We get this question a lot at Midbay Flooring and Blinds LLC, and the answer is no. Carpeting does not warm a room. However, it does have a high thermal value meaning carpet has an insulating effect that is warmer than concrete. A high R-value means that the carpeting can retain the warmth of a room. Psychologically, a rug can evoke thoughts of warmth and coziness as well.

What is a thermal value?

R-value is the term used when determining if a carpet can hold onto the warmth and resist cooling. It is usually displayed on a carpet’s tag or label. It isn't defined by how thick the carpet is, but the higher the R-value, the higher its ability to insulate against colder temperatures.


Some experts say that padding has its own R-value. The insulation factor is superior when you put a carpet and pad together. You will protect yourself from heat loss and cool-air loss as well. It is documented that an R-value for a carpet and pad is 2.0.

You have several options when it comes to padding. The highest R-value pad is urethane. It is best considered for places like the bedroom, where there isn’t a  lot of foot traffic. It has lightweight to it and low density. For higher foot traffic rooms, then get fiber padding. It has a good R-value to it as well. Talk to our staff about carpet and padding and let them help you find the right mix for your home.

We can answer all of your questions at our showroom in Okaloosa/Walton County, serving Escambia County and Santa Rosa County. We know carpeting and have several warm carpets and padding options for your perusal. We know carpeting. We feel confident that our staff can help you find the floor covering to insulate against the cold. We want to be your carpet store. Visit us today!