Flooring at home is often taken for granted. We trudge through in all weathers, traipsing in dirt and dust, moving around furniture, and occasionally spilling food and drink. It is then subjected to harsh chemicals as we attempt to clean it, or, if all hope is lost, is simply replaced.
It is a fundamental aspect of our homes in terms of style and function, however, did you also know that it could be the ideal solution to keeping your home warm throughout the winter months? As you look to increase your use of central heating, your energy bills are likely to increase, but if you maximise all that your flooring can provide, you could save some vital cash.
When your flooring is initially installed, you may have had underlay fitted underneath, although this is more typically used with laminate flooring instead of solid wood or carpet. This will provide an element of insulation to the room, however, it is primarily used as a way to level and secure the new flooring. There are additional ways to enhance the overall insulation level of your flooring that will keep the space warm, and help to reduce your energy bills.
Floor insulation requires placing insulating materials – like those built into walls on many home development programs – to help keep your home warm and reduce the possibility of draughts. Energy Saving Trust found that effective flooring could help you save on average £40 a year in energy bills, which will definitely come in handy as the winter months close in.
For any first floor rooms, or above, it is not necessary to have floor insulation installed unless they are situated above a room that is not heated – such as a garage.
If you don’t think that floor insulation is a suitable option for you, then why not consider having an underfloor heating system installed. They are proven to be significantly more energy efficient than traditional radiators and will keep your feet feeling warm as you walk across the room.
Underfloor heating pipes will cover almost the entire floor plan of the room, which means that, as the heat rises, the room will become warmer, quicker. These systems often run at low temperatures to help keep them regulated, so your heating bill will also be significantly lower.
The Choice is Yours.
Before you even consider what lies beneath, even your choice of flooring could help to keep the heat in and reduce those energy bills.
Underfloor heating systems can be applied to both tile and stone flooring, and laminates. Some flooring specialists will say that certain wood flooring can be used in conjunction with underfloor heating, but this is up for debate.
Carpet is naturally more insulating than these alternative flooring types due to the amount of fabric in them. Because of this, they are generally more energy efficient. They also help to make a room feel more comfortable, as they are soft underfoot and even have soundproofing benefits.
The Little Things
Sometimes, the devil really is in the little details for issues like this. Draught excluders, for example, will help to prevent any cool breezes from escaping under door frames and cooling the floor space. You can also buy draught sealant for floor gaps around skirting boards relatively cheaply from your local DIY shop.
If a room has more furniture in it, then it tends to be warmer, however, this does not mean every nook and cranny should be filled. Simple steps, such as the addition of a plush rug are not only comfortable underfoot, but they will also help to keep the room feeling warm and cosy.
At Nailsea Flooring we have over 20 years experience providing flooring solutions for both domestic and commercial clients. We’ve got the craft of floor fitting down to an art, so why not contact the team today for more information and a free no hassle, no obligation quote.