As you’re on the hunt for that perfect gift for your family and friends, consider giving yourself one by having an attic radiant barrier professionally installed. The middle of winter and summer are two of the most challenging times on your wallet because of high electricity bills. Tight purse strings can make the holidays a stressful time for families because you have the added expense of gifts for family and friends on top of your regular monthly bills.
What is a Attic Radiant Barrier?
Radiant barriers are reflective services that prevent radiant heat from entering your home and can keep heat during the winter from escaping. They reflect heat instead of absorbing it as insulation does. Regular insulation does not stop heat loss, and only slows it down.
How It Works
When you combine a radiant barrier with traditional insulation and proper caulking and sealing, you stop heat from escaping during the winter. If installed on top of your insulation on your attic floor, barrier material bounces heat back into your home while you are running the heater. You’ll be able to reduce how much you use your heater because of this.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, attic radiant barriers can reduce your cooling cost by 5 to 10 percent. During the summer, when the sun’s radiant energy is baking your home’s shingles, that heat gets transferred into your home as your attic becomes hotter. Radiant barriers can reduce this heat transfer and keep that attic cooler.
Why Add a Radiant Barrier?
How well a radiant barrier will work depends on your home’s climate, sun exposure, and current insulation. If your home doesn’t have the best insulation, adding this barrier helps the effectiveness of your existing insulation. If your roof gets direct sunlight, you can reduce how much heat your home absorbs.
Radiant barriers are a good idea to add to barns and outbuildings with inadequate or non-existent insulation. It will help keep any flammable materials you are storing, like hay, insecticides, and fertilizer, at a safe temperature.
Another good reason for radiant barriers is if you have a home with ductwork in the attic because keeping your attic cool is critical. If your air conditioning ducts are too hot, your AC will have to work harder to keep your home cooler.
Still not convinced? Here are a few more facts that you may appreciate. With the right barrier, you can reflect up to 97% of solar radiation, and the hotter it is outside, the more effective the boundary is at heat reduction. By reducing attic temps, you increase the efficiency of ductwork and prolong the life of your HVAC systems.
Radiant barriers aren’t affected by humidity, which is perfect for the humid climate of North Carolina. They also don’t emit harmful particles that can damage your lungs, eyes, and skin while handling it during the installation process. You won’t have to worry about settling as you do with traditional installation.
Call a Leading Provider
Home Services North Carolina is a leading provider of air duct cleaning, mold remediation, crawl space encapsulation, dryer vent cleaning, and attic radiant barriers in North Carolina. Our services aim to help you create a healthy living environment inside your home. For a free five-point healthy home inspection, contact us Monday through Saturday, from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM at (919) 872-9088.