If you don’t have carpets on your floor then you might have notice din the winter that your floors can get pretty cold. In fact, a lot of people notice this in their bathrooms even if they have carpets in every other room. Apart from the fact that it often isn’t the nicest feeling to get out of bed by stepping on an icy cold floor in the morning, it also means that you are losing a lot of the heat in your home through the floors and in turn, this will mean that you are wasting money.
Luckily, there are a few ways that you can combat this and they are not too costly or too hard to implement. One of the things that you can do is to actually fit floor insulation. Although you might not think that too much heat is lost through the floor, you will certainly notice a lot of difference when you fit this insulation. The insulation is fitted by lifting the floorboards and laying down a mineral wool that is supported by netting between the joists. The cost of having this done will be around £100 on average for a home but you will find that it will save you around £50 per year on average. This means that not only will you not have to stand on icy cold floors any more, but it means that within two years you will have got your initial investment back as well and you will then continue to save the £50 per year on your energy bills.
Another thing that you can do if you have floorboards is to actually use regular tube sealant in order to fill in any of the gaps between the floorboards and skirting boards. This is a really simple thing to do and you will be surprised at the amount of energy it will save you each year. However, you need to be careful not to block under floor airbricks that are in your outside walls and you need to remember that floorboards will rot without the required ventilation that these provide.
Taking these steps will also mean that your carbon footprint is reduced which is always a good thing. If you take both of the steps we’ve mentioned, you will save around 340kg per year, which is certainly a great saving.