How Do Radiant Barriers Work?

How Do Radiant Barriers Work?

Sacramento summers are hot, there’s no way around it. In fact, we could say the same thing about the entirety of Central California. We’ve heard from many of our local homeowners they just want to push the heat away from their home. What if we told you there’s a product that can do exactly that? It’s real and it’s called a radiant barrier. If you want to know how it works, we can give you a short answer and a long answer. Short answer, radiant barriers are heavy duty reflective material that deflects any heatwaves coming for your home. For the long answer, we’re just going to have you read below.

What are Radiant Barriers?

Simply put, radiant barriers are made from industrial strength aluminum foil engineered to block thermal radiation from the sun and reverse heat transfer. On an average hot summer day, a Sacramento attic can easily reach triple digits. It isn’t long before that heat begins to radiate into the rest of your home. The results of this are twofold. First, it will make your home hotter. And second, it will force your AC to work twice as hard to cool your home. Even with proper insulation, we recommend a radiant barrier. Why? Insulation is great for keeping a home warm but isn’t the best solution for blocking heat from your home. Radiant barriers are a natural way to keep your home cool and your HVAC system running at peak efficiency.

How do Radiant Barriers Work?

Radiant barriers act almost like a mirror. As heatwaves seek out and transfer to your roof, radiant barriers block that heat from entering your home and sends it back into the atmosphere. Heat moves in a very specific way. Through a combination of radiation, convection, and conduction. It travels in a straight line and targets objects that are cooler in temperature. For example, your roof and attic. When a radiant barrier is installed in your home, it acts as a shield and pushes sun’s radiance—and any other heat transfer—away from your home.

Why Should I consider a Radiant Barrier?

There are many reasons Sacramento homeowners should consider investing in a radiant barrier. One of the best benefits is that it saves money over time. By naturally cooling your home, your HVAC system is allowed to work at peak efficiency which saves the homeowner on repairs and utility bills. Most homeowners can expect to see savings of between 5% and 10% on their cooling bills after they install a radiant barrier. Also, you can expect to save on HVAC repairs. Just like cars, HVAC systems can wear out over time and use. Radiant barriers allow your HVAC system to stay cool, take a rest, and run to the best of its capability. Another way radiant barriers help is by keeping your ductwork cool. If your ductwork is located in the attic, a radiant barrier will help stop some needless wear and tear on your duct system.

Want to learn more about Radiant Barriers? Call Bell Brothers!

Now that you know how radiant barriers work, it’s time to call Bell Brothers to see if the option is right for you. Our technicians are friendly, smart, and interested in finding the best solution for your home. To schedule an appointment, call the number at the top of the screen. We can’t wait for your call!