06 May Is Carpeting Considered Insulation?
Carpet Is Great for Insulation
Nothing makes a home feel as cozy and comfortable as carpeting. It’s not just a feeling. Studies have found that carpet provides excellent insulation for your home. Taking care of your carpet will make your house feel better and help you save money on your energy bills.
How Insulation Is Measured
Insulating materials are measured in R-values. In construction terms, the R-value measures how well a two-dimensional barrier resists the conductive flow of heat. In the building and construction trades, various materials including windows, storm doors, insulating foam and moisture barriers all receive different R ratings to measure their usefulness as insulators.
In simple terms, the higher the R-value of an insulating material, the more the resistance and the better it performs as an insulating material. Materials are rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the highest.
Carpet is Cozy
Most residential carpet has an R-value of 1 or 1.5. Thick padding can double the carpet’s R-value to 3. If you want to increase the insulating effects of carpet, choose heavier padding when you have it installed.
Carpet also feels warmer because the carpet fibers trap warm air. In this way, carpet fibers work the way a double-paned window does, trapping warm air and keeping it in the room rather than letting it dissipate. According to the Carpet Institute of Australia, wall-to-wall carpeting is one of the best ways to insulate a room. Some experts state that wall-to-wall carpeting can reduce your heating and cooling bills by 10% or more.
Carpet is cozy when you walk on it. You might be more tempted to turn the heat up in a room with hard-surface flooring because it just doesn’t feel as comfortable as a carpeted room does.
Even in warm weather, carpet feels soft and inviting. It’s pleasant to walk on after traipsing through damp grass or dry, dusty streets in your sandals. If you leave the dust and dampness outside, you’ll protect your carpets and keep them clean.
Caring for Carpet
Your carpet makes your house look beautiful and keeps it comfortable. It also might be saving you some cash on your energy bills. Why not do your best to give your carpet the tender loving care it deserves?
Help keep your carpet fresh, clean and healthy by:
- Instituting a no-shoes policy in your house.
- Cleaning up spills immediately.
- Avoiding eating in carpeted areas.
- Scheduling regular professional cleaning.
Start the New Season with Fresh Carpeting
As warm weather starts rolling in, make sure you’re ready for it with a fresh, clean carpet. Carpet that’s been professionally cleaned creates a safe, healthy home for your family. It also makes your carpet stronger and softer.
A cleaning routine like our 10-step, nontoxic PureScience system will:
- Eliminate all stains and odors, including old, set-in stains and smells.
- Eradicate dust mites and other pests.
- Clean out dirt and grease trapped in the carpet fibers.
- Leave your carpet incredibly soft and fresh-smelling.
If you want to keep your carpet looking and feeling its best, call Carpet Keepers today.