Keeping Warm with Carpet and Hardwood

Tis the season, and if you’re located in Michigan, you’ve already experience the first major snowfall of “winter.” Keeping warm in your house is more than just insulation and sealed windows, but also the types of flooring you have in. Whether you have carpet or hardwood flooring, there’s a way to keep warm when winter comes knocking at your door.

If you have carpet…

Before you get carpet installed, or if you’re adding a rug to the room during the cold months, make sure you include a carpet pad underneath. This prevents heat from escaping through the floorboards, and helps keep not only your toes, but also your home warmer. Thank carpet for providing a barrier from otherwise cold floors, as well as retaining the heat you add.

If you have hardwood floors or tile…

Before you get hardwood floors or tile installed in your room, consider discussing with your installer about adding a heating mechanism beneath them. Having heated floors during the winter can help you forget about the lack of carpet, and enjoy a stroll through the house sock less. But don’t expect sauna-like temperatures; heated flooring won’t burn you, but will change the temperature of the floor from cold, to a comfortable lukewarm.

Regardless your flooring preference, there’s no need to worry about the type in your house and how to keep warm when the weather outside is frightful.

November 30, 2011 News