Carpet Makes a Welcome Addition to Your Home
The beauty, performance, value, and sustainability of carpet make it the right choice for your home. Carpeted floors cushion the impact of slips and falls, dampen noise, and make it easier to learn and concentrate. Today’s carpets are environmentally friendly, engineered to resist staining and fading, and withstand even heavy foot traffic.
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Adds Beauty and Style
You can choose from many thousands of carpet styles and colors. That means your ultimate choice will reflect how you want to personalize your living space. Carpet can be a neutral foundation, or it can be a focal point with vibrant colors and stronger, bolder patterns, and textures.
Improves Indoor Air Quality
New carpet is the lowest VOC-emitting flooring choice available. It actually acts as a passive air filter, trapping dust, pollen, and particles and then removing them from the breathing zone.
Provides Warmth and Comfort
Carpet provides actual thermal insulation and resistance, or R-value. In colder climates or seasons, it retains warm air longer, an energy conservation benefit. Carpet also provides a comfortable place to sit, play, or work and gives a room an overall warmer feeling.
Softens Slips and Falls
Carpet is ideal for cushioning our footsteps, reducing slips and falls, and minimizing injuries when falls do occur. Carpet provides safety protection for the whole family, but especially for toddlers and older individuals.
Big screen TVs, speaker phones, computers, and sound systems make our homes noisy places. Carpet helps to absorb these sounds. Adding a cushion pad beneath your carpet reduces noise even further. Carpet also works as a sound barrier between floors by helping to block sound transmission to rooms below. Carpet on stairs also helps mask the sound of constant foot traffic.
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Indoor Air Quality
Clearing the Air
Although we might not normally associate carpet with improved indoor air quality, it does have a very positive effect. Gravity causes common household particles, such as dust, pollen, and pet and insect dander, to fall to the floor. Carpet traps particles, removing them from the breathing zone and reducing their circulation in the air. Proper cleaning with CRI-approved vacuums effectively removes dust and allergens from the carpet and helps keep them out of the air we breathe.
Asthma and Allergies
A misperception is that people with asthma and allergies should avoid carpet in the home. Actually, the opposite is true. Studies have shown that properly cleaned carpet helps reduce symptoms and is the best flooring choice for those dealing with asthma and allergies.
Mold and VOC misperceptions
When carpet is kept clean and dry, mold simply cannot grow on synthetic fibers. Carpet is recognized as one of the lowest emitters of volatile organic compounds among various flooring choices and interior finishes. The Carpet and Rug Institute’s Green Label Plus program identifies carpet, adhesive, and cushion products that meet or exceed government indoor air quality regulations and are the lowest emitting products on the market.
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Carpet Is A Sustainable Choice
The carpet industry is minimizing carpet’s impact on the environment through the “3 Rs” – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. When carpet reaches the end of its long life, it is reused to make new carpet or is recycled into a variety of products, including roofing shingles, railroad ties, and automotive parts.
Following NSF/ANSI 140
The industry supports NSF/ANSI 140, the Sustainability Assessment for Carpet (NSF/ANSI 140). NSF/ANSI 140 was created for designers, facility managers, and government purchasers who want to ensure their carpet purchases have the best sustainability performance.
Taking extra CARE
Environmental stewardship can also be seen through the work of the Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE). With over 400 industry members, CARE has helped divert over 4 billion pounds of carpet from landfills since the group organized in 2002.