Hardwood floors are an attractive flooring option for a variety of reasons. They are appealing to the eye and provide elegance and personality to a room. Not to mention wood floors are very easy to clean and require little maintenance. To top it all off, hardwood is the preferred choice of pet owners and allergy sufferers. The only drawback to hardwood floors, in particularly during winter time or in cold climates, is that they can be cold when touched. When you step on hardwood floors with bare feet in the winter you may be startled by just how cold they are.
Through years of installations, remodels, and owning hardwood floors, Metro Atl. Floors has compiled a list of tips for keeping your wood floors warm.
Area rugs are a great way to make the floors of your home warmer. In areas that your family spends significant amounts of time it is a good idea to place a large rug in the room to provide heat to the floor. Some rugs are generously lush and warm creating an enjoyable contrast to the cold hardwood. Area rugs are a common and effective way of providing heat to your floors, even if you only need the rugs in the winter
Check for drafts around doors and windows. If you notice that some cold air is getting in address the problem with a draft guard or sealer. There are a variety of options that you can find at your local store that will do the trick.
During the winter months it is a good idea to change your curtains to a heavier fabric. This tip will help keep your home warmer even if you have newer windows that are not drafty. Be sure to not always keep your curtains closed. Taking advantage of the natural warmth from the sunlight can be a great way to keep your home warm during the day.
If your home has multiple entrances, it is a good idea to designate one as the exclusive entrance to use during the winter. By doing this you can hope to keep the temperature of your home at a consistent warm level. Be smart about which entrance you decide to use. If you use a front door that opens to your main living room, you may be unnecessarily making a comfortably warm room colder. Entering into rooms that you don’t spend as much leisure time in, garage or kitchen, may be a better choice for controlling heat. All homes are different and the best entrance depends on the design of your home.