As a homeowner, you may ask the question ‘what are attic insulation barriers?” The answer is quite simple. Radiant attic insulation barriers are a type of specialized thermal insulation that inhibit heat transfer by thermal radiation. Radiant barriers are becoming more and more popular in a green world for a variety of reasons. When installed properly, these attic insulation barriers reduce cooling costs to homeowners in the hot summer months by reflecting radiant heat that finds its way through your roof back toward and up to your roof. These barriers serve to keep your home’s attic cool in the hot summer time.
Radiant attic insulation barriers are so effective because the barriers are highly reflective of the rays that penetrate your attic and serve to reflect the rays back upwards toward your roof and away from your attic. These insulation barriers are available in pre-cut rolls that easily fit most rafters and can easily be stapled between rafters on the underside of a roof. The entire installation process is quick and easy and typically an attic insulation install can be conducted in a single day.
Attic insulation barriers are made of a highly reflective material that can actually stop the transfer of radiant heat, thereby reducing heat gain in the summer months and heat loss in the winter months. Thus, they are able to effectively and efficiently block the majority of heat that is either coming into or leaving your home’s attic. When utilizing radiant attic insulation barriers that are installed properly, less radiant heat is allowed to enter your attic, which ultimately allows your air conditioning system to run more effectively and in the winter time allows your heating system to be more efficient.
The savings you experience from the use of attic insulation barriers will vary but, according to studies performed, can reduce cooling and heating bills by as much as 15 to 30%. This number holds true for most climates, but can vary somewhat from location to location. Using radiant barriers to control your attic temperatures and control excess radiant heat is proven to affect the overall efficiency of your HVAC system thereby reducing energy costs to homeowners.
The Best Time of Year to Install Attic Insulation Barriers
Spring or fall months are the absolute best months to install radiant barriers since your attic is cooler during these seasons. However, if need be, you can still install the barriers in the hot summer or cold winter months, so long as you schedule your installation for early morning hours or later in the evening when the attic is cooler to work in. Choosing the ideal insulation barriers in your attic will depend a great deal on your local climate and humidity and is critical to an effective and proper installation. With that said, we recommend you contact the professionals here at Green Attics, Inc. to help you determine the appropriate type of insulation barriers that will satisfy the elements and needs of your attic.
Radiant barriers come in a wide range of different shapes, styles, sizes and qualities. Our qualified and highly experienced installers recommend against purchasing single sided radiant barriers as opposed to double sided barriers. The fact is that double sided barriers will provide heat reflection in both directions which is extremely useful in both the summer and winter seasons and will serve as an energy saver all year round. Also, we recommend choosing a high quality material that will provide for a quick, easy and more permanent installation since the heavier material is less likely to rip or tear.
If you are looking to add radiant attic insulation barriers to your home, then look no further than the experts here at Green Attics, Inc. Contact us today to schedule your free consultation and let us help to keep your home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter with our top of the line insulation products and our quality installation services.