Carpet does not only adds beauty and style to the room but it also has many Environment and health benefits. Initially it was believed that carpet is the source of allergens and dusts. Dust has further health ramifications. No doubt carpet attracts dirt but it is a well known fact to get rid of the dust and dirt one has to clean it on a regular basis.
One gets wonderful feeling when walking on carpet. It is ideal for cushioning our footsteps, reducing slips and falls and minimizing injuries when falls do occur. Thus it provides safety protection for the whole family, but especially for toddlers and older individuals.
In cold seasons or climate, carpet provides actual thermal resistance, or R-value. It helps in the retention of the warm air for the longer period and provides warmth to the room. Modern household is a storehouse of electronic gadgets like big screen TVs, speaker phones, computers and modern sound systems. These gadgets make the household a noisy place. Carpet reduces the sound by absorbing it. If a cushion pad is added, beneath the carpet noise is reduced even further. Carpet also works as a sound barrier between floors by helping to block sound transmission to rooms below. And carpet on stairs helps mask the sound of constant foot traffic.
There is a misconception that people suffering from Asthma, allergy etc should not install carpet at home. However most of the carpets manufactured today are made from harmless materials found in clothing and other everyday fabrics, such as polyester, nylon and olefin fibres, which don’t trouble most people. One thing should be noted that though carpet also improves the indoor quality of the air but also exercise positive effect on the same. Due to gravitational force many small dust particles such as pollen and pet and insect dander, fall to the floor. Thanks to the carpet fibres which trap the particles and reduce their continued circulation in the air. Regular cleaning will enable you to get rid of these accumulated duct particles completely.
There is one more conception. It is argued that the carpet aids in the growth of moulds and emit volatile organic compounds, or VOCs. However mould grows and survives in a moist environment where dirt and dust provide nutrients. If you clean your carpet regularly then there is no question of mould growing on synthetic fibres.
Scientific research also points out that new carpet is one of the lowest emitters of VOCs into the indoor environment, and that these emissions vanish very quickly. Small VOC emission hardly have any impact on health whereas odour from new carpet disappear within the first 48 to 72 hours after installation and even sooner with open windows or doors.