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Flooring choices help reduce energy bills

There are many home improvements that can reduce energy bills. According to flooring expert Jessica Fox, one area often overlooked is how flooring choices affect energy use.

Underlay under laminate or wood flooring is important. Quality underlay has millions of fibres that stop cold air from going through the floor and cooling a room. Speaking to Express.co.uk, Fox said:

“Whenever a homeowner lays a new floor covering, they should also replace their underlay to get the best performance possible from their flooring.”

As well as providing insulation, underlay can increase the lifespan of flooring by up to 50%. It can improve air quality, reduce noise and make the floor more comfortable to walk on.

When installing new flooring, it’s worth considering adding underfloor heating, either electric or water-based, which provides consistent, even heating in a room. Underfloor heating can operate at temperatures around 29 degrees Celsius, compared to around 65 degrees Celsius for radiators. This saves energy and reduces bills.

Engineered wood is better for underfloor heating than solid wood flooring, as solid wood can warp when subject to fluctuating temperatures. Engineered wood looks as good as solid wood, and specialist underlays are available for use with underfloor heating

Solid wood, engineered wood and laminate flooring in Cheshire and Wirral homes are chosen by homeowners who want a hard, smooth floor that is easy to clean. When combined with insulating underlay, hard floors contribute to energy savings. It’s also important to insulate the walls, loft and have double or triple-glazed windows.

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