Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Why Radiant Barrier?

In San Antonio most people don’t use their attic for much more than storing old Christmas decorations. Well, what if you could make your attic work for you? Hiring a local San Antonio roofing contractor to install a radiant barrier in your attic can finally put that wasted space to good use.

To understand the concept of the radiant barrier you must first understand how radiant heat works. Radiant heat is defined as being a direct source of heat that transfers to the nearest surface. While every object gives out a certain amount of radiant energy, in Texas our greatest source of radiant heat is the sun which beats down on your roof in those hot summer months, which causes your air conditioning system to work overtime and your energy costs to rise. The purpose of the radiant barrier is to reflect those rays, and heat, back toward the source thereby saving your air conditioning system the additional load and saving you on those energy costs!

The effectiveness of your radiant barrier is greatly dependent on correct installation. In order to ensure proper installation of your radiant barrier the best course of action is to hire a roofing contractor to perform the installation. Incorrect installation can lead to several factors that can reduce your radiant barriers effectiveness. If installed incorrectly your radiant barrier can collect dust which can reduce the efficiency up to 50%. Incorrect installation can also lead to moisture buildup between the barrier and existing insulation. Moisture retention will not only be detrimental to the effectiveness of the radiant barrier, but can also promote the growth of mold.

In short, when you are prepared to lower you energy costs and increase the life of your air conditioning system call your local San Antonio roofing contractor to schedule an appointment for radiant barrier installation.

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