Why Are My Floors Cold?

Diagnosis:

Although some types of floor coverings (e.g., wood, stone, tile, or concrete) will naturally feel cold on bare feet, insufficient insulation or air infiltration could be the cause for cold floors.

Common locations:

  • Basement floor
  • Floor over a garage
  • Floor over a crawlspace

Prescription Checklist:

  • Air Sealing and insulation (Home Sealing) can help stop drafts and improve the comfort of your home. You can do some things yourself, but for the best solution you need to hire a contractor.
  • Contact a heating and cooling contractor to check if your heating and cooling system is providing enough air to each room. Your contractor should check: is a damper closed; has a duct become disconnected from a register; is the duct sized correctly, is the duct leaky?
Source: EnergyStar.gov
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