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Radiant barriers are installed in homes — usually in attics — primarily to reduce summer heat gain and reduce cooling costs. The barriers consist of a highly reflective material that reflects radiant heat rather than absorbing it. They don’t, however, reduce heat conduction like thermal insulation materials.
Radiant barriers are more effective in hot climates than in cool climates, especially when cooling air ducts are located in the attic. Some studies show that radiant barriers can reduce cooling costs 5% to 10% when used in a warm, sunny climate. The reduced heat gain may even allow for a smaller air conditioning system. In cool climates, however, it’s usually more cost-effective to install more thermal insulation than to add a radiant barrier.
A better choice is insulation that comes in smaller chunks. The installer, taking his best firefighter pose, holds a large hose and blows the chunks into the attic. A large machine outside churns the chunks and uses air to blow them up through the hose.
The two main choices here are fiberglass and cellulose, and each has its advantages and disadvantages. They both insulate about the same, though, with R-vales in the 3 to 4 per inch range. Cellulose comes from recycled newspapers. Fiberglass comes from what I’ve heard one major fiberglass insulation manufacturer call a ‘rapidly renewable’ resource – sand. It’s a common insulation material that works much better in the blown form than in batts.
These are large pieces of insulation that hold together because they’re made of long, interweaving fibers with adhesive binders. The two kinds of batts you’re most likely to encounter are fiberglass and cotton. In terms of their insulating quality, they’re pretty much equivalent. Cotton batts, though, are ‘cool’ because they’re made of recycled blue jeans.
The problem with batts, however, is that they don’t work well because they don’t fill the space well. For the best performance, an insulation material needs to fill the whole space, with no gaps, voids, compression, or incompletely filled areas. Batts are about the worst you can do here.
Besides maximizing energy efficiency and saving you money, home insulation offers a number of benefits. Homes that are well insulated are more comfortable year round, are better for the environment (insulating your home is a great way to reduce the consumption of fossil fuels) and have potentially higher value than homes without enough insulation.
If your home needs more insulation, or if you want to find out why your energy bills are skyrocketing, Comfortable Home Energy Audits can perform an energy audit and install insulation in your home. Contact our insulation contractors today!
A professional insulation company or an energy auditing company like Comfortable Home Energy Audits can let you know if you need to install more insulation. However, there are a few ways you can check this for yourself. Signs your home isn’t adequately insulated include:
If you’ve been experiencing any of these, don’t wait – get your home checked out right away. You’ll be amazed at the difference a properly insulated home can make!