Having a radiant barrier installed in your San Antonio home can be extremely beneficial, especially since Southern Texas can experience intense summer heat. In order to fully comprehend what a radiant barrier can do, it’s important to first understand exactly what it is. Radiant barrier is a type of insulation, usually installed in the attic, made of a highly reflective material that deflects radiant heat. Ordinary insulation only blocks convection and conduction heat, so when your home has no radiant barrier, the sun’s heat more easily penetrates your attic walls and raises the overall temperature of your home. With radiant barrier protection, however, almost all of that radiant heat is blocked.
So how exactly does this affect you and your home? Well, since radiant heat transfer is the leading cause of energy loss in the home, this can lead to significant savings on your monthly utility bills. During the hot summers, your home won’t get as warm, which means your air conditioning won’t have to work as hard to keep the house cool. Conversely, in cooler weather, the radiant barrier will keep heat from escaping through the ceiling so your furnace won’t have to run as long or as often to maintain your desired temperature. Because of its energy efficiency, having a radiant barrier installed in your home can even help you qualify for federal energy tax credits.
Radiant barrier insulation also yields many other benefits. It will never need to be replaced and requires no maintenance on your part. Unlike other insulations that absorb moisture, radiant barriers repel it. This means you don’t have to worry about mildew or other moisture damage. Additionally, radiant barriers don’t contain any dangerous fibers or asthma-causing allergens, and they won’t release harmful gas like other insulations can.
So, if saving money with a safe, eco-friendly upgrade to your home’s insulation system is your goal, then having a radiant barrier installed is your answer. At Tip Top Construction, we offer our own exclusive line of radiant barrier protection, Bella Foil™, which can save you up to 25 percent on your energy bills the first year after installation. If you are interested in purchasing a radiant barrier for your San Antonio home, contact Tip Top Construction today to learn more.