Fall is almost here, and we know what that means: Rochester’s deep freeze is right around the corner. If you’re looking for ways to improve comfort and decrease utility costs during the cold months ahead, now is the time to start planning. Fortunately, we have a simple solution: carpet!
Sure, carpet is often regarded as the most comfortable flooring option, but this is especially true during winter. And the benefits don’t stop there. We’ll briefly discuss them here.
Hard surface floors become cold during winter, even when the heater is running. Unfortunately, most of us don’t realize this until we’ve stepped barefoot out of the bed early in the morning. On the other hand, carpet naturally retains heat and feels warmer during cold weather. It also becomes warmer to the touch more quickly after the heater has been turned on.
Another benefit of carpet’s heat retention: a higher r-value. A room’s r-value is a measure of its insulation. The higher the value, the lower your energy costs.
Some hard surface flooring (especially laminate and solid hardwood) can warp during drastic temperature changes. This is why an acclimation period is often needed after installation. Carpet maintains its shape and helps lower costs along the way.
There is an easy way to improve each of the benefits we’ve discussed. Installing your carpet over the right padding can do wonders in terms of comfort and insulation. Just remember to choose a quality padding. Although all carpet floors are installed over padding, some can, over time, do more harm than good.
Memory foam padding is often regarded as the most comfortable. It tends to offer the most insulation and offers more cushion under bare feet. If you’re worried about spills or moisture, there are many waterproof and spill resistant memory foam padding options available.
If you’re ready to make an informed choice before the cold weather sets in, visit Rochester leading flooring experts at Degeus Flooring today!