We’ve all been there, looking at our credit card bill at the end of the month and wondering where our hard-earned money drips away to and what we can do to try and save it. While bills are a boring thing something that we all have to pay, we all have them and whether we like it or not they’re necessary! One of the big money eaters is heating bills and we certainly notice it in the winter! What if we told you there’s ways you can reduce your heating bills through your flooring choice? While most of us assume that carpet is insulating, wood can be just as good.
How Do Wood Floors Save You Energy and Money?
Although you might think wood floors are cold and hard, they’re actually brilliant insulators and at trapping heat. Although on the surface carpets appear to be warm and homely and look as though they’re more cost effective, they’re actually a much more of a short term solution as they show wear after a couple of years.
When it comes to wood and durability, there’s no competition. It is very durable and will last for a lifetime even after years of lots of footfall. It has the ability to retain and circulate heat, meaning your home will require less heating, you’ll almost certainly notice a difference in your heating bills!
However, it’s alright saying oh wood is the best, but with there being so many different types it can be hard to know which is the best to go for. With this in mind, engineered wood is certainly your best bet and it much more affordable and practical than its solid counterpart. This is because it is made up of materials which are cheaper and better at absorbing heat – it’s a no brainer!
The other big factor to consider when looking to reduce your heating bills is the type of heating your flooring is compatible with, not just absorbability. Engineered is more than fine with under-floor heating whereas solid is not. This coupled with its ability to absorb and retains heat makes it the best option to save money on your energy bills! Therefore, even though it does have a higher price tag to begin with, it’s reduction in your heating bills along with adding value to your home means that wood flooring can often end up paying for itself in the long run!