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The Radiant Barrier: A Layer Of Protection Between You And The Texas Sun

September 20, 2011 | Blog

Proper home insulation will quickly prove to be one of the most beneficial investments you can make for your home.  Insulation makes you feel more comfortable, saves you money, and isn’t a very expensive investment to make, all things considered.  Here is some useful information about radiant barriers that may help you decide if these are right for your South Texas home.

Technically, a radiant barrier isn’t insulation, but it keeps your home cool by reflecting the sun’s radiation away from your house.  This kind of barrier is also referred to as a heat blocker, and its function is quite simple.  Aluminum is a reflective metal, so it’s used in this application to block heat from entering your home.

There are two main types of radiant barriers.  The first is when aluminum foil sheets are bonded to sheathing or foam board and installed in the attic.  The second is a spray-on type of radiant barrier that accomplishes the same reflective quality without the extra labor required to maintain the aluminum sheets.  This makes the spray-on option more desirable for most Texas homeowners.

A radiant barrier installed in your insulated attic can lower the temperatures in the space by up to 30 degrees.  This is a significant amount of heat that will be kept out of your home and result in less of a draw on your air conditioning when it’s hot.  States with warm climates such as Texas benefit the most from radiant barriers because they reduce heat gain.  In colder areas, heat gain is important for lowering the burden on the homeowner’s furnace in the winter, but that’s hardly a concern in Corpus Christi.

At CCAC, Inc., we install the spray-on type radiant barrier and coat the bottom of the roof deck.  We don’t offer foil-type radiant barrier installations because the labor factor outweighs the extra efficiency of the foil.  We are Constantly Concerned About Customers, and you can contact our office for an affordable, reliable radiant barrier installation.

Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).  For more information about radiant barriers and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.

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