Fall has finally come to Wichita! Soon, leaves and temperatures will be falling. We want to stay warm, but we also need to save on our heating costs. Did you know that carpet can help you stay comfortable AND save money during the cold seasons? Here, we’ll quickly discuss why carpet just might be your new best friend during the colder months ahead.
Carpet increases the insulation of a room significantly higher than hard surface. This is because fabric has a much higher r-value (the measure of a material’s insulation). This is a natural benefit of fabric, although different materials have varying levels of insulation. Wool tends to have the highest r-value.
Carpet is installed over a padding, which provides even more insulation. Again, the actual r-value depends greatly on the padding material used. Urethane offers the highest r-value, with fiber padding close behind. Rubber has a slightly lower r-value, but it’s the more durable choice for high-traffic areas.
Rugs can also improve the r-value of a room, whether it has carpet or hard surface flooring. The affected area is more compact, so it’s better to place them in high-traffic areas. Typically, placing them in seating areas works best.
For better results, try a rug cushion. They offer higher r-value, help lengthen the life of your rug, and provide more comfort.
There are many considerations when choosing carpet – and that’s a good thing. More options means better choices, especially for unconventional installations. If you’re ready to make an informed choice for your home, visit Wichita’s leading carpet experts at Design Network today!