In hot climates like San Antonio, TX, homeowners often double up on house insulation. That’s because traditional insulation – no matter efficient it is – can only slow down one source of energy loss, heat flow. It can’t do anything to prevent radiant heat transfer (the migration of the sun’s radiation), the number one cause of home energy loss.
Radiant barrier, on the other hand, works in ways that ordinary house insulation can’t. Using advanced emission-blocking technology, the metallic foil of radiant barrier blocks up to 97 percent of radiant heat transfer.
When radiant barrier is combined with fiberglass blankets, cellulose spray foam, or any other type of traditional house insulation, it can help reduce your overall heating and cooling costs. You’ll notice savings all throughout the year:
- In summer and early fall, your air conditioner won’t have to work as hard. The reflective foil will block up all but a fraction of the radiant heat that comes from the San Antonio sun.
- In winter and early spring, your heater won’t have to replace heat that escapes through your roof. The radiant barrier acts as a space blanket, keeping your much-needed warmth inside.
Despite what many homeowners believe about retrofitting projects, it’s quite simple to combine your current house insulation with radiant barrier. In fact, Energy Star notes that the attic is the easiest place to add new insulation! The foil sheets are quite malleable, so they conform easily to any configuration. In most cases, the home energy experts at Tip Top Construction can handle the entire project in just one to two days. And because the sheets are mold and moisture-resistant, they’ll never need to be replaced!
Our team would be happy to answer any questions you have about adding radiant barrier to your San Antonio, TX house insulation system. For more information, call us today.