What is an Attic Radiant Barrier?

Attic Radiant BarrierEnergy bills can get fairly expensive fairly quickly. Whether your house runs on gas, electricity, or both, you’d like to keep your energy costs down as much as possible, especially during the extreme weather months. Bills can jump up to 200% during the summer and winter months to keep your house cool and warm. Installing an attic radiant barrier helps lower these costs by reducing the amount of heat that is transferred in the airspace between the roof deck and the attic floor. These barriers can be laid on top of conventional insulation (foam, fiberglass, cellulose, etc.) and should be laid with the reflective side facing up towards the roof. The reflective side of the radiant energy barrier will reflect any solar radiant energy outside the house instead of absorbing it; this is what keeps your house cool during the summer months.


 

Why a Radiant Energy Barrier?

Although a radiant barrier is similar to conventional insulation in that they perform essentially the same function, the way they go about performing that function is entirely different. A radiant energy barrier, because it reflects radiant energy and lowers heat transfer from the roof to the attic space works most effectively in warmer climates. By reflecting the radiant energy that is emitted from the sun, it can lower air conditioning costs drastically. An attic radiant barrier works in cooler climates too, but is much more efficient in warmer weather. The radiant barrier will eventually pay for itself and then some with all the money that you’ll be saving on gas and electric bills. 

RadiantGUARD specializes in providing homeowners and contractors the most durable and versatile radiant energy barriers on the market. Our products block 95-97% of the radiant heat that comes in through your roof. 

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