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Pros and Cons of Radiant Barrier Insulation

Pros and Cons of Radiant Barrier Insulation

December 6, 2019

pros and cons of radiant barrier insulation

Radiant barrier insulation is a little different from the more common types of insulation. Unlike fiberglass or cellulose insulation, radiant barrier does not rely on density for insulation. Instead, it is made of a reflective, foil-type material that redirects heat away from your home or redirects it into your home. This new technology is an effective form of insulation and can save homeowners a lot on energy bills. However, like all types of insulation, radiant barrier has both pros and cons. The team at DFW Thermal has created a helpful list so that you can make an informed choice.

The Pros

  1. It Prevents Radiant Heat

The reason this type of insulation is called “radiant barrier insulation” in the first place is because it eliminates radiant heat. When the sun beats down on your home, its rays are what create radiant heat or radiant energy. This type of heat accounts for a lot of the heat gain in your home. Heat can also be gained through conductive and convective heat—insulation such as fiberglass and cellulose prevent this heat gain. But radiant barrier insulation prevents radiant heat, which other types of insulation cannot do.

  • They Are Effective in Hot Climates

If you live in a hotter region such as the Dallas-Fort Worth area, then radiant barrier insulation is a great option. It can reduce up to 10 percent on heating costs when used in sunny, warm climates, according to the Department of Energy. This allows your air conditioner to work more effectively and keeps your home cool during hotter days.

  • Does Not Attract Mold

One of the great things about this type of insulation as opposed to cellulose is that it won’t attract mold. While cellulose and fiberglass materials are prone to moisture and mold growth, the radiant barrier insulation’s material does not allow for the growth of this type of fungus.

  • Does Not Degrade Overtime

Radiant barrier insulation also does not deteriorate overtime. Other types of insulation might be more prone to moisture, mold and even pests, causing them to degrade quickly. However, radiant barrier insulation does not have that issue.

The Cons

  1. It Isn’t as Effective in Colder Climates

While radiant barrier insulation is effective and energy-efficient in hotter climates, it might not be as effective in colder climates. If you live a cold area or if you have bouts of sudden cold weather, it might be best to use thermal insulation along with radiant barrier insulation or use thermal insulation on its own.

  • It Does Not Tackle Conductive Heat Gain

While radiant barrier insulation is effective in preventing radiant heat, it will not be able to prevent heat gain that occurs through convective and conductive means. Because of that you might want to insulate your home with thermal insulation, especially your attic.

  • Prone to Dust and Dirt

While radiant barrier insulation is not prone to mold, it is certainly prone to dust and dirt. Dust buildup can be harmless, but it can reduce the efficiency of your radiant barrier insulation.

Learn More about Radiant Barrier Insulation with DFW Thermal

If you want to learn more about the pros and cons of radiant barrier insulation, get in touch with the pros at DFW Thermal! Call us today at 214-731-3115 or schedule an appointment with us online!