Hardwood flooring improves indoor living conditions
Most people are aware that hardwood floors whether of the traditional or parquetry kind are beautiful, elegant, and relatively easy to clean and maintain. Not so many people, however, are aware that hardwood floors also serve to create an improved indoor living environment. They do this in two primary ways: by helping to boost indoor air quality and by improving the acoustics in the rooms in which they are installed.
Indoor air quality
The quality of indoor air has become a concern of increasing importance in recent years. As we learn more about the long term effects of habitually breathing in dust and allergens, we are beginning to understand that having healthy air to breath indoors can be a key indicator of our likelihood of developing certain kinds of health and respiratory conditions. To address this issue, many consumers have turned to expensive air filters that clean the air on an on-going basis. These, however, have serious drawbacks. They are expensive and also represent continued costs since they consume electricity.
Moreover, they represent a maintenance nightmare in that their filters can become clogged. Filters that are not replaced on schedule can actually mean that the unit decreases indoor air quality, yet home owners are given no obvious warning that this is, in fact, going on.
A far better solution is a hardwood floor. Because it does not trap dust and debris the way carpets and rugs do, it naturally promotes better indoor air quality.
Maintenance of a hardwood floor consists merely of regular sweeping and periodic hardwood floor sanding and polishing.