Autumn is upon us, and winter is right around the corner. If you live in a place with marked seasons but have tile or wood floors in your home, the cold season for you might mean freezing toes for months at a time. Here are some ways to warm up your winter floors.
Check for Drafts
You might think that cold air is likely to come from cracks around your front door or windows, and you are correct. However, there’s a good chance drafts can be coming from around the perimeter of your floors as well, especially if you have an older home or one where carpet was removed to reveal hardwood floors. If you didn’t install quarter-round molding around the baseboards, you might be letting cold air in.
If you feel cold temperatures or even drafts radiating from your tile or wood floors, you may have a crawlspace under your home that is not properly sealed. You can solve this problem by covering the ground with a heavy plastic sheet held down by rocks or bricks. Resist the urge to close vents, though. You need good air flow to prevent significant water damage.
It may seem counterintuitive to think about ceiling fans during the winter, but by changing the direction of their blades during the cold season, you can make sure they are pushing warm air that has risen up to the ceiling back down to heat your floors.
You installed tile or wood floors because you wanted to get away from carpet, right? That’s cool, but in the winter time you can make rooms more comfortable by putting down area rugs in walking paths or spaces that see a lot of use. They don’t have to be there permanently; when spring comes around you can roll the carpets back up and stow them until the next winter.
If your home has central heating, you likely have floor vents that spread warm air from the ductwork into your rooms. First, make sure your furniture or other items are not blocking those. It may be tempting to place wet shoes on top of vents, but that’s not going to benefit the occupants of the room. You also can consider vent covers that push the warm air across the floor and into the space instead of shooting it all up to the ceiling.
Doing a little investigation and taking a few simple preventive steps can save you money on your energy bills this winter while making your home more comfortable.