Why You Should Invest in a Radiant Barrier for Your Home
Summer is coming into full swing, and many homeowners are having trouble dealing with the heat. Leaving the air conditioning on at all times can be expensive and annoying. A…
Summer is coming into full swing, and many homeowners are having trouble dealing with the heat. Leaving the air conditioning on at all times can be expensive and annoying. A better solution is to get a radiant barrier for your home.
We will go over the advantages of these barriers but first, let’s talk a bit about how heat works.
THE TYPES OF HEAT TRANSFER
Whether you’re trying to keep the house cool or warm, there are three heat transfer methods to think about:
- Radiation. When a fire is lit, it sends waves of heat in every direction. The sun does that as well. Those waves hit the roof of houses and warms them up.
- Conduction. The roof becomes hotter and starts transferring heat to the other side. The heat travels through the different materials in your roof and ceiling. Eventually, it reaches the interior.
- Convection. That is when the air around a hot object takes some of its heat. As the air in your house comes into contact with the ceiling, it becomes warmer. As a result, the temperature in the whole house rises.
During the summer, the most important type of transfer is radiation. To keep your house cooler, you need a way of stopping heat waves from warming the house.
THE SOLUTION: GETTING A RADIANT BARRIER FOR YOUR HOME
Roofs are the biggest source of heat during the summer. It’s a prime target for the sun’s waves, so they take in the most heat.
Radiant barriers reflect those waves back to the source instead of absorbing it. They stay cool. This way, they don’t transfer heat further into the house. Cutting down on radiation means that the other methods of transfer are diminished as well.
Here are some of the advantages of getting a radiant barrier for your home:
1. YOU SAVE MONEY
Having a well-insulated house means that you spend less money on maintaining a pleasant temperature.
With a barrier inside, less outside heat enters the house in the summer. When it’s cold outside, on the other hand, the barrier will keep heat from escaping the home as well.
Furthermore, since you will use the heating and cooling system less, they will be under less pressure. Being used for shorter periods of time, they will need to be replaced or require repairs less often.
Buying a radiant barrier for your home is a smart investment. In a relatively short time, the money you save on bills will make up for the price of the barrier.
2. THE BARRIER IS VERSATILE AND EASY TO INSTALL
A homeowner with little knowledge or equipment can install the barrier without help. All you need is enough space in the attic to set it up.
Furthermore, the barrier can be installed during the construction of the house as well as after. You can also use it to insulate other structures such as garages or boat houses.
You have complete control over when and where the radiant barrier is set up.
3. RADIANT BARRIERS HAVE A LONG LIFESPAN
Since it is installed in the attic, you do not have to fear that the weather will degrade it. Moisture does not affect it, unlike conventional insulators.
SHOULD YOU GET A RADIANT BARRIER?
The barrier will significantly alleviate the summer heat and help your house stay at a comfortable temperature. Furthermore, when winter comes, it will do an equally good job.
If you are unsure whether to get the barrier, get a free product sample pack first. It includes data sheets as well as different samples of the materials we provide.
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