We have written several articles on what radiant barrier is, does radiant barrier work and why there are radiant barrier scams out there and in this article we will answer the question is there an alternative to radiant barrier?
The short answer is, YES! We first strongly suggest that you get an APS energy audit or SRP energy audit to identify and prioritize the best cost-saving upgrades for your home. The APS energy audit is great because energy auditors cannot make the same recommendations for each house (like a radiant barrier company does) and their recommendations are based on their findings of your home’s audit. Yes, Phoenix does get very hot in the summer, and yes, if you stand under a box with a 100 degree light shining down on your you are going to feel hotter without a radiant barrier than with one and those make for very convincing arguments for radiant barriers but on this occasion don’t let yourself rule out common sense and the FACTS about heat gain into your home.
So what are the alternatives to radiant barrier? That all depends on the price, assuming you have a quote in your hand for radiant barrier find your estimated cost savings by using our radiant barrier calculator.
Let’s say your radiant barrier costs around $2,500 by itself and from our calculator your savings is going to be $75 a year (do not be fooled into thinking the radiant barrier is going to save more than $200 a year if you live in a home less than 5,000 sq ft). So if you really are against getting a home energy audit or have a tight home and duct work system, I would recommend a solar hot water heater. Unlike radiant barriers, there are great APS and SRP rebates available plus state and federal tax incentives that make the cost of a solar water heater equal to a $2,500 radiant barrier! With a solar hot water heater, your annual savings are in the hundreds of dollars since water heating is usually the second biggest energy user after the heat pump. Radiant barriers can gather dust after a couple years in the attic, rendering them totally ineffective. Solar water heaters have 10 year manufacturer warranties plus if your water heater is old, it is replaced with a brand new one. In Phoenix, solar water heaters can supply hot water during most of the year, even during the winter. Phoenix solar hot water systems can be very cost-effective with quicker paybacks and ROI than radiant barrier and it is our favorite alternative to radiant barriers.
Green ID offers several types of solar water heaters depending on your existing system and needs. We offer a free solar hot water assessment of your home to help identify which system is right for your home. Feel free to give us a call to schedule your free, no obligation assessment today at (602) 684-0462 and we look forward to speaking with you soon.
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