Fixes for Cold Floors in Winter

Fixes for Cold Floors in WinterNothing delivers a rude awakening like stepping out of a warm bed onto frigid cold floors. Even though the HVAC thermostat setting is correct, in winter, certain floors may feel overly chilly in the morning and stay that way most of the day.

Trading barefoot casual for thick socks and shoes in your own home is annoying. Fortunately, the problem usually results from causes that have workable solutions. Steps you can take to warm up cold floors include:

Seal out the cold.

Certain flooring materials don’t retain heat well. Exposed to cold drafts leaking into the house, these floors remain stubbornly chilly. Seal cracks and gaps that allow outside air to seep into the house with caulking. Pay particular attention to filling the gap that frequently exists around the perimeter of the room between the baseboard and the floor. Also, replace worn weatherstripping around doors and windows.

Insulate the sub-floor.

If your home has a crawl space, it’s probably a frigid zone overnight that draws heat out of the floor above. Adding insulation between joists on the underside of the sub-floor inhibits heat transfer into the crawl space and keeps floor temperature closer to room temperature. Common fiberglass insulation batts tacked in place do a fair job. Spray foam insulation provides better coverage but at a higher price.

Check furnace status.

Because heat rises to the ceiling, the floor of the house naturally tends to be colder—especially if furnace performance is declining. Schedule heating system preventive maintenance annually at the outset of the season to verify that furnace BTU output meets specifications. Change the air filter at least every other month. Verify that all vents in all rooms are open and not obstructed by other objects.

Insulate new flooring.

If you’re installing new flooring, ask about an insulated underlayment. Laid atop the subfloor, the thin layer of special insulating material helps retain heat in the flooring.

Solving home comfort issues like cold floors since 1922, Paitson Bros. are ready to respond with proven solutions and professional expertise. Contact us today.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Terre Haute, Indiana about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 812-645-6859. 

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