In the US, the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) believes that Wood flooring is the most effective type of flooring to improve your indoor air quality. They report wood floors are hypoallergenic, which is a huge advantage to allergy sufferers. Wood floors do not harbour microorganisms or pesticides tracked in from outdoors as other flooring options can.They also minimise the accumulation of dust, mould and animal hair which improves the overall indoor air quality.
Wood flooring also improves your indoor air quality in another less tangible way. This is because wood is a carbon-neutral product. As most people know, as a tree grows, it takes in carbon dioxide from the environment and produces oxygen. What most people do not know however, is that products made from wood, including wood flooring, continue to store carbon during their service lives. In other words, even after the tree used to make the wood is cut down and manufactured into flooring, it continues to store carbon.
Wood flooring is also a recyclable material that can be used again and again.