What Makes a Radiant Barrier Different from Other Kinds of Insulation?

One of the services that we offer to homes in the area is the installation of insulation. Our installers handle a number of different types of insulation to help ensure that each home as the right type of heat barrier to keep it cooled down in the summer and warm during the colder months of the years.

One of the insulation solutions that we offer is a radiant barrier. These installations are different in a number of ways from the conventional batt and blown-in insulation we use for homes, as we’ll explain.

The radiant barrier difference

Standard insulation, such as the familiar fiberglass batts (the “pink fluffy stuff”) acts as a thermal barrier: it slows down the movement of heat. Heat can move in three different ways: convection, conduction and radiation. Standard insulation affects convection (movement through air) and conduction (movement through contact). However, it doesn’t do much good against radiation, which is movement through a space without heating the space between. When you feel heat coming off black pavement, you’re feeling radiant heat.

Unfortunately, radiant heat is a serious issue in Texas, because the sun shines down most of the year onto our rooftops, and this radiant energy can boost the temperature in an attic to tremendous levels, which will then seep down into the rest of the house. A radiant barrier can reduce this, since it’s designed specifically to affect radiant heat. Instead of slowing down the movement of heat, the barrier reflects the heat away. With a radiant barrier installed in your roof (and another insulation layer along the floor of the attic) you can significantly reduce heat gain that comes through the top of your house. And that means greater comfort and less use of the air conditioning during the year.

You must have professionals put in a radiant heating barrier for your home. Contact Justice Air Conditioning & Heating in Corpus Christi, TX and let us arrange the work for you.

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