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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Rob Robillard is “The Concord Carpenter” Rob is a builder, general contractor, carpenter, woodworker, and editor of Concord Carpenter and ToolBoxBuzz As a General Contractor and carpenter, Rob owns and operates Concord Carpenter LLC. A full-service remodeling and construction company. Rob is a recognized leader in home building best practices and a source for how-to information for building professionals. On this website, Rob covers all aspects of home construction, building science, home improvement, woodworking, remodeling, and some of the best product and tool reviews. Rob is in charge of our Tool and Product Review series - Concord Carpenter Videos where we post all of our tool reviews and video tutorials. Rob approaches remodeling and building construction with a pragmatic and problem-solving approach. He enjoys using his knowledge and experience to help and educate building professionals as well as DIYers on best practices in the construction and remodeling industry. He's a strong advocate for "raising the bar" in the construction trades and promoting the trades to youth. #BeAMentor #Green2Great Craftsmanship, quality, and pride guide his journey on this channel The Concord Carpenter's motto: "Well done is better than well said!" : Read more about Rob

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