerable to the sun’s heat. Once your attic has become hot, the warm air then circulates throughout your home. This will increase your energy costs and put immense amounts of pressure on your air conditioning system. Radiant barriers can decrease your energy costs by keep your attic cool.

  • How are radiant barriers installed?

In order to get the maximum benefit out of our radiant barriers, they must be installed properly. For this reason it is imperative that you find a certified installer to take care of the project. There are many different ways to install radiant barriers, and the decision is made based on the type of house, the specific type of insulation, and the structure of the attic, among other factors.

If you want to know more about how radiant barriers can help decrease your energy costs when combined with other insulation, call Accurate insulation at (301) 627-6506.

 

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