does carpet keep a house warmer

Carpeting is a popular choice when it comes to home and business flooring thanks to its ability to transform and elevate the look and feel of any space. Not only does it add both an aesthetic element and softness underfoot, but there is another advantage it is known for–insulation. How exactly does that work? Keep reading to find out!

Why Is Carpet Good Insulation?

While carpet is not a heat source, itself, it does have the ability to retain heat. What does that mean?

Poor Conductor: When you consider materials like concrete, tile, or marble, they feel cold when you step on them with your bare feet. This is because they conduct heat away from your body. In fact, uninsulated floors can account for between 10–20% of heat loss in the home.

Good Insulator: Carpet, on the other hand, allows the heat to remain in your body, helping you feel warmer. The main reason for this is the carpet’s ability to trap air within the dense structure formed by the fibers. These then act as a barrier against the cold subfloor below and keep that warmth from escaping.

Energy Efficiency: Since this warmth remains in the carpet for longer, it will help to create a more stable room temperature. This means you won’t need to use as much heating or cooling, leading to lower electric bills.

Extra Insulation: These insulation properties can be enhanced when you use additional padding or underlay beneath your carpet. Not only will these materials add more cushioning to the flooring, but they also create an extra layer of insulation which helps to increase energy efficiency.

Absorbs Sound: Not only does carpet insulate against the cold, but it also absorbs impact, which in turn reduces noise, creating a quieter environment. For this reason, carpet is often installed in hallways outside of bedrooms and on stairs.

Carpet Pile Height

The height of the carpet fibers is known as the pile height, something that directly affects the feeling as well as ease of cleaning of that carpet. Click here if you are interested in learning more about how long carpets can last.

Low Pile: These fibers are much shorter, usually ranging between 3/8″ and 1/2″. This makes for easy cleaning due to a more even surface. For this reason, they are most often used in offices, commercial spaces, or locations with heavy foot traffic, such as dining rooms and play areas. A lower pile also results in lowered insulating properties.

High Pile: These fibers have extra length and movement, making for a plusher and fluffier feeling underfoot. They are more comfortable and often used to create a more luxurious feel in the home. And thanks to its thickness, the higher pile is much better at insulation.

Another telltale sign is water resistance. Engineered wood is more resistant to moisture than solid hardwood. You can carefully test the flooring’s resistance by putting a few drops of water on different sections and see how it reacts. Engineered hardwood will usually not be affected by the water, while hardwood may absorb the moisture and change color.

Dalton Flooring Center Carpet Installation

So the answer is yes, carpet does keep a house warmer. This property is then magnified by a thick and dense high-pile carpet with padding or underlay beneath it. However, it is important to note that these factors rely on correct installation to avoid gaps in the carpet which will allow air to escape, reducing the insulating properties. At Dalton Flooring Center, our experts will ensure yours is installed perfectly to provide you with the greatest comfort, insulation, and aesthetics.

Contact Us Today

Are you ready to completely change your home for the better? Call Dalton Flooring Center at (734) 283-7030 or email to learn more about our range of flooring options and which one will work best for you. We are also happy to offer a free in-home estimate which you can schedule here.

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