ICS Magazine

May is National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month

May 6, 2008

Dalton, GA (May 1, 2008) – Think carpet and allergy and asthma prevention can’t go together? Think again. During May, National Allergy and Asthma Awareness Month, the Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) reminds consumers that carpet, when properly vacuumed and maintained, actually helps improve indoor air quality (IAQ) and decreases asthma and allergy symptoms. So, you can love your carpet and breathe better too.

Although it might be surprising, carpet does in fact have a positive effect on IAQ. Gravity causes common household particles, such as dust, pollen and pet and insect dander, to fall to the floor. Carpet fibers trap the particles, preventing their continued circulation through the air.

“Scientific studies actually link carpet to a decrease in asthma and allergy symptoms,” according to Werner Braun, president of CRI. “For example, one 18-nation study of nearly 20,000 people revealed a relationship between carpeted bedrooms and reduced asthma and allergy symptoms. When properly vacuumed and cared for, carpet is tremendously effective at filtering out indoor air pollutants.”

And since today’s carpet is made from harmless synthetic materials found in clothing and other everyday fabrics, such as polyester, nylon and olefin fibers, the carpet fibers themselves are generally safe for those who suffer from allergies. New carpet is also one of the lowest emitters of volatile organic compounds (VOC) into the indoor environment, and these emissions dissipate very quickly – usually within 48 to 72 hours after installation, or sooner with open windows and doors.