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Radiant Barrier

radiant barrier

A Radiant Barrier, sometimes referred to as radiant barrier insulation. It consists of a highly reflective material that reflects radiant heat rather than absorbing it. Use of a radiant barrier is a smart way to reduce attic temperatures and cut cooling costs. It slows the movement of heat by reflecting radiant energy. To slow conductive heat loss we need insulation. Heat always moves from hot to cold. Mostly by conduction, convection and radiation.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, a radiant barrier works best when it is perpendicular to the energy striking it. Also, the greater the temperature difference between the sides of the material. Is the greater the benefits a radiant barrier can offer.  Since insulation can only absorb radiant heat, it just slows it down.

On the other hand, because they reflect virtually all of the heat. It will greatly reduce the total amount of heat that is radiated from your ceiling down into the house.  Since radiant heat plays a large role in our comfort. It is usually most beneficial to address that component first.

Here at J Ferg, we pride ourselves in customer service. If you are uncomfortable in your home due to heat. Call us today and we will schedule a free energy audit to pinpoint the troubled areas.

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