Talk of Radiant Barriers

The importance and impact of radiant barriers can be seen by evaluating your utility bills before and after the installation. If you are considering installing radiant barriers so you too can experience the cost savings, contact Expert Air today to schedule your evaluation, professional installation, or to have any questions answered.

Simply put, the hotter the temperatures, the more effective the radiant barrier. You can save 5-17% on cooling bills by investing in radiant barriers. Over time, the effect the radiant barrier has, pays for itself in overall cost savings. You will basically be paying yourself to be more comfortable.

What is a Radiant Barrier

How the radiant barrier works is simple physics. It’s made of an aluminum surface that reflects heat back to where it originated. From the sun to beating down on your roof, the heat seeps through the surface into the attic, which works into the rest of the house, creating more need and overhaul on the air conditioning system. The radiant barrier reflects the heat from the roof back to the sun, thus not allowing the same intensity of heat to penetrate the roof

Another cost saving of the radiant barrier is the impact saved on the air conditioning unit. Again, no radiant barrier means more heat in your home or business, and the ac unit runs more to compensate, but with a radiant barrier, the ac unit doesn’t have to work as hard or as often.  Less wear and tear on the ac unit means more savings long-term for the consumer.

A note to remember when considering investing in a radiant barrier is that it MUST be installed correctly to be effective, so before you attempt to do-it-yourself, consider what a waste it would be if you did it wrong. Worry not about installation by trusting the certified technicians at Expert Air.

The Heat Levels

Although there is currently not a standardized industry test for radiant barriers, there is a multitude of field studies that have similar results that show 16-42% reduction in ceiling heat in attic when comparing attics with R-19 insulation with a radiant barrier versus the same insulation with no installed radiant barrier. Attic heat represents approximately 15-25% of the total cooling load on the house.

 

In Texas, where we have plenty of intense heat majority of the year, placing the extra protection against thermal radiation is one of the best ways to keep heat out of your home. The radiant barrier is an excellent addition to your home insulation. Radiant barriers offers cost-savings for residential and commercial consumers.

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Things to Know About Electricity in Home Renovations

Electricity is a beautiful commodity that we require for many things of comfort and functionality in everyday activities.  Electricity is also dangerous when mishandled.  Dangerous to the point of deadly, so below are a few things professional electricians want you to know prior to any Do-It-Yourself projects.

 

·         Circuit Overload is Easily Possible. During home renovations, do your homework and ask the professionals on proper switches and outlets location. 

·         Savings Now May Cost More Later. Choosing DIY when not experienced will cost you more in the long run.  You may think YouTube channels of steps and materials is the way to go.  Your lack of knowledge will likely result in further damage.  Once this is accomplished, you will need help with the repair. Cost of professional repair plus cost of what you spent, plus potential for more costly repair due to your negligent actions equates to more money spent. 

·         Follow Code Requirements. Home renovations may require changes to electricity.  If you don’t know code, you put your home in danger of hazards, and electricity codes are in place for a reason.  Certified electricians are required to be up-to-date on all codes. Do your research, ask for guidance, or call the professionals at Expert Air.

·         Cutting Corners is Costly. When it comes to home renovations, the lack of skill and knowledge of DIY results can just be an eye sore like a bad paint job, but when playing with electricity, the error can cause injury, fire, or death.  Saving money by doing it yourself can cost more than money can buy.

·         Tying Into an Existing Circuit can be Problematic. Electrical design is systematic, so it’s often not wise to tie into an existing circuit.  Just because it’s there doesn’t mean you should use it.  Some circuits are meant to be separate.

·         Trust the Professionals. Training is necessary for knowledge and safety.  Certified electricians go through grueling years of continued education and hands-on training to maintain up-to-date methods.  Trust the professionals when it comes to the electricity in your home or office. 

 

Trust the certified electricians at Expert Air.  Keep your home safe and all your electricity functioning properly by calling Expert Air today.

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Inexpensive Electrical Changes to Save You Money

Electricity is a basic requirement in America, there is not much that can be done without having access to electricity.  As an essential utility, the options for style, fit, flair, and energy-efficient are plentiful.  Whether you have a smart home, or a house built 50-years ago, there are small efforts that can be made that will result in major financial savings

1.       USB-Functional Wall Outlets

a.       Convenience for charging all devices simultaneously

b.       Replace traditional 3-prong outlets

c.       Aesthetically pleasing to eliminate AC adapter clutter

2.       Switch to LED lighting inside your home

a.       7% of utility bill is for lighting

b.       Fastest way to impact utility bill

c.       Options include LED, CFLs, or Halogen Incandescent

d.       Outdoor lighting choose LEDs or CFLs

Halogen Incandescent bulbs are the least energy-efficient option for lighting but do meet minimum requirements. Great for dimmer options, keep it set low and save money.

CFLs are Compact Fluorescent Lights, commonly found in kitchen or garage, they use 1/3 of the energy than that of a Halogen Incandescent bulb.  CFLs will pay for themselves in less than 9 months, and then just keep saving you money for all the use after.

The most money saving, energy saving option today is Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs).  As compared to the other two options, LED lighting use only 20-25% of the energy and last up to 25 times longer than traditional incandescent bulbs.  LEDs use 25-30% of the energy and last 8 to 25 times longer than halogen incandescent lighting.

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HOW IS A RADIANT BARRIER DIFFERENT FROM OTHER TYPES OF INSULATION?

Having good insulation in your home is necessary for energy efficiency. In Texas, our summers are long and hot, and can reach consistent daytime temperatures over 100 degrees; this means your attic space can reach temperatures over 150 degrees from both the heat of the sun on your roof. Insulation in your walls, ceilings and attic help slow the transfer of heat into your home during the summer, but radiant heat can be hard to block. This is where the installation of a radiant barrier in Houston can be very helpful. However, for any kind of insulation to be effective, it’s important to have it properly installed. The NATE-certified technicians at Expert Air, Inc., can help you with all your insulation needs.

What Is a Radiant Barrier?

A radiant barrier is a type of hard-board insulation installed either just under your roof or against the walls of your attic space. The boards used are plywood or OSB boards with reflective aluminum sheathing on one side. When installed, the sheathing faces the interior of your home.

How Is a Radiant Barrier Different?

The job of your home’s insulation is to slow the transfer of heat – all kinds of heat. A radiant barrier’s job is to slow radiant heat – a specific heat that isn’t blocked as well by the insulation in your walls or ceiling. Radiant heat travels in a straight line away from any surface and heats anything solid that absorbs its energy. The best way to reduce this heat is to deflect it with a reflective surface, like the one described above. It is estimated that a radiant barrier can reflect up to 90% of the radiant heat that hits the barrier.

Benefits of a Radiant Barrier

There are several important benefits to installing a radiant barrier:

  • Can help reduce cooling (and heating) costs
  • Reduces the stress on your air conditioning system
  • Increases energy efficiency
  • Increases indoor comfort

A radiant barrier in Houston can be an important tool in achieving the energy efficiency you want for your home.

Interested to know what a radiant barrier can do for your home? Call the professionals at Expert Air today and schedule an appointment.

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