This is a wonderful time of year to spend time with your friends and family. The weather is cold and you’re spending the majority of your time inside enjoying the warmth of your home.
It’s worrisome however that one of our top threats to our health, as reported by the Environmental Protection Agency, is poor indoor air quality! According to the EPA, Americans spend over 90 percent of their time indoors, breathing air that can be as much as ten times more polluted than outdoor air. (http://www.epa.gov/iaq/ )
Fortunately you have power to protect your family!
Hardwood Floors are an ideal solution for helping with the numerous health problems poor indoor quality is contributing to. The asthma epidemic our nation is experiencing is one example. The American Lung Association has found that American school children miss more than 14 million school days a year because of asthma exacerbated by poor indoor air quality. Nationally, about one in ten of all school children suffer from asthma. Hopefully someday schools will have air that is fit to breathe, but for now it’s important to take care of your home first and foremost.
Hardwood Floors do not harbor dust mites or mold; which is also very helpful with the millions of Americans who suffer from allergies. Hard surfaces of wood floors also helps avoid artificial substances such as pesticides that can accumulate on carpet and other surfaces of the home. “Allergists recognize that carpet is a huge collection net for dust and dust mites, live and dead insects and their waste products, mold, and animal dander,” says Dr. Dana V. Wallace, immediate past president of the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology.
The AAFA (http://www.aafa.org/ ) tells us that allergies and asthma cause 40,000 people to miss school or work every day, resulting in $3 billion in lost productivity each year.
Putting wood flooring throughout your home seems like the smartest thing you could do this year! Some R&Q White or Red Oak is perfect for radiant heat that will keep you nice and warm. Think about how wonderful it will be next holiday season, sitting in front of the fireplace, sipping on some hot chocolate, watching the snow fall and knowing your health is not in jeopardy breathing the air in your own home because you have a hardwood floor from Allegheny Mountain Hardwood Flooring.