Cornwall Living

Beat the cold

We always believed that you couldn’t have carpet with underfloor heating…

At this time of year, it’s fair to say that removing ourselves from the warmth of our bedcovers when the morning alarm sounds becomes a chore we’d prefer not to have to deal with. The knowledge of the frosty windscreens and icy roads that await us during our school runs and commutes is enough to encourage even the brightest morning person to guiltily hit the snooze button! But it needn’t be that way, in fact stepping out of bed onto the reassuring, toasty warmth of an underfloor heated carpet can return those would-be-bright-eyed risers to their usual bushy-tailed selves.

At the same time, we are all looking for ways in which to improve efficiency when it comes to heating our homes, particularly with the cost-of-living crisis placing more of a burden than ever on our wallets. Underfloor heating is one solution that can help – in fact, according to the experts at Warmup (, while traditional radiators need to be heated to a high temperature of between 65 and 75 degrees in order to heat a room effectively, underfloor heating need only run at 29 degrees or less, consuming less energy and helping to keep energy bills lower. And if you’re thinking ‘that’s all well and good, but I want to have carpet on my floor and that won’t work with underfloor heating’, worry not! Carpet can work with underfloor heating, but there are a few things to consider.

The first is that carpeted flooring does take slightly longer to heat up than harder floor alternatives, however once it’s warm, it stays warm for longer. Another is the importance of tog rating, which simply indicates the effectiveness of a material’s insulation. Choosing a carpet with a rating of no higher than 2.5 should ensure your heating works efficiently. And when we say 2.5, this should be the total combined rating of your carpet and underlay – a carpet with a rating of 2.5 that’s then laid over underlay will be too heavy.

If you’re unsure, South West Carpets can help, with an immense range of beautiful carpets for you to choose from and a well of knowledge to help you make the most of your investment. Most importantly, they understand just how big a difference having warm toes can make to your morning, so if you’re fed up of hitting the snooze button one too many times and want to change the way you heat your home, creating a sanctuary that will leave you ready to face the day ahead before inviting you home to relax in the evening, why not get in touch? Better still, pop into the showroom and see for yourself how the team can help.

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