Energy Considerations for Hardwood Floors
The “green revolution” of the post-war period produced new ways in which to grow food crops, but in today’s world, another green revolution is on-going. This one concerns the careful use of energy resources in order to create sustainable ways of living. In everything from choosing energy-efficient light bulbs to recycling bottles and cans, consumers are now interested in a green lifestyle.
This interest quite naturally extends to flooring. Hardwood flooring has many advantages over other kinds of flooring surfaces, and several of them relate to the ways in which consumers can save on their energy bills through the use of such a floor. Some savings are quite major in nature and others are relatively minor, but they all add up to make a home not only more energy-efficient but also more economical as well.
Some types of floor are inherently cold and require a great deal of energy to warm them up. This can be an important factor for families in the winter who prefer not to have to walk on cold floors in the morning and evening, or indeed, all day long. Tile and concrete floors are notorious for having a large amount of thermal mass, which means they take a long time to heat up. This can mean larger heating bills in the winter as compared to hardwood floors, which absorb heat more readily, adding to a cosy, comfortable feeling inside a home on a winter’s day.
Hardwood floors need periodic maintenance that can be provided by a floor sanding company.