Do Hardwood Floors Improve Air Quality in the Home?
We spend a lot of time on this blog touting the advantages of hardwood flooring. It’s a given that hardwood floors add elegance and warmth to the home. We know they are timeless and last for generations, and that they add to appraisal value. But did you also know that hardwood floors can improve air quality inside your home?
It’s true. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says that hardwood flooring is one of the best flooring options for improving air quality in the home. Not only is this good for our overall health, but wood flooring is also highly recommended for asthma sufferers and people with other types of respiratory problems. Let’s talk about a few reasons why.
Wood Flooring is Hypoallergenic
The EPA says wood flooring is the most effective type of floor to resist the accumulation of pollen, pet dander, dust mites, mold spores, cockroach droppings, and other allergy-causing agents that tend to thrive in carpets. Wood floors are also easy to clean, and any allergens on the floor are easily picked up and removed every time you clean them.
Wood Flooring Resists Toxins
Hardwood floors don’t collect toxins from the outside like other floor types do. We consistently track pollutants into our homes from outside, including pesticides and other harmful chemicals. Wood floors tend not to accumulate these pollutants, nor does walking on the floors release these toxins into the air.
Wood Flooring Is Eco-Friendly
In a more general sense, installing wood flooring is better for the environment, especially when prepared and sealed with non-VOC ingredients. With all the concerns about “greenhouse gases” like carbon dioxide accumulating in the air, trees help balance this effect because they take carbon dioxide out of the air and release oxygen. While hardwood floors are no longer living, they will still absorb carbon from the air throughout their service life. This means wood flooring can effectively reduce the concentration of greenhouse gases both from your indoor air and from the environment in general.
There you have it! If you didn’t need another reason to love hardwood flooring, we’ve given you one, anyway. For a complimentary estimate on wood floor installation in Tulsa, Glenpool, Bixby, Sand Springs, or throughout Green Country, call Renaissance today at 918-298-4477.