A radiant barrier is installed in attics for the purpose of reducing summer heat. Your home’s attic will heat up when the sun’s energy heats the shingles on your roof and the heat is then transferred to your interior attic space. The temperature in your attic space will then increase and move its way downward into your home’s living space. This causes an increase in energy consumption as well as an increase in your utility costs. Radiant barriers, however, can lower the heat transfer from your attic and keep your attic space much cooler while lowering your cooling costs during the hot summer months and are proven to reduce utility costs by as much as 15-20%.
We all know that the UV rays of the sun are the primary source of the heat in your attic, which, over time, will affect the overall temperatures in your home and your family’s comfort. Radiation creates both convection and conduction. Convection is the process by which heat is transferred in the attic air, thus causing the insulation to heat up. Convection, on the other hand, is when the heat in your attic moves through existing insulation and makes its way into your home’s living space below. Though heat typically is radiated and conducted in all directions, it will always move and transfer from hot areas to cold areas. The hotter the temperatures are in your attic, the more heat you will have that can then move downward to your cooler home living spaces below.
Is Radiant Barrier Worth It?
The benefits of radiant barriers are many. To begin with, when installing an OSB radiant barrier sheathing, you will find that the barriers can reflect up to nearly 95% of solar radiation which ultimately reduces attic heat by up to 30 degrees Fahrenheit. Radiant barriers provide a much cooler attic space which means that there is minimal heat from the attic that will be moving downward into your cooler living space below and causing discomfort to your home’s atmosphere and your family. The hotter your attic gets the better the radiant barriers work.
By reducing your attic temperatures, the radiant barriers increase the efficiency of the cooling and heating ductwork installed in your attic and ultimately contributes to a longer life expectancy of your HVAC system. With radiant barriers homeowners can actually reduce the requirements and the use of their cooling system during the warmer months. Further, the radiant barrier roof sheathing will help to improve the overall comfort in your home’s interior living space during the summer months and will definitely reduce energy costs and utility bills as well. Since heat 100% of the time moves from hot areas to cold areas, installing radiant barriers will help to prevent the heat transfer from the warm interior of your living space during the cold winter months.
Here at Green Attics, Inc. we take tremendous pride in our top of the line products and services and that includes our radiant barrier installations. It is important to know that proper installation of radiant barriers does require professional installation in order that your new insulation will work effectively and efficiently. Our technicians will ensure that your attic ventilation is not blocked prior to installation and that all sheathing is properly spaced at all joints in order to allow for both expansion and contraction that can occur as a result of varied moisture conditions and weather changes. We make certain that all installations are up to industry standards and specs and comply with all local building codes as well.
Retrofitting your attic with radiant barriers will surely improve both the energy efficiency and the value of your home. In addition, radiant barriers also enhance the overall sale price of your home should you ever find the need to sell your home. With savings on energy usage and enhancing the life expectancy and the functionality of your HVAC system as well, homeowners can enjoy savings and a definite attractive return on their investment. Certainly these benefits suggest that installing radiant barriers is definitely worth it!
If you are in need of attic insulation for your new home or need to upgrade the insulation in an existing home, then surely you have come to the right place. Give a shout out to the professionals here at Green Attics, Inc. and let us help enhance the efficiency, energy savings and overall value of your home today. Those hot summer months are just around the corner, so what are you waiting for? Contact us today. We look forward to our every opportunity to serve you.