If you’ve ever been up on a roof you know how hot it gets. Attics also get hot, especially here in the Houston area. Radiant barrier insulation is part of the solution that keeps that heat (or cold) from penetrating your living space. Other parts of a total solution that’s proven to lower electricity bills are to ensure proper ventilation in your attic as well as having enough insulation installed.
What Is Radiant Barrier Insulation?
A radiant barrier reflects radiant heat. Radiant heat is the heat that transfers from one side of something to another. For instance, your roof is baking in the summer sun. Those shingles, felt paper, and roof sheathing radiate heat downward into the attic. If you were to go into the attic and press your palm against the wood of the ceiling, it would be warm to the touch.
The hotter that attic gets, the more heat is trapped in your home. Without proper insulation, it will begin to enter your living spaces. Your air conditioning then has to work harder (which costs more) to maintain a comfortable temperature.
But when a radiant barrier is placed between the inside roofing materials and the floor insulation, less heat enters the attic. With a radiant barrier, a sizeable portion of the radiant heat is reflected back toward the roof and very little of it is emitted downwards.
Attic temps stay cooler and the insulation is more effective at its job.
In the past, a traditional shingle roof called for the radiant barriers to be stapled to the under part of the roof rafters. But that was only as effective as the stapling and sealing of that crew.
At Holden Energy Solutions, we use a liquid that looks like a white, chalky paint. Our HeatBloc-Ultra has the lowest (best) emissivity rating of any liquid product on the market today.
What Is Emissivity and Why Should It Matter to Homeowners?
All materials give off or radiate heat when sunlight hits them, some more than others. Emissivity is the number used to express how much heat a surface radiates. The higher the emissivity number, the more heat it’s capable of radiating.
Radiant barriers have a low emissivity. Their purpose is to block radiant heat. But even though they all have a low emissivity, they don’t all have the same emissivity. HeatBloc Ultra, the product we use, has the lowest rating of any liquid barrier. Which if you’re trying to keep your attic cool and your cooling bills down, is just what you’re looking for.
Advantages of a Holden Energy Solutions’ Radiant Barrier Insulation
- HeatBloc Ultra blocks 81% of radiant heat from the sun from entering the attic
- Plywood alone lets in 90% of the sun’s radiant heat, while HeatBloc Ultra cuts that down to only 19%
- Less heat means a cooler attic and more efficient cooling of the rest of your home
- Our products come with a strong warranty from a company that will be around to service them if need be
- We have secured financing through Owens Corning for anyone with a 550 credit score or higher, making our solutions truly affordable.
Don’t go through another sweltering season paying extremely high electric bills. Make an affordable investment in your home and your own comfort by contacting us today for a free home energy inspection or by simply filling in the form on this page.