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Old 06-24-2013, 06:07 PM
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We are building a home. Is it worth it? The builder claims it reduces the electricity bill by 17%. It costs $825. Thoughts?
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Old 06-24-2013, 06:13 PM
 
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In a word, yes. I know two people who installed it. One in a large home, and one in a barn-type structure. In both cases the owners said ti made an immediate obvious difference in indoor temps.
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Old 06-25-2013, 06:59 AM
 
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I have heard good things about it actually. It's something we want to put in at some point.
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Old 06-25-2013, 07:02 AM
 
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We put it in - you can feel the difference in the attic. I believe we have made our money back on electric bills already.
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Old 06-25-2013, 11:44 AM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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Supposing you ran the air conditioning 8 months of the year with an average bill of $150 a month.

That would save approx $25 a month therefor keep the home more than 4 years you should then be saving money.

I mean an average $150 a month for the air conditioning, as in you save on your air conditioning part of your bill.

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Old 06-26-2013, 02:27 PM
 
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Default Definately Good in the South

Radiant barriers are no brainers in the South where A/C usage is high. Radiant barrier sheathing is nothing more than radiant barrier material affixed to regular sheathing. This is the fastest way to get the material in the attic as it's already on the sheathing that becomes your roof.

It's certainly not costing your builder $825 more for rb sheathing versus regular sheathing. This is the way new construction goes. Upgrades cost you money plus the builder profits a little on the material.

As I mentioned, I definitely think in your climate you should have a radiant barrier installed so here are your three options.

1. You can purchase radiant barrier products online from as low as $0.95/sq ft to $0.145/sq ft. and put it in yourself. Depending on your skill level you could save a few hundred dollars.

2. You have a company install your radiant barrier for you. This will cost you $1500 and up.

3. You let the builder install the sheathing, knowing your paying a little extra but at least it's done and you have it up and don't have to worry about it.

Where is your air conditioner unit and duct work going to be?
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Old 06-26-2013, 02:37 PM
 
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Yes. My in laws did it in their house and so did my BIL. Definitely worth it.
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