Radiant Barriers Save Utility Costs

July 4, 2011

As spring turns to summer, homeowners begin to prep their air conditioners to face the coming heat. Unlike other parts of the country, in our climate, utility costs increase when outside temperatures rise.

To reduce those costs, you want to keep as much heat out of your home as possible. The biggest heat absorbing surface is the roof. When it is exposed to the hot sun 12 to 15 hours a day, it soaks up a lot of heat. Installing a reflective radiant barrier inside your attic is one of the best solutions against heat buildup.

Radiant barriers have actually been used in homes since the 1920’s, but today’s version was originally developed by NASA to protect astronauts from the extreme temperatures in outer space. Radiant barrier material is a lightweight foil that usually comes in rolls that can be attached under the roof or across the attic floor. A radiant barrier is inexpensive and easy to install and will save you up to 12% on your air conditioning costs.

Radiant barriers are approved by the U. S. Government’s Energy Star program for energy efficiency, so they’re both good for the environment and your wallet.

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