Wood Floors and Allergies

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Wood Floors and Allergies
Photo: by Concord Carpenter – Cherry floor installation at Balls Hill Rd. Concord, Massachusetts

Wood Floors and Allergies

When considering what type of floor covering to put in your home, you need to be extra thoughtful if you suffer from allergies or asthma. Some types of flooring are harder to clean and trap dirt and dust more than others.  It is a well known fact that wood floors are better for  people with allergies.

Wood Floors Better For Folks With Allergies

A analysis of wood flooring survey conducted by the University of Wisconsin supports that wood floors improve indoor air quality.

The study compared five different floor coverings in regard to four substances considered to be harmful to the atmosphere:

  1. carbon dioxide
  2. methane
  3. nitrogen oxide
  4. particulate matter

Wood Floors and Allergies

All these substances contribute to atmospheric warming and human respiratory ailments.

The results of the Wood Floors and Allergies study shows that wood floors improve indoor air quality because they have no emissions for methane, nitrogen oxide and other particulates, and minimal emissions for carbon dioxide.

Wood floors also have the added benefit of not harboring allergens, microorganisms or harmful pesticides that can be tracked in from outdoors. In addition, dust, mold and animal dander contamination is minimal in homes with wood floors, which can significantly improve indoor air quality.

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source: woodfloors.org

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Robert Robillard

Robert Robillard

Carpenter / Remodeler / Editor / Writer / Video Talent

Robert Robillard is a general contractor, carpenter and operates a remodeling company located in Concord, MA. He is the editor of ConcordCarpenter.com and ToolBoxBuzz, and a has a weekly column in the Sunday Boston Globe. Rob is a recognized leader in tool and how-to information for building professionals, he hosts the Concord Carpenter Cable TV Show, offering advice on home repairs and maintenance. On his website, Rob uses his knowledge and experience to help and educate on best practices in the remodeling industry. His motto: “Well done is better than well said!”. Contact Rob at: info@aconcordcarpenter.com

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