Warming Up to Wood Floors: Dispelling the Myths of Carpeting

Louisville heating and coolingWith winter creeping in, you may be kicking yourself for choosing hardwood floors for your house. Maybe you visualize the warmth of a cozy shag rug underneath your fuzzy knee socks. While those are comforting thoughts, the belief that carpeting keeps your house warmer is not always accurate. Most people believe that carpeting holds heat in, but it actually reduces the flow of energy and forces your furnace to work harder to push heat through your carpets and warm your house.

The fact is, carpet is an insulator and wood is a conductor. So, in simpler terms, the carpet will stop heat from moving fluidly and wood absorbs heat and allows it to circulate freely. Wood improves heat circulation and maintains heat longer than carpet.

Wood and all solid material reduces temperature fluctuation because it absorbs and stores heat while carpet fibers become a barrier. Ceramic, tile, and laminate also function in the same way that wood does.

Besides the appeal of the wood floor appearance, homeowners receive the bonus of saving money on utilities because the temperature stays more consistent and the furnace doesn’t have to work so hard to maintain consistent heat or cool temperatures.

Of course, adding an area rug to your hardwood floors for the winter may make the room more cozy, but it won’t necessarily save you money on your utility bill. Hardwood floors are a solid purchase for saving money on utilities and keeping you warmer this season.

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