Facts on VOCs and Mold
Lowest emitter of VOCs
Carpet is the lowest volatile organic compound (VOC) emitter of common flooring choices and one of the lowest emitting products used in new construction and renovation, much lower than products such as paint. The already low VOC emissions of new carpet are short-lived and largely dissipate within 24 to 48 hours. It falls to below detectable levels within a week. Fresh air ventilation helps speed the process.
To keep emissions to a minimum, carpet in offices or facilities should bear the CRI Green Label or Green Label Plus logo, which signifies that the carpet meets very strict standards for VOC emissions.
Mold grows in any moist environment where dirt and dust provide nutrients. It does not grow on dry, clean synthetic or wool carpet.
Improperly maintained heating, ventilating and air-conditioning (HVAC) units are the leading sources of mold spores. Shutting off the HVAC system at night or otherwise extending periods of system downtime increases relative humidity, encouraging mold spore growth. Reactivating the system scatters spores back into the air. Read More (PDF 26 KB)
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