Reflective types of home insulation are usually made up from aluminium, and are commonly known as “radiant barriers” which looks similar to metallic foil with a reflective surface. It is both extremely versatile and easy to install, although you can also have it fitted.
The main purpose for this sort of insulation is to put a stop to radiant heat transferring itself across open spaces. With top quality reflective insulation, it will lower power bills during the summertime, especially when it gets hot and during the winter months, It will keep the heat in the home inside of the building and once again, lower the cost of power bills
Every kind of insulation out there on the market will come with what is known as an “R-value.” The R-value is classified according to a particular piece of insulation’s thickness and density, and the R-value is measured by how the heat flows inside a home.
Radiant barriers are similar to all other types of insulation because they lower the amount of heat that enters or exits a home. Other types of insulation such as foil bubble insulation trap air inside the insulation, and don’t allow it to escape. This type of insulation works by decreasing the flow of heat around an open airspace.
Its Uses and Benefits
In addition, reflective insulation does not happen to absorb moisture and if employed in unison with another kind of insulation, it will keep the insulation drier and create a much better overall effect. This type can be installed and utilised in homes, commercial and recreational types of buildings.
There are numerous advantages to the use of reflective insulation, especially nowadays with the costs being so low. It also contains none of those itchy fibres which insulation in the past was made up of, and can be easily installed with the use of basic tools such as scissors, foil tape, a tape measure and in some cases a staple gun.
No Health Issues and where it can be used
The shiny reflective surface of this sort of insulation makes it unattractive to any birds who may fancy an unwelcome move into your attic! It is also not harmful to humans or animals and needs no masks or gloves when installing it due to it being non-toxic.
The differing locations where insulation can be used are places such as under rafters, on stud walls and on the sidewalls of metal buildings. It is effective in basements, around pipes and duct work and even under concrete slabs. Day to day things such as food storage and cooler boxes, air conditioning covers and outside in vehicle applications, all can yield benefit from the use of top quality reflective insulation.
Sometimes you will see insulation and not realise it. For example, paramedics use emergency blankets that are made from reflective insulation and the fire brigade protects themselves from the heat from big fires with this kind of insulation.