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Old 08-28-2011, 08:50 AM   #1
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Does Mirror act as Radiant Barrier like Alum?

I have Googled and researched but not come up with a yes or no answer. The sites all say radiant barriers reflect heat/energy "like a mirror reflects light." It would seem common sense that mirrors would reflect heat/energy, too, but when the grandkids ask, I want the correct answer. I see this question coming up along with solar heating, swamp coolers, etc. Before I let them move a heavy spare mirror to the south side of the dog house to test it out, it would be nice to know whether it is worth it or not.


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Old 08-28-2011, 02:22 PM   #2
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I have never performed the scientific method in experimenting with household mirrors and the south side of dog houses (thank god it is not the south end of the dog).

But it seems logical enough to assume you have the same properties at work as one would have with the reflective, aluminum coated radiant barrier.



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Thanks, AndyGump, for response.

I guess the grandkids can go ahead with setting up an experiment. If they get a demonstrable measurable result, I'll post it here later.
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