Floor Insulation, Eco-friendly, energy efficient
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Suspended or Solid Floor Insulation for Energy Saving?

Floor Insulation and Energy Saving

One of the great ways to keep your bills low and to save some money on the long run is to have great floor insulation in your home. This means that you need to make sure that all the heating is not warming up the street but that it stays inside your home.

It’s been calculated that 15% of the heat in your home leaks out through the floor. Therefore, it is important that you figure out how to insulate the floor in the best possible way.

There are two main types of floors: suspended and solid. Both types of flooring have different insulation needs. Here are some of the types of floor insulation and how to do it right in order to make your heating more efficient:

Suspended Flooring Insulation

Suspended floors are mainly made from floorboards that lean on the joists. This means that there is some empty space beneath the floorboard. This type of flooring means that the insulation is really bad.

In order to improve insulation effficiency for suspended flooring, you need to fill that empty space with material. In your DIY store, it will be very easy to find some mineral wool which is the most common material for the insulation of these types of floors.

All you need to do is to figure out if you want to reach that empty space from below or by removing the floorboards, filling it and returning them back on.

Solid Flooring Insulation

Solid floors can be made from concrete or tile. Tiled floors are the trickiest for insulation. They conduct heat perfectly, so they are always very cold and almost impossible to keep warm. You can’t really place anything over those tiles, but you can try and cover the tiled floor with rugs or carpets to try to heat it up a bit and make one more layer for the heat to overcome in order to escape through the floor.

If you have a concrete floor, things are a little bit better. You can raise the level of the floor with insulation and then place flooring above it, making it way warmer and way better insulated. When you are doing this, you have to be careful about the skirts as well. They need to be well insulated, or the heat will escape through those cracks in a minute.

When it comes to rugs and carpets, they really make the floors feel warmer and more pleasant on the feet. However, they cannot really hold too much heat from escaping through poorly insulated floors, although they do, somewhat count. If you plan on using them to insulate floors, then you need to stop by the DIY store or the carpet store and ask for the special layers that go underneath the carpets that help making the floor warmer and for the heat to stay inside.

All these ways of floor insulation can be done by the professionals or you can do them on your own. It takes a little bit of skill to reach the empty spaces at the suspended floors or to make the raised floor filled with insulation but it is far from impossible. On the other hand, finding a good service provider for this type of work is also challenging. Therefore, make sure that you use somebody with good recommendations, ideally, recommended by someone you know, or a friend of a friend. In any way, any floor insulation is better than none, so make sure that you choose the right one for your floors.

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