HOW IS A RADIANT BARRIER DIFFERENT FROM OTHER TYPES OF INSULATION?


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Having good insulation in your home is necessary for energy efficiency. In Texas, our summers are long and hot, and can reach consistent daytime temperatures over 100 degrees; this means your attic space can reach temperatures over 150 degrees from both the heat of the sun on your roof. Insulation in your walls, ceilings and attic help slow the transfer of heat into your home during the summer, but radiant heat can be hard to block. This is where the installation of a radiant barrier in Houston can be very helpful. However, for any kind of insulation to be effective, it’s important to have it properly installed. The NATE-certified technicians at Expert Air, Inc., can help you with all your insulation needs.

What Is a Radiant Barrier?

A radiant barrier is a type of hard-board insulation installed either just under your roof or against the walls of your attic space. The boards used are plywood or OSB boards with reflective aluminum sheathing on one side. When installed, the sheathing faces the interior of your home.

How Is a Radiant Barrier Different?

The job of your home’s insulation is to slow the transfer of heat – all kinds of heat. A radiant barrier’s job is to slow radiant heat – a specific heat that isn’t blocked as well by the insulation in your walls or ceiling. Radiant heat travels in a straight line away from any surface and heats anything solid that absorbs its energy. The best way to reduce this heat is to deflect it with a reflective surface, like the one described above. It is estimated that a radiant barrier can reflect up to 90% of the radiant heat that hits the barrier.

Benefits of a Radiant Barrier

There are several important benefits to installing a radiant barrier:

  • Can help reduce cooling (and heating) costs
  • Reduces the stress on your air conditioning system
  • Increases energy efficiency
  • Increases indoor comfort

A radiant barrier in Houston can be an important tool in achieving the energy efficiency you want for your home.

Interested to know what a radiant barrier can do for your home? Call the professionals at Expert Air today and schedule an appointment.

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