The team at Champion AC & Plumbing understands that any addition to your home is a big decision. We are always here to help you evaluate and determine the best solution for your heating and cooling needs. We want all of our customers to understand and know all of the options available to make your homes more comfortable and efficient.
Sometimes asking questions is the key to deeper understanding. While our technicians wish we could be there to answer all of your questions in person, we want it to be as easy as possible for you to get the information you need. We’ve compiled a list of some of the common questions and concerns our customers ask when deciding if a radiant barrier is right for their home.
Will My Roof Get Hotter When I Have a Radiant Barrier in My Attic?
While you may think that the reflected heat from the radiant barrier will heat up your roof, it has been proven that homes with radiant barriers have seen no change in their roof temperatures. The heat simply conducts outside and dissipates. It is important to note that your roof can be warm – especially in the summer months – but it will not be hotter due to the radiant barrier.
Do I Have to Remove My Existing Insulation to Install a Radiant Barrier?
Radiant barriers are not a replacement for your existing insulation. In fact, they are designed to help your insulation perform more efficiently and keep the cool air inside your home. By reflecting extra heat away, radiant barriers even contribute to a decrease in your energy bills!
Will the Aluminum Corrode and Lose Effectiveness?
While many things we stick up in our attics tend to deteriorate over time, radiant barriers show no sign of corrosion over time. Testing has proven that radiant barriers show no signs of breakdown for at least ten years. You’ll be able to count on maximum performance for many years to come.
Do I Need a Radiant Barrier When I Already Have Insulation in My Attic?
Insulation is an essential component of regulating your air temperature, but radiant barriers can be added to your existing insulation to make it even more efficient. You may not need a radiant barrier, but it has several advantages for your home. Lower energy bills, more comfortable living spaces and reduced AC stress are just a few of the things you’ll experience when you add a radiant barrier to your home.
How Does the Radiant Barrier Keep Me Warm In the Winter?
Radiant barriers aren’t just for the summer months! Their aluminum material acts as a thin insulation layer over your home. That means that whatever temperature your home is, the barrier keeps it inside. If you are using your heater to warm your home, then the barrier keeps that warmth in. Think of your home like a baked potato: the foil around the outside of the potato keeps all the warmth inside.
More Radiant Barrier Questions?
Our team at Champion AC & Plumbing is always happy to answer any questions you may have. We are dedicated to helping you make the best decisions for your home, so we will always show up if you need an evolution or some advice about radiant barriers in your Austin home. When you need radiant barrier services, contact us!