Do You Need Insulation With Radiant Barrier?

Jan 12, 2021

Do You Need Insulation With Radiant Barrier

There are two key products that can help insulate your attic to make your home more energy efficient: fiberglass insulation and reflective radiant barrier. Though each can be installed on its own, they are meant to complement each other due to the different ways they insulate. Let’s take a closer look at both.

Fiberglass Insulation

Traditional fiberglass insulation works via conductive insulation. Conductive insulation refers to heat that transfers between objects that are touching each other. Fiberglass insulation, therefore, covers the attic floor to prevent heat from the attic from entering the home.

Radiant Barrier Insulation

In contrast, radiant barrier uses reflective attic insulation. Covering the sidewalls and roof, radiant barrier reflect heats out of the attic, keeping this notoriously hot space cool. This is especially beneficial if your HVAC is located in the attic, as it will be able to run more efficiently.

Complementary Benefits

In sum, fiberglass insulation reduces heat loss and gain for the interior of your home, while radiant barrier insulation keeps your attic cool in the warm and hot seasons, and warm in the winter. With both of these products installed, you can certainly improve your home’s thermal performance and reap a return on investment with lower monthly energy bills.

Home Energy Efficiency Experts

Texas Pro Insulators offers both fiberglass insulation and radiant barrier. In fact, these are two key components of our “Perfect Attic System,” a comprehensive solution that can deliver energy savings of up to 25–35% and comes with a lifetime guarantee. To learn more about fiberglass insulation, radiant barrier, or our other home energy efficiency products, contact Texas Pro Insulators today.