Published on June 2nd, 2013 | by Henri


Cold floors in new house

Q.    I like to walk barefoot when I am home, but the kitchen floor in my new house is very cold. There is carpeting and bare wood floors in the other rooms, but the kitchen has a linoleum-type floor. There is a full basement under the entire house so I don’t understand why the kitchen floor is so much colder than the other floors. Should I insulate under the kitchen floor? Would that make the floor warmer?

A.    No, it wouldn’t. All floors above the basement are at the same temperature. The difference you feel is due to the fact that the flooring materials have different densities. Conversely, the wood and resilient flooring feel “colder” than the carpeting because their densities introduce their surfaces to more of the nerves on the bottom of your feet.

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