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An Insulation Alternative: Radiant Barrier

Most people take insulation for granted. This fact isn't really surprising since it's something that goes largely unseen. When you think of this group of products, what first comes to mind? If it's the pink fiberglass stuff, you're not alone. However, did you know that there are many other types, and it's possible that you may be able to increase the efficiency of your home by installing some different insulating products in various places?

It's true; there are a variety of places in your home that you can place insulation. Commonly, it's already installed in the walls and hopefully also in the floor joists of the attic. In the case of the walls, it holds heat so that your home stays more comfortable. It functions largely the same way in the attic, except it holds heat as it rises, as heat naturally does. Many people lately have begun installing radiant barrier in the attic as well. This product can serve two purposes: stop heated or cooled air from escaping through the ceilings and stop unwanted heat from the sun from entering your home through the roof.

In addition to installing radiant barrier in the attic, you can also use it to wrap your hot water heater and your ductwork. Although radiant barrier isn't insulation in the traditional sense, it does prevent the transfer of radiant heat, which in the end will save you money. If you're looking for a way to make your home more efficient, this product is definitely the way to go.

Radiant barrier is also commonly referred to as reflective foil, and it is being used more and more in all areas of the country. Unfortunately, most people haven't heard a lot about it, so they continue to spend too much money each month heating or cooling their homes. If you are looking for a new type of insulation that can augment the fiberglass that's already installed, consider reflective foil installation from your local insulation contractor. You'll be glad you did.


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