Cleveland is known for its cold winters, which is one reason why people are drawn to carpet. But when it’s time to replace old carpet, it’s smart to consider replacing it with wood floors. Why? While carpet may be more affordable and warmer on a cold winter night, it has its drawbacks, including:
- Carpet stains easily
- Carpet wears out quickly
- Carpet holds in pet odors
- Carpet is harder to clean
- Carpet should be cleaned professionally
- Carpet is a lot worse for people with allergies
Wood floors on the other hand, have a lot of advantages. Did you know that wood floors enhance energy efficiency and therefore save you money? You may be thinking to yourself, “That makes zero sense! How can wood save me money in the winter when it’s colder on my bare feet?” Read on as we explain why this is.
Busting Wood Myths!
This is the deal: Carpet insulates while wood is a conductor of heat. When you have carpet, it insulates and therefore stops the heat from circulating around your home. In contrast, wood absorbs heat while helping it move around the room.
It’s a myth that carpet keeps the room warm, because in reality it reduces energy flow in the home. Meaning, the furnace has to work a lot harder to move heat through a carpeted room than a room with wood floors. On the other hand, wood floors actually increase the circulation of heated air in a home.
Here’s what you need to know:
- Wood maintains heat better than carpet because it absorbs and stores heat, while carpet fibers act as a barrier.
- Wood isn’t the only material that saves energy. Other materials like tile, concrete and laminate also save you money on utilities because they’re more energy-efficient than carpet.
- The BEST way to save energy and reduce your electric bills is to install wood floors and insulate the walls, attic, basement, roof, and windows.
If cold feet are an issue, you can find some area rugs, use space heaters, and cover your feet with a warm pair of socks or fuzzy slippers – these can all do wonders!