HOT IDEAS

FOR HEATING YOUR HOME

INSULATE YOUR FLOORS

10 — 20% of heat loss in a room is due to uninsulated floors, with greater loss occurring in larger areas. Carpets are natural insulators due to their low heat conductivity and help reduce energy costs for healing and cooling when there is a temperature differential between the indoor air and that under the floor. Research conducted in New Zealand found that the energy savings, both heating and cooling, were in the range of 8 — 12%. Findings indicated that carpeted floors fell warmer underfoot and did not require the healing that a smooth surface may, while they also promoted thermal comfort, energy savings and reduced green house gas emissions.

CLEAN COSY COMFORT

Step out of bed or snuggle up next to the fire on a warm and cosy soft surface. Tests confirmed that carpets retain between three to seventeen times more warmth compared to hard surfaces by increasing the R-value — the thermal resistance — which measures how much a material resists the transfer of heat through the floor. The higher the R-value, the more effective the insulation. Heather Twist with SilverCare anti-microbial treatment not only prevents heat loss, but banishes dust mites and bacteria, leaving your carpets super-clean and cosy!

LAYER ON THE LUXURY

Carpet significantly increases the R-value and results vary depending on the carpets construction, with heavier products generally providing a higher R-value. The thicker the pile, the greater the R-value. Lay it on thick for sheer sensual pleasure with Royal Twist from Belgotex Carpels for the densest pile in the business.

ADD AN UNDERLAY

The R-value (thermal resistance) can be further improved by adding a high quality underlay such as Orange undercushioning, which maximises insulation and underfoot comfort, can be used with under-floor heating and extends your warranty by another 5 years.

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