Retain heat in your home this winter with Carpet

Retain heat in your home this winter with Carpet

If your feet are warm, the rest of you will be warm, too. Carpet has excellent insulation properties for your floors.

The insulating effect of carpet keeps more heat in the home with less heat lost through the floor compared to hardwood flooring. So, you can turn the thermostat down by a few degrees. This is great for the environment as well as your wallet. With a carpeted floor, you can save 4 to 5% on your heating costs, and in harsh winter months you can save up to 10%. Before too long, your carpet will pay for itself twice over.

Rooms with Carpet need Less Heating

Leading ergonomic experts discovered that in order to feel comfortable, the difference in temperature between your head and feet should not exceed 2.5 °C. This heat difference almost never occurs with a quality wall-to-wall carpet, because of its excellent thermal insulation properties. As carpet removes cold at the level of your feet and ankles, you would even feel more comfortable in a carpeted room where the temperature is one or two degrees lower than in a room with hardwood flooring.

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The Science of Carpet Insulation

Ever wondered why the insulating effect of carpet is ten times higher than that of hard floors? Air is a poor conductor of heat and therefore a good insulator. That’s why there is air between the two panels of glass in double glazing. The same goes for carpet: between the carpet fibres, there is a layer of trapped air that acts as an insulator. Of course, the extent of this depends on the fibres and pile depth. The thicker the carpet, the better its insulating effect. Carpet with underlay delivers even better results.

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This illustration shows that carpet reduces the heat flow through the floor by acting as an insulator (Source: Dr. Lothar Siebel, Sachverständiger für Bauphysik, Aachen)

Warmer Area

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What is the Best Carpet for Keeping the Heat in?

Wool carpet is one of the best, but more expensive flooring options to keep your home warm. With thicker fibres, it acts as an effective insulator. Wool carpet is also great for reducing heat loss and energy bills. Wool carpet is a beautiful addition to the contemporary look of modern flooring.

If you haven’t got the budget for wool carpet, you could opt to install Nylon or Polyester instead. Wool-mix carpet is another option with a blend of 80% wool and 20% it is less expensive than wool but still holds in heat naturally and effectively.

Keep your carpets feeling soft, smelling fresh and looking brand new by calling Lakeshore Cleaning & Restoration today at (905) 465-2337.

You can also fill in the attached form with your questions, and one of our experts will be in touch.

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Lakeshore also offers Commercial Carpet Cleaning for businesses and home offices.