As a homeowner, you may not realize that contaminants on your flooring are key contributors to polluting the air you breathe at home. However, your carpeting can play a big role in your indoor air quality, so whether it’s new or old, it’s best to take care of rugs and carpeting so they’re kept clean and free of chemicals and other irritants. Tyler Heating, Air Conditioning, Refrigeration LLC, a trusted heat pump repair company, gives more insight here.
How Your Carpeting Works as an Air Purifier
If you’re wondering whether or not your carpeting is good for your home’s indoor air quality, you’ll be happy to know that it generally is, but only up to a certain point. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, carpets act as a reservoir for dirt, dust, pollen, mold spores, pesticides and other materials. However, this isn’t something to worry about if you’ve been cleaning it properly on a regular basis.
Keeping Your Carpeting Clean After Installation
While frequent vacuuming and deep cleaning of rugs and carpeting will aid in limiting many potential contaminants from proliferating in your home, this doesn’t mean you should rely on doing this alone to keep your air clean and fresh. Professional HVAC and furnace replacement technicians still recommend cleaning your system’s air filters and ducts regularly if you want to have better indoor air quality. However, if you’re planning on installing new carpeting and you’re not sure how to properly care for it, here’s what we suggest you do:
- Research the VOC (volatile organic compound) emissions of particular brands and types of carpeting before you buy any. Choose low-emission or “green” carpets and padding for fewer negative health effects.
- Before you have your new carpeting installed, air it out by unrolling it outside or in a well-ventilated room
- Ask the installers to use low-emission adhesives to install the carpeting. or instead of using adhesives, consider just tacking it down without glue.
- Make sure your new carpets are installed according to the proper standards, and don’t stay in your home during or immediately after the installation.
Once you have it installed, keep the room with the new carpeting well-ventilated for around two to three days. That means opening your windows and using fans or an air conditioner after installation to circulate the air pollutants and chemicals right out of your home.
As the best HVAC company in the area, Tyler Heating, Air Conditioning, Refrigeration LLC will get the job done professionally and efficiently. Talk to us today by calling (203) 378-4700, or you can fill out our online contact form.