Cold floors are no fun in the winter, especially when your feet feel just as cold. Warming up your feet might be as easy as donning a pair of wool socks, or it might require a few home improvement projects.
Seal the air leaks.
Air leaks, especially those at floor level, will chill the floors quickly regardless of how warm you keep your home. Inspect the areas around the window frames, baseboards and exterior doors to look for leaks.
Cracks in the caulk or worn weatherstripping allow cold air to enter. Sealing them will stop the chill and reduce your heating bills. The most effective way to find out where the air leaks are is to have a professional energy audit.
Use a portable heater.
If there’s just one area where your feet get cold, consider using a small heater to warm the area. Space heaters are safe as long as you follow the manufacturer’s instructions and remember to turn them off when you leave the area.
Put down rugs.
Rugs add a layer of insulation between your feet and the floor. Tile floors feel cooler even in the summer with the A/C running.
Go with radiant floor heating.
Nothing is more comfortable in the winter than a home with radiant heating. If you’re due for a home remodel, this kind of heating system will eliminate cold floors. Radiant heating is also good for allergy or asthma suffers because it doesn’t use a fan that blows the heated air throughout the house. It’s also quiet and temperatures can be controlled on a room-by-room basis.
If there isn’t any insulation between the floor and the basement or crawlspace ceiling, consider installing batt or rigid foam insulation between the floor joists to keep the first floor warmer. This project will pay for itself in lower heating bills for decades.
Contact the pros at Aggressive Mechanical Contractors to discover the cause of cold floors and show you more options for keeping them warm. We provide HVAC services for Monmouth County homeowners.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Monmouth County, New Jersey and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).