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Think twice before buying carpet over the options of vinyl, ceramic tile and wood flooring.

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When considering interior flooring, what comes to mind for many is carpet.  Like with any other product, there are pros and cons in buying carpet, and like any other product, there are alternatives to carpet, and they include vinyl flooring, ceramic tile, and wood flooring, among others.

You may want to consider opting to purchase any of the aforementioned alternatives to carpet because of the very infamous con/association carpeting has with VOCs, which are harmful Volatile Organic Compounds, basically harmful air pollutants.  Carpet, especially carpets encompassing materials other than cotton, nylon or wool, generate high levels of volatile organic compounds into the environment of one's house.

The result of being exposed to VOC's can be varied, and depends on the length and severity of such exposure.  Nonetheless, some reported health repercussions include the following:

  • Nose, throat and eye irritations

  • Dizziness

  • Headaches

  • Nausea

  • Allergic reactions

  • Memory problems

  • Motor skill depreciation

  • Organ damage

If you must live with carpet knowing the possibility of the above, attempt to ventilate your house properly.  In fact, if you are about to have new carpet installed in your house, have the carpet laid out and allow as much air to pass through as possible for at least a couple of days so that you and your family will not have to bear the brunt of the initial overwhelming release of VOC's, including that harmful "new" smell.

Thus, you may want to avoid installing carpet in your house, and opt for better alternatives that are not as bad in terms of releasing VOC's; check with your local community health center or any local "green" informational outlet for any advice that they may have to offer.

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