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Radiant Barrier Foil Facts

Radiant Barrier FoilIf you’re still straddling the fence about whether to install radiant barrier insulation, take a moment to learn a little about how this technology works.

Unlike traditional insulation, which merely slows the transfer of heat into a building, radiant barrier foil actually stops the transfer. Instead of acting as a buffer layer between the outdoor heat and the cool air inside, radiant barrier foil, actually reflects that heat away from the home.

So, what does this mean in the wintertime, when you want to keep a house warm? Just as this protective layer reflects heat away and holds in the cold air during the summer, it also serves to retain heat inside the house during the cold months. Think of radiant barrier foil insulation as a light space blanket that keeps air on either side of it from intermingling. This prevents air outside the blanket from warming or cooling the air underneath it.

Is This Technology Right for You?

Anyone who needs or wishes to bring down monthly energy costs should consider upgrading from standard insulation to radiant foil. By some estimates, this technology can save anywhere from 17 percent to 35 percent on monthly energy costs.

Now, this material can also save homeowners and businesses money in other ways. Beginning in 2009, the United States Department of Energy is issuing tax credits to consumers for radiant barriers. The Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 extends these tax credits to the purchase of windows, roofs, insulation and other energy-efficient home improvements.

In addition to the upfront financial benefits, radiant foil will not corrode, nor will it overheat roofing materials. The material can be installed over existing insulation, negating the costs involved with removing and disposing of old insulation materials.

For more information about installing a radiant barrier in your home, contact

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