Despite years of tested research, some skeptics are still unaware of the true benefits of radiant barrier technology as it relates to the in home heating and cooling system. Radiant Barriers have been providing homeowners with lower energy bills for close to 30 years and have their purposes in the cooling system world much like the air conditioner or ventilation.
Radiant barriers block the suns heat rays that can enter into the attic through the roof. This heat then gets into the insulation of your roof and then transfers to any material touched by insulation, usually the roof, and now you have a higher energy bill because your attic is significantly hotter. Research shows that installing a radiant barrier on the inside of your roof could possibly reduce 97% of the heat that gets radiated from your roof to your insulation.
Before you select the proper Radiant Barrier system for your home, familiarize yourself with the facts and fiction of this technology. Below are the top 5 myths that continue to circulate about these barriers:
Truth – Radiant barriers may increase the temperature of your exterior roofline on a hot summer day by 2° to 5° as it reflects the sun’s rays from entering into the attic but it will NOT cook your shingles. On any given hot day, the temperature on shingles can range from 160° to 190° so the slight increase from the barriers are insignificant and does not quicken the degradation of your shingles.
Truth – Radiant barriers installed 30 years ago have not delaminated and are working to the fullest of their capacity. With a high end product like LoMit and the new advances in the type of adhesive used, there should be no concern about the longevity of the process.
Truth – Bubble products do not lose air and effectiveness over time. These are industrialized products with individual layers of bubbles sealed with polyester manufacturing air pockets incapable of losing air.
Truth – Many issues resulting from home maintenance actually comes from a moisture issue. If you have a moisture problem that was not properly taken care of before installation then chances are it is not going to go away after installation. Seal all holes in the ceiling, make sure vents are pointed upward away from insulation, and make sure all ductwork, HVAC appliances, and light fixtures are closed properly.
Truth – It’s extremely difficult for a home to accrue enough dust in an attic area to reduce the reflective worth of aluminum. In the past, one-sided aluminum did serve as an issue over time in regards to dust accrual, however, these days double-sided aluminum is installed allowing for longer reflectivity of the heat. The end result is you will always have about 97% of heat transfer rejected when you have radiant barriers installed.
We want to help you learn about about all things air conditioning and heating! Have any questions or want to see us write about something? Give us a call, chat, or email and we'll do our best to help you out.
I wanted to make sure my air conditioner was ready for summer. Fernando came out and made sure my unit was tip top. He was friendly, professional and not a sales man. Thanks Fernando!
Colin and Andrea were incredibly professional and knowledgeable. They did a great job representing the company. We will definitely contact them again for any HVAC needs that arise.
We woke up in the middle of the nite on memorial day to a hot house. I called precision at 6am and they were here before noon. Simple problem fixed, cool house. I love these guys!
Thank you Ray at Precision Air...the compressor on our AC went out last night and the house was HOT. This morning Ray was there to replace the compressor and had us feeling the cool air again in no time. Great customer service...quick response time and friendly from the first call until the repair was completed. Ray even offered to clean the filters! Thank you!!
I’m so glad I called Precision for my annual AC checkup!! Austin was professional, super friendly and answered all my questions. I’ve had more bad experiences with AC companies here in the valley than good ones. Precision Air will have all my hvac business going forward!! Thanks for being a reputable and honest company!!!
He did a great job; professional and knowledgeable! Kalin is the technician’s name and Precision Air and Plumbing should take a bow for hiring such an invaluable employee!!!
Precision Air is a company of integrity. I signed up with them August 1st, 2019 for their AC maintenance plan for 2 years... Someone from their office called me a week ago to set up their yearly maintenance visit. SO GRATEFUL.
Precision Air and Plumbing is a wonderful company to work with! They are very experienced and professional. They have helped us in our home for many years via a/c service and air duct cleaning.
It was time to replace our AC, and so our choice was Precision Air, as we've been with them for over 20 years. Teman & Julian did an excellent job on the installation today, arriving on time.