At Alamance Insulation and Gutters, we’re qualified to help with all your insulation needs. One of the many services we provide is installing radiant barrier insulation. It may be time to consider installing radiant barriers in your home. This type of insulation can decrease summer heat gain and therefore decrease the cost to cool your home. What is radiant barrier insulation?

Radiant barriers are typically installed in attics, and they are made of material that reflects heat rather than absorbs it. Usually, radiant barriers are made of aluminum foil and they can be combined with other materials in reflective insulation systems. The effectiveness of this type of insulation strongly depends on the installation, so we recommend relying on a certified installer. However, it is possible to install radiant barrier insulation on your own. Make sure that you follow instructions closely, and pay close attention to safety precautions.

While it is easier to install radiant barriers in a new home, it is still possible to install them in your current home. If you have an open attic, installing this type of insulation will be easier. It is important to note that the reflective foil used in radiant barriers will conduct electricity, so you must avoid touching or making any contact with electrical wiring. Also, be aware that the reflective capacity of this type of insulation is affected by dust accumulation; make sure that your radiant barrier is installed so that dust cannot easily gather on the reflective surface. You should avoid installing radiant barrier insulation on top of attic floor insulation, since this will accumulate dirt faster.

Most clients choose to install radiant barriers when they live in hot climates, since this type of insulation helps to reduce cooling costs. In cooler climates, typically it is more cost-effective to add additional thermal insulation rather than to add radiant barrier insulation. If you need help determining which type of insulation is best for your home, call Alamance Insulation today.

At Alamance Insulation, we have over 20 years of experience in the insulation and home performance industries. We provide insulation products and services to customers throughout North Carolina, from Greensboro, Burlington, Elon and Mebane to Chapel Hill, Durham, and Raleigh. Let Alamance Insulation install radiant barriers in your home today!