Carpeting and Indoor Air Quality

Published: July 16th, 2013 | Updated: November 27th, 2019

You have probably heard the term “indoor air quality” thrown around a lot. It is a phrase used to describe the quality, in terms of health, of the air inside and around buildings. There are a lot of factors taken into consideration when indoor air quality is being analyzed. It can be affected by pollutants, gases, particles, bacteria and anything else that can compromise health conditions of the humans utilizing the facility. If you are someone who suffers from allergies, indoor air quality may be a great concern to you.

When you’re looking at flooring options you may be trying to base your decision around how the flooring will affect your indoor air quality. In this blog, we’re going to cover carpeting and its contribution to indoor air quality.

Volatile Organic Chemicals
Volatile organic chemicals (VOCs) are emitted from some common household items. They are commonly found in some paints, fabrics and other items. Some VOCs can be dangerous to human health, depending on their nature. Newer carpeting has a very low rate of VOCs and they normally dissipate within 72 hours of installation. Proper ventilation and regular cleaning will reduce VOCs all around your home. There are some more environmentally-friendly carpeting options that boast more than just low VOCs.

Environmentally-Friendly Carpeting Options
Almost all of the carpeting companies we have the pleasure of working with have environmentally friendly or sustainable carpeting options. Taking the time to do some research on each company’s commitment to the environment may help you narrow down your research. Each of the companies listed below have environmentally-friendly flooring options at Hopkins Carpet One.

What You Can Do
Choosing the right carpet and having it installed properly is only half the equation. You are the other half. The quality of the air inside your home ultimately depends on your dedication. Regular and timely cleaning is vital to the health of your carpet and your family. Carpeting tends to be a magnet for dirt and other particles due to gravity, so it is important to keep all surfaces in your house clean. With regular vacuuming, with a good vacuum and professional maintenance every 12 to 18 months, you can help to maintain a healthy indoor air quality.

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