When choosing a rug, there is more to think about than the way it looks – especially if you have a cold house. Research has shown that between 10% and 20% of a home’s heating can be lost through the floor if it is not insulated correctly, making a natural fiber rug a top priority for keeping a living room warm.
‘An extra rug is usually considered as an additional design element to a space, but they can have practical functions too,’ says Jess Steele, heating technology expert at BestHeating. ‘During the colder months, they add an extra layer of insulation to your flooring and help to trap cold air, preventing it from making the space colder and saving you a little more cash.’
Rugs can make a difference even if you have a living room carpet, especially if your carpet is old, thin, or lacking in underlay, as Ray Jones, flooring expert at SCS explains. ‘Usually, one we associate with bedding, but carpets have a TOG rating too and it’s a good indicator of how much heat or air is able to pass through the material. The higher the TOG rating, the better your heat insulation is going to be so it’s important to make sure you’re taking this into consideration before making a purchase. If you have underfloor heating, however, you will require a lower TOG rating so that the heat can pass through,’ he adds.