The importance and impact of radiant barriers can be seen by evaluating your utility bills before and after the installation. If you are considering installing radiant barriers so you too can experience the cost savings, contact Expert Air today to schedule your evaluation, professional installation, or to have any questions answered.
Simply put, the hotter the temperatures, the more effective the radiant barrier. You can save 5-17% on cooling bills by investing in radiant barriers. Over time, the effect the radiant barrier has, pays for itself in overall cost savings. You will basically be paying yourself to be more comfortable.
What is a Radiant Barrier
How the radiant barrier works is simple physics. It’s made of an aluminum surface that reflects heat back to where it originated. From the sun to beating down on your roof, the heat seeps through the surface into the attic, which works into the rest of the house, creating more need and overhaul on the air conditioning system. The radiant barrier reflects the heat from the roof back to the sun, thus not allowing the same intensity of heat to penetrate the roof
Another cost saving of the radiant barrier is the impact saved on the air conditioning unit. Again, no radiant barrier means more heat in your home or business, and the ac unit runs more to compensate, but with a radiant barrier, the ac unit doesn’t have to work as hard or as often. Less wear and tear on the ac unit means more savings long-term for the consumer.
A note to remember when considering investing in a radiant barrier is that it MUST be installed correctly to be effective, so before you attempt to do-it-yourself, consider what a waste it would be if you did it wrong. Worry not about installation by trusting the certified technicians at Expert Air.
The Heat Levels
Although there is currently not a standardized industry test for radiant barriers, there is a multitude of field studies that have similar results that show 16-42% reduction in ceiling heat in attic when comparing attics with R-19 insulation with a radiant barrier versus the same insulation with no installed radiant barrier. Attic heat represents approximately 15-25% of the total cooling load on the house.
In Texas, where we have plenty of intense heat majority of the year, placing the extra protection against thermal radiation is one of the best ways to keep heat out of your home. The radiant barrier is an excellent addition to your home insulation. Radiant barriers offers cost-savings for residential and commercial consumers.