Flooring for Allergies When you or anyone in your family has an allergy, you’ll want to take steps to make sure that your home is as free of contaminants as possible. A home that’s outfitted with wall-to-wall carpeting can make things harder for allergy sufferers. Instead, people looking to improve the quality of their indoor air will opt to install hardwood floors. In fact, for those allergy patients who must avoid animal dander and other contaminants at all costs, a hardwood floor will make all the difference. The experts at Floor Coverings International of Charleston outline the details behind this below.

Allergies Overview

An allergy is an extreme reaction by the body’s immune system to foreign substances that on the whole do not bother most people. Allergies manifest as coughing, itching, and sneezing.

Allergy patients may use over the counter drugs or get a prescription from their primary health care provider to deal with symptoms. They will try to avoid going outside during hay fever season and seek to stay in air-conditioned buildings.

Of course, you also need to keep your home clean and free of animal dander and dust mites.

Allergic Reactions Can Range from Mild to Severe

More than 50 million people in the United States currently suffer from allergies every year, according to the latest statistics maintained by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, as noted in the institute’s “Allergens & Irritants” page.

It goes on to say that the 6th leading cause of chronic illness is allergies, with these ailments costing us more than $18 billion on a yearly basis.

Charleston Hardwood FlooringHardwood Floors to the Rescue

Once you’ve realized that at least one person is suffering from allergies in your home, it’s time to make some changes to improve the quality of life. It’s much harder to keep a carpet clean from allergens, especially when you have pets or if the area is already dusty and dirty with debris coming in through windows and doors. All houses will have some level of dirt and dust to contend with, of course.

Putting in hardwood floors will make it much easier for you to keep your home clear of allergies. Daily sweeping with a broom can dramatically improve the quality of life when you are negatively affected by common household allergens.

If you grew up with carpeting and have always had carpets in your home as an adult, it’s likely that you will have some questions before selecting the perfect hardwood flooring solution for you and your family.

Our team of flooring professionals will be happy to answer any questions you might have about hardwood floors. For details on flooring choices and how you can keep your home cleaner by installing hardwood, please contact the experts at Floor Coverings International of Charleston to schedule a free design consultation today. We proudly serve the greater Charleston, Mount Pleasant, and the Lowcountry areas.

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