In many ways wooden floors provide the most flexible options for decoration. It is reasonably easy to add rugs and heavier curtains in the colder months to provide a cosier room; and it is easier to change this for summer. These measure are less effective with tiles and other options.
Sydney’s weather changes are moderate, so our winters are cool but not freezing. Yet we can make some changes to adapt our houses and floors to the weather.
- Rugs on the floor, will warm up a room, at least for the feet. They provide some insulation so heat is not lost.
- Some people install hydronic heating so the floor is warm in winter. This is quite effective, but a major renovation and investment. An electronically heated floor mat can be effective in winter, and packed away in summer.
- Try heavier curtain on windows to provide heat insulation, especially at night.
- Letting sun light in during the day sometimes helps. Best with UV proof windows.
- Ceiling fans can sometime work in reverse, so the push the rising hot air back into the room.
- Some people find that wooden floors develop ‘shrink gaps’ between boards in dry conditions. This is less of an issue with modern flooring, with engineered floors being the most stable. Adding some moisture back into the interior atmosphere of the house should remove the problem. Try a humidifier during winter. Use a hygrometer to monitor the humidity.
- Bare wooden floors are much cooler than carpet or most other surfaces, especially with bare feet or cloth footwear.
- Light curtains on the windows can let light in while blocking heat. If the windows don’t have UV film then Find a fabric that blocks UV light. Commercial sprays are available to UV guard fabrics.
- Have bare furniture, not heavy sofas. This both allows the air to circulate through the room and furnishings, and prevents the furniture from retaining heat.
- Decorate the room with materials that are heat conductors. Glass jars and metal furnishings will cool the room down because they do not retain warmth. Part of this may be psychological, but the effect is worthwhile.
- As it is summer you might like to continue the décor change by adding beach themed furnishings. We accept a little more heat if we feel we are at the beach. Put some large seashells out, and coloured glass jars or sand.
- Light coloured decorations are cooler both in terms on not retaining heat and making the room seem less hot.
- Either let the house ventilate naturally by opening windows, or seal it off entirely and use air conditioning.
The clean, open look of wooden floors is both stylish looking and noticeably cooler for summer weather. Take precautions to prevent furniture or footwear from scratching the timber. Otherwise, enjoy the summer in a pleasantly cooler environment.
A floating timber floor provides an addition layer of insulation, so a room will definitely be warmer in winter, and possibly a little cooler in summer.