Solar Attic Blankets Guide


What Are Solar Attic Blankets?

These are pretty much a type of the most popular radiant barriers used to reduce the cost of cooling homes in hot climates.

Where Can I Install My Solar Attic Blanket?

The best time to install a solar blanket is in a new build home, however that doesn’t mean you can install one in your current home, as long as you have decent attic space, especially ideal in open attic spaces.

How Do Solar Attic Blankets Work?

Most solar barriers are made up of reflective material of a high grade that reflect away heat instead of taking it on.

Normally heat moves in a predicted motion, it moves from a warm part of a building to a cool part of the building via a number of means, including conduction, convention and radiation.

Understanding Heat Movement

The three heat transmitting movements are described below with some examples to help you understand them better:

Conduction: this is when heat moves from one object to the other by touch, for example when a hot food plate can warm your hand when you hold it.

Convention: This the effect of gas or even liquid rising when heated up, moving the heat along with it. An example would be when you have a hot bath, it tends to be warmest at the top, though it moves around, creating a conventional current.

Radiation: this is when heat travels in a straight line and heats up anything solid in its way. the perfect example is the suns heat, which is often referred to as solar radiation.

Solar Attic Blankets are usually aimed at reducing the effect of radiation heat, which is why they are referred to as radiant barriers.