How Carpet Improves Air Quality
in All Indoor Environments
Carpet continues to offer many benefits for indoor environments, but improved indoor air quality is among the most important. Carpet improves air quality by trapping particles, dirt, and debris in carpet which keeps them out of the air you breathe.
A recent systematic review of scientific literature from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) revealed there is no scientific evidence that states removing carpet from homes is an effective way to reduce indoor allergens.
Numerous research studies actually support the concept of carpet having a positive impact on air quality too.
Past studies on carpet and air quality include a long-term Swedish study found there was no link between the use of carpet and the incidence of allergy or asthma and that as carpet was removed there were more incidences of allergies; a study from 2003 of nearly 5000 school children in New Jersey found that having carpet in bedrooms was associated with fewer missed school days and less need for asthma medication; and multinational study of nearly 20,000 people found a statistical relationship between carpeted bedrooms and reduced asthma symptoms and bronchial responsiveness.
Green Label Plus
Another important consideration for indoor air quality is the carpet products you buy. The Green Label Plus (GLP) program was founded to identify carpet products (i.e. carpet, carpet cushion, and adhesive) that are low emitters of volatile organic compounds. GLP uses government-created testing standards for indoor air quality for carpet products in residential and commercial spaces.
As we spend more time indoors, air quality becomes a more important consideration for the indoor environments we inhabit. The GLP program sets a higher standard for indoor air quality and ensures that customers are purchasing the very lowest emitting products that are available today.