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How It Works: Radiant Barriers

Metal foil textureLearn how this innovative insulation can make a difference in your home.

If you’ve ever considered installing radiant barriers in your home, you’ve probably done some research online and found a great deal of conflicting information. We’d like to take this opportunity to clear the air and present you with the facts. We believe that once you understand how radiant barriers work and where they are best used, you’ll know whether they are a good investment for your home or not.

What is a radiant barrier, and how does it work?

If you own a car, you might at time put a reflective barrier inside the windshield of the vehicle. This barrier helps to keep the car cooler by reflecting light and heat energy, keeping it from entering the vehicle. A radiant barrier for your home works the same way. Reflective sheets or strips of plastic or aluminum foil reflect heat and light away from your home, keeping it cooler during the warmest months.

Where can you install a radiant barrier?

There are many potential places to install a radiant barrier:

  • Under the shingles on the roof
  • On the underside of the roof in the attic
  • On top of existing insulation
  • Under the siding (as a house wrap)

Where you install the barrier depends on a wide range of factors, such as what work is being done on your home, where your greatest cooling losses are, and what your budget is. A roofing or insulation professional can help you make the best decision for your home.

Why is radiant barrier insulation necessary?

In a warm climate like Dallas and Fort Worth, keeping homes cool in the summer is more important than keeping them warm in the winter. Therefore, it simply makes sense for homeowners in our areas to consider any extra measures that will help their homes stay that much cooler. Not only will installing a radiant barrier help your family stay more comfortable, but it can also help you save on utility bills and wear and tear on your cooling equipment. Finally, any steps you take to reduce the amount of energy your home uses are good for the environment.

Our experts would be happy to talk more with you about how a radiant barrier can make a vital, noticeable difference in your home. Give us a call today to learn more and schedule a consultation!

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