Stone Floors Bring The Heat
Monday June 02, 2008
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All you have to do is watch an episode of "Survivor Man" when he is in a cold-weather climate to realize the heating benefits that stone can provide. The scene shows Survivor Man stuck in the freezing cold, so he builds a fire.
What is the first thing Survivor Man puts in the fire? Stones! Long after the flames of the fire have died out, the heat that the stones have absorbed will still be keeping him warm. That is one of the reasons stone is such a good choice for your home’s flooring – heat retention.
Here are some of the energy benefits of stone flooring:
- Heat retention – Because it is so dense, stone flooring is excellent at retaining heat. Then, once the stone has taken in heat – either naturally through sunlight or through the heat from your thermostat – it is slowly released to help keep your heating bills lower in the winter months.
- Stone flooring is often cooler in the summer – Just like with the heat retention in the winter, stone floors can also aid in keeping your house cool in the summer. Stone can keep the cool air from the air-conditioner stored longer than other flooring material, thus giving your house a cooler feel during the warm months. Stone flooring that is in direct sunlight, however, will tend to store the summer heat as opposed to being cool.
- Darker stone floors will retain heat better – Darker-colored stone flooring will attract and retain heat in the cooler months better than lighter stone like limestone. Be aware of the areas of your home where you are considering stone flooring. Your color choices can do more than complement your décor; they can help you get the most out of your heating and cooling dollars.
- Stone helps make the most of underground heating – For those of you who don’t want to take the chance that your stone floor might be cold to bare feet in the winter, there is the option of installing under-floor heating. Under-floor heating is a great choice for stone floors. The heat retention aspects of stone will help you get the most from your under-floor heating system. This will ensure that your stone floors will be warm all winter!
Don’t be worried that by choosing stone flooring you will be stuck with bare feet that are cold in the winter and hot in the summer. Stone has proven since the beginning of time that it is a wonderful heat conductor.
Doing the proper planning about direct sunlight, under-floor heating and the proper shades of stone can guarantee that you will have floors that are beautiful, but that also will help you save on energy bills.
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