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Why You Should Insulate Your Floor for the Winter

Keeping heat confined to your home is very important during these frigid Canadian winters

When upgrading your Canadian flooring, make sure your home, especially the floor, is adequately insulated. Depending on the installation method, you may need a general contractor to install the insulation before replacing your flooring. Which is a perfect time to make the investment.

Flooring insulation is an excellent addition for your home to provide comfort all year round, and here’s why!

1. Reduce Heat Loss in Winter

The obvious advantage is warmth. After all, more than 10% of your home’s lost heat is through the floor. Insulating is increasingly beneficial the older your home is. According to research from the University of Sheffield and UCL, adding insulation to suspended timber ground floors in homes built before the 1940s can reduce heat loss by up to 92%.

The average temperature of uninsulated flooring is around 11°C, but this can increase to a significantly more comfortable 20°C with the right insulation. Instead of cold breezes drifting in through the floorboards, you can be confident that your flooring withstands the cold.

2. Save on Your Utility Bills

If your floors are insulated well, your heating system will be able to heat the space more efficiently, using less energy. The harder your heating system has to work, the more it will cost you at the end of the month. Reducing heat loss by 10% could mean saving 10% on your heating bill.

3. Improve Carbon Footprint

Insulating your floors can make your home ‘greener.’ Canadian homes contribute over 40% to the nation’s total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. If your heating system doesn’t have to work as hard this winter, you will be lowering your carbon footprint.

4. Minimize Noise Levels

Insulating your floors can make your home ‘greener.’ Canadian homes contribute over 40% to the nation’s total g

Installing a premium underlay can help reduce noise in your home and dampen the sound of foot traffic, making your floor feel more solid.

What else is better than coming home from a cold winter day at work to a quiet, warm home where you can relax and recuperate?

If you’re looking to chat about flooring types and which underlays will work in your home, we encourage you to chat with a team member of Floors Plus today.

5. Improve Air Quality

When outside air enters your home, so does pollen, pollution, and other irritating particles. Poor air quality can have serious adverse side effects on your health, from coughing and sneezing to sleepiness, fatigue, and even digestive issues. These issues are even more harmful to those with respiratory problems or sensitivities to allergens. Most of the things that cause issues within the unfiltered outdoor air are odourless, making it difficult to realize that it is the root of your health issues.

Proper insulation can reduce the amount of unfiltered air in the home. Insulate your floors with an additional layer of protection and help mitigate risks. Improve your indoor air quality and live a healthier life at home.

Final Thoughts

So, you’ve decided you’re going to insulate your floor… great decision! Now it’s our time to help. Did you know the type of Canadian flooring you choose to put on top of the insulation will have an impact on all the factors listed above?

From engineered wood backed by a foam base, to carpet and polyurethane padding, each floor type affects your energy efficiently differently. Luxury vinyl plank and tile are leaders in retaining heat within your home. They warm quickly and don’t expand or contract in extreme temperatures.

If you’d like to learn more about what kind of flooring will provide you with the most insulating benefits this winter, reach out to us today for a free consultation.

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