Radiant Barrier Installment
Are you looking for a way to lower your energy bills and improve the comfort of your indoor space? If so, it may be time to call ATA Insulation & Remodelling to talk about Radiant Barriers. But what exactly are radiant barriers and how do they work to reduce your energy bills? Let’s take a look!
What are Radiant Barriers?
A Radiant barrier is “a type of building product that reflects thermal radiation” (according to Wikipedia). Radiant barriers are most commonly installed in attics and are designed to reduce cooling costs in the summer months. They are made of reflective materials that are designed to reflect heat instead of absorbing it.
How do Radiant Barriers work?
Heat moves through your home in three ways: conduction (when objects touch), convection (through the movement of air), and radiation (through electromagnetic waves). Radiant barriers use reflective materials to help prevent heat transfer by radiation. It’s really that simple.
What are the different types of Radiant Barriers?
There are several different types of radiant barriers, but they all have one thing in common - they all consist of highly reflective materials. Most are made from aluminum foil that is applied to plastic films, cardboards, or even kraft papers. Some radiant barriers may also be fibre-reinforced, and others may be combined with a variety of insulation materials.
Why should you hire a professional to install radiant barriers?
Not many people take on the installation of radiant barriers as a DIY project. The main reason for this is because in order for them to be effective, they require proper and precise installation. Radiant barriers, for example, will only work if they face an airspace. When pressed between two surfaces, these barriers actually turn into heat conductors. Radiant barriers also conduct electricity, so it’s important to avoid making contact with any bare electrical wiring. If contact is made, results can be deadly. You also don’t want to install barriers anywhere that they are likely to attract dust, because dust can drastically reduce the efficiency of your barrier. And on top of all that, you need to make sure that your new barriers adhere to all fire codes.
At ATA Insulation & Remodelling, we can take the guesswork out for you. We can have your new barriers installed quickly, safely, and efficiently so that you can enjoy better cooling within your home, and lower energy bills!