During wintertime here in Olathe, many homeowners turn to the thermostat to stay warm. However, there are other ways to keep your home warm without upping the energy bill this season. Below, the experts at Floor Coverings International KC South have compiled a few methods you can try for staying extra warm this winter!
Warm Up with Wool
Your flooring has a huge impact on how warm (or cool) your home stays year round. Insulating flooring like carpet is very effective at trapping warmth and maintaining a room’s temperature. This prevents heat from escaping into the subfloor, meaning that your energy bill will be lower. Use area rugs and runners in rooms with poor insulation to help trap warmth.
Stone and tile floors are especially conductive, meaning that they will not insulate your home. Start by covering your tile floors with warm, high pile rugs to see how much of a difference this makes in the temperature of your home. Wool is one of the best carpet fibers for insulation, softness, and warmth, so invest in a high quality wool rug to stay cozy this winter.
Insulate with Cork Flooring
For many homeowners the holidays are a busy time of year. For this reason, investing in new flooring might not be at the top of your list. However, there are some flooring options out there that are easy to install but also great for insulating your home. Our favorite option is luxury vinyl flooring with a cork underlayment.
Like carpet, cork is very insulating. If you have time for a bigger renovation project, cork flooring would be a wonderfully warm and cushiony flooring choice for your home. However, if you’d prefer to stick to a simpler project this winter, pair a cork underlayment with luxury vinyl flooring to benefit from cork’s insulating effects. Luxury vinyl flooring can often be installed over existing floors, and the pieces are interlocking, making the installation of this flooring pretty simple.
Quick Fixes For Home Insulation
Once you’ve bolstered your floors, there are a few other ways to insulate the rest of your home. Insulate your windows with film or shrink-wrap products. Kits are made specifically for adding this type of insulating barrier to your windows, but you can also make a DIY project out of this by applying bubble wrap or plastic sheeting to your windows instead.
Cover drafty areas in your windows or doors with insulating tape or foam draft guards. Find the draft by moving a candle or incense stick slowly along windows and doors. When the smoke moves, you’ll know you’ve found your leak!
Get Started in Olathe Today!
Staying warm while saving electricity during the winter is easy when you know these simple tricks! Contact Floor Coverings International KC South today to schedule your free, in-home design consultation and we’ll help you prepare your flooring for the winter in Olathe. We proudly serve Overland Park, Olathe, Leawood and surrounding areas.
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