It’s no secret that energy prices have soared this year and unfortunately they’re only going to rise again! With that in mind, you may be worrying about the increasing prices and wondering what you can do to help keep costs down wherever possible.

As a leading flooring and carpet retailer in the North East, at Frank’s we’ve put together our recommendations that will try and help keep your bills low. 

The idea is to keep the insulation in and the unwanted pounds and pennies from coming out of your bank account! 

Which type of flooring retains heat?

You might not know this but 10-20% of heat loss in the home occurs through the flooring that is installed. There are definitely certain types that are more efficient at retaining heat in the home, so what are they?

Carpet is a fantastic, natural way to insulate the surroundings of your home. It will, without a doubt, help you save money on your energy bills by increasing your home’s ability to retain heat and warmth.

Laminate with underlay is another good option because when combined together they offer impressive insulation to keep the cold out and the heat in.

Even when it comes down to vinyl, some have a thicker cushioned back or felt backing which can offer added insulation for your home environment. 


Carpet is an extremely effective insulator for the home. This is because carpet fibres trap cold air, which prevents the space around you from feeling too cool. In the long run this will stop you reaching for the heating “on” button as often and help you save money on your bills!

The rule is that if the carpet is thicker with more fibres, it will naturally make for better insulation. That’s why wool carpet is the best choice because not only do wool fibres retain their pile height for longer, it also feels softer and more comfortable underfoot.

Carpet also traps air just above the surface, which makes for less draughts in the home and again reduces the need for heating use.

Laminate and vinyl flooring

It’s not realistic to think that carpet will be practical for every room in your home, therefore considering other solutions that retain heat is essential for reducing bills. 

Laminate and vinyl flooring both offer benefits when it comes to keeping your home toasty and warm, especially when installed with good quality underlay. 

Laminate is made of HDF, which does a good job of retaining heat just like any wood. In many ways, the advantages of laminate are similar to engineered wood flooring when it comes to insulation. Pop in-store today and check out our wide range of laminate flooring!

When combined with a good quality, thick underlay, certain types of vinyl flooring can provide excellent levels of insulation in the home too. Our flooring experts at Frank’s are happy to recommend the best vinyl flooring to give your home a cosy feel. 

The importance of underlay

Flooring choice is important but underlay is equally important. After all, high quality underlay will act as a protective barrier against intrusive draughts. 

Even rooms that are not best suited to carpet, or if you would just prefer to have laminate flooring or vinyl, underlay can still be used with these flooring applications to keep heat in. 

So, pop down to your local Frank’s and we’ll be happy to help you find the perfect flooring for your home that will keep the energy bills as low as possible!

Got a question? Ask Frank!