Fall is here and winter is right around the corner and with it, cooler weather that can make your home feel chilly! Not ready to turn on the heat just yet? Take advantage of the warmth carpets and area rugs can provide for your home. This article comes from SF Gate.
How to Keep a Room Warm With an Area Rug
Energy savings are important, but sometimes it comes down to just wanting to keep your toes toasty. A good area rug can do both: reduce the amount of heat needed to keep you warm in a room and create a soft, warm barrier between your feet and the cold, hard floor — especially if the floor is above an unheated crawl space or in a room over a garage.
Area rugs warm a room by acting as insulation between the floor and your feet; an area rug keeps your feet from coming in contact with a cold surface. Generally, a thicker area rug better insulates the room and your feet from the cold.
Stitch count, also called needle count, makes a big difference in the warmth of a rug as well. The stitch count refers to how many loops or threads of yarn have been used in the rug. A higher stitch count means the rug is denser and can offer better insulation. A thick rug with a low stitch count might not be as effective as blocking out the cold as a somewhat thinner rug with a high stitch count. To really keep the room warm with a rug, look for one that is thick and has a high stitch count.
The materials used to construct the rug also affect its ability to provide insulation against the cold. Wool is one of the top insulators and is also durable and soft. On the other hand, though, it can be expensive and require special cleaning methods. Cotton, acrylic, and nylon all provide good insulation but are not as durable as wool. They are also more affordable and easier to clean.
For maximum warmth, choose an area rug that covers almost the entire floor. The more a rug can insulate the floor surface, the warmer the room will stay. If a single large rug isn’t affordable or practical, consider several matching or coordinating rugs. In sitting areas, like near the couch, make sure the rug is at least large enough to keep your feet from coming in direct contact with the cold floor.
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