You may already know that the radiant barrier is a very effective way to maximize your energy money by keeping warm air inside your home during winter and warm air from entering your home during summer. The magic is in the 99% aluminum film that covers a woven polyester mesh lining.
The radiant barrier works in conjunction with your traditional attic insulation to reduce air flow.
The same logic applies when the product is used elsewhere, such as in a chicken coop or doghouse. Mass-produced doghouses may be made of durable plastic, but they offer little to no protection from freezing temperatures. Animals can be out of the wind, but they have no way of retaining the heat necessary to avoid freezing and are much less comfortable.
If you build your own doghouse, you have the opportunity to incorporate some insulation, to make it airtight, and some radiant barrier. When used on all four sides of a doghouse, as well as on the roof, the aluminum insulation will reflect the dog’s body heat onto the animal, acting as a source of thermal heat. If the doghouse is lifted off the ground (as is the case in many parts of the colder states where snow can grow), there is also an opportunity to insulate the bottom of the doghouse.
People may forget that their external animals are not really capable of taking care of themselves. Animals rely heavily on humans to take care of them and make sure they are kept out of harm’s way. As owners who are committed to pets, we must honor our commitment even when we grow weary of responsibility.