When we talk about the atmosphere inside your home, we do mean the aesthetic look and feel. At least, up to a point. Beyond that point, we intend to discuss the importance of indoor air quality. In these uncertain times where sanitizing every surface becomes even more urgent, you don’t want allergens feeling you feel miserable whenever you need to go outside. If you can get rid of wall-to-wall carpeting and switch to hardwood flooring instead, you’ll be far better off for it!
What Carpet Does to Your Home
Carpets and rugs look great, help your home feel cozier, and tend to be more comfortable to walk around on. That much isn’t in dispute. Crumbs pile up, as do particles of dirt you’ve tracked in. Plus it is much harder to remove pet stains from the carpeting – whether they bring in mud after playing in the backyard or they aren’t house trained yet – leading to messy potty incidents! Carpets cling to whatever grossness stick to them, whether or not you stick to a strict vacuuming schedule.
Hard Flooring Won’t Trap Potential Allergens
However, you can breathe a sigh of relief. Hardwood flooring doesn’t have this nasty habit. Carpet fibers are much different than planks of wood. Your shoes, socks, and feet probably have detritus all over them that you wouldn’t pay much attention to; mud, dirt, fallen leaves, and water can stick to carpet much more easily than they will to wood flooring. After all, they can quietly ruin your indoor air quality.
Say Goodbye to Dust Mites
Another common problem attributed to carpets is the presence of dust mites. They don’t have a convenient place to hide, find sustenance, and take advantage of the warmth and humidity you level out in your home to counter the brisk breezes and dryness of the air in both fall and winter. You could be allergic to them and not even realize it!
You Won’t Have to Worry About Odorous Gasses
Gasses could be making you suffer more than you are consciously aware of – perhaps those headaches and migraines you constantly deal with are due to gasses being emitted by the carpets in your home. Ceramic and porcelain are related to clay; marble, slate, and granite are all types of stone; and wood and bamboo are plant-based. In other words, they are all-natural products. Sometimes, toxic adhesives manage to evade the inspection process – but not always! Keep this in mind when you want to improve your home’s IAQ.
Why They’re the Healthier Choice
At the end of the day, hard flooring is clearly the healthier choice. For one thing, they are far more eco-friendly than their carpeted counterparts. You won’t have to worry about allergies and asthma. Fleas, ticks, and mites won’t have a place to call home. They are also easier to clean and maintain. Take the time to research the FloorScore associated with the hardwood flooring you choose – you won’t regret it!
Ready for a Beautiful Hardwood Floor? Trust John K Eareckson & Co.
When you work with John K Eareckson & Co., Flooring, we will ensure your hardwood floors undergo a stress-free acclimation process and that they sparkle for years to come; from a seamless and beautiful installation to years of maintenance, John K Eareckson & Co. Flooring has the expertise to care for your home’s hardwood floors. For a consultation and more information, visit us online or give us a call at 410-788-4200. You can also look for us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Flickr.