How Does Radiant Barrier Work?
Radiant Barrier is a system of insulation that utilizes reflection rather than the traditional system of insulation, absorption. First used by NASA to protect astronauts from extreme heat, Radiant Barrier has since made its way into residential insulation systems as a powerful tool for fighting heat transfer in the hottest months.
Unlike other types of insulation, Radiant Barrier is not affected by humidity. Even when the sun is at its most powerful, the heat that can enter a building through the roof is reflected by Radiant Barrier. This process has a major impact on your overall energy efficiency, as it is easier to cool a home unaffected by powerful sunrays.
The Benefits of Each Type of Radiant Barrier
If an energy-efficiency specialist believes Radiant Barrier is a smart way to conserve power in your home, you will want to review the different types of this product on the market.
Tack up Radiant Barrier is literally tacked to the rafters in attics to reflect heat and stop the process of radiant transfer. AEA technicians can install these materials and help end the impact a grueling Arizona summer can have on your cooling system. Because it is so inexpensive, you should ask about applications in different areas around the house. The “tack up” method is best for hot climates.
In both cases, you can increase the comfort level in your home significantly by using Radiant Barrier in conjunction with proper insulation.