While the thermal rating of your underlay may not seem like a big deal – after all, carpet always feels warmer underfoot than hard flooring – it can actually be quite a powerful tool in enhancing the comfort within your home, making your dwelling better for the planet, and assisting in reducing your energy bills.
Did you know that your floors play a significant role in the loss (and gain) of heat within your home? Floors are one of the most common places where heat transference occurs, so it makes sense that you would want to protect your home against this as best as you can. Thermally rated underlay assists with this, as although it isn’t insulation, it does offer an insulating effect. It is still wise to install both insulation and underlay, but the latter can help enhance the impact of the former.
By improving the thermal properties of your home, you will see a reduction in the amount of climate control that is required within your space. This means that your energy consumption will be lower, therefore making your daily life better for the planet. Small reductions to your carbon footprint across multiple channels can quickly add up, and every step you take to help the planet can go a long way.
You’ll also notice that your energy bills will be lower when you have a thermally rated underlay installed. This is thanks to the abovementioned reduction in climate control requirements, and saving on your power and gas bills means you’ll have more money left over for other things.
With these three points in mind, it becomes clear that a thermally rated underlay is the superior choice for the foundation of your interior space. It is important to remember that the addition of slab heating will create a different environment with alternative wants and needs, so you should always give your chosen retailer as much information as possible so they can help you make the best choice.