Does carpet flooring affect the room’s temperature?

Does carpet flooring affect the room’s temperature?

You'll probably hear the phrase "R-value" when shopping for carpeting. It refers to the thermal resistance of a rug.

Carpets aren't heating sources, so they won't make the thermostat move. However, they are poor heat conductors, so that they will hold on to an already warm (or cool) room.

Thicker is better

A carpet's R-value can be as low as 0.7 or as high as over 2.0. It's based more on a rug's thickness than the material from which it's made. For example, the shag rug has a fluffy high pile with long, loose fibers, giving this soft surface floor covering a high R-value.

The form also plays a part. For example, wall-to-wall carpets, which are attached to an ample space with only one or two pieces, have a high R-value. This is opposed to a rug that's thrown over a hard surface.

The padding also has an R-value of its own; the range is from 0.97 and 1.94. That makes the rug’s R-value increase significantly.

Saving the homeowner money

It takes less energy to keep a room warm or chilly, saving you money on energy costs. That’s a good reason to ask about the R-value of carpeting.

Other benefits

1. Versatility. Modern technology has enabled mills to create larger color palettes and digital patterning. In addition, there are hypoallergenic, kid-and-pet-friendly versions, sustainable and more.

2. Safety from hard falls. Carpet has good traction, but it will be much softer on which to land if you fall.

3. Sound insulation. Noises are muffled or wholly eliminated.

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Since 1955, the family-owned Anaheim Carpet and Flooring has been helping people find the carpet flooring. As a result, we have an extensive inventory that includes names like Dixie Home and professional installers.

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