With winter right around the corner, temperatures are dropping outside but that doesn’t have to be the case for your home. Decorating with area rugs can make a big difference! After all, area rugs do much more for warmth than just keep your feet off the cold, hard floor. They are great insulators, keeping your heat where you want it and keeping your energy bills down. This is especially true if your floor is over an unheated crawl space, a colder basement, or a garage. To get the most insulation out of your area rug there are a few factors you will want to consider.
First, you will want to think about knot count. This refers to how many loops or threads of yarn have been used in the rug. A higher knot count means the rug is denser and therefore a better insulator. The higher the knot count the more effective the rug will be at keeping the cold out.
Next, you will want to think about material. Wool is one of the best in the business in terms of keeping your room warm. It is also a durable and soft fabric, making wool all the more attractive.
Finally, you will want to consider the size of your area rug. Obviously, the more floor space you cover the more protection you will have. In fact, if insulation is your top priority, you will want to cover nearly your entire floor. However, you don’t have to do this with a single rug. You can also do this with multiple area rugs, which may be a more affordable and practical option.
Area rugs will help keep the harsh winter weather outside, but they are not just a winter investment. These pieces will be just as useful come summer, helping keep your AC inside.