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disclaimer Carpet improves the climate in the home We spend the majority of our time indoors (at home, at school, at the office) but we are frequently unaware how important a good indoor climate is for a healthy life. Clean air, comfort, a sense of well-being, softness and acoustics are all important for a good interior climate. Carpeting can make a significant contribution here!  •	Carpet means cleaner air in the home Research by the German Allergy and Asthma Society (DAAB) indicates that carpet lowers the concentration of fine dust particles in the air. The level of fine dust particles in carpeted rooms is at least 30% lower than in rooms with hard flooring. This is due to the fact that carpet tends to retain airborne particles, so that the air remains free not only from dust but also other contaminants including allergens which may be attached to the fine dust particles.  •	Carpet has beneficial effects on allergies and asthma Allergy is a complex condition with no single demonstrable cause. It has been established that carpet itself does not cause allergic reactions or asthma, and indeed it even appears that people with carpeted homes are less susceptible to allergies. Carpet in general does not provide a good habitat for the house mite, as its air humidity is usually relatively low.   •	Carpet is hygienic and easy to clean Carpet is a resilient and hygienic product, provided it is regularly cleaned and correctly cared for. A good vacuum cleaner is half the battle. With regular vacuuming and good maintenance, you can expect many years of pleasure from your carpet. And perhaps you didn't know that around 90% of stains caused in normal daily use can be removed with nothing more than clean lukewarm water!  •	Carpet is good for the body Walking on a hard, uneven surface places heavy demands on our muscles and joints as well as sense of balance. Soft carpeting dampens out the shocks, sparing the muscles and joints. Its springy characteristics make carpet ideal as a floor covering for people with diseases of joints like rheumatism. The heat insulating properties of carpet can also ensure that the last chill of spring or the first cold of the autumn don't "get into your bones".  •	Carpet is safe Carpet has a grippy texture. This reduces the risk of slipping, compared to a smooth floor. A slippery staircase can be made safer by covering the stairs with carpet. Carpet provides safety for young and old.  •	Carpet provides comfort and luxury Simply entering a carpeted room can provide a sensation of luxury and comfort. This is because of the way carpeting exudes warmth and atmosphere.  •	Carpeting dampens noise In a bare room, the ordinary sounds of life, like conversation, the TV, the radio or even just the clicking of heels can quickly become unpleasant. Carpeting can reduce the sound of walking by 25 to 34 decibels. As a comparison, hard flooring can only achieve a reduction of 1 to 6 decibels. Your TV, CD or DVD player will sound far better in a carpeted room.  Because of its open structure, carpet has excellent sound dampening properties and appreciably reduces the reverberation period of noise. Reverberation times are half as long as on a hard floor. Environmental noise is also reduced by half. So, the thicker the carpet, the greater the effect, and the more you can enjoy your favourite music or films.  If a conscious choice is made to furnish a room with a carpeted floor as well as textile curtaining and upholstered furniture, the noise level can be substantially reduced. Carpet fibres absorb sound rather than reflecting it. Sound absorption performance improves still further if underlay is used.   •	Carpeting saves energy Like to stretch out on the floor in front of an open fire? Like to walk around in bare feet? Children who like to play games on the floor? It's all more comfortable with carpet on the floor! Carpet provides heat insulation. The stationary air between the threads in the pile forms a kind of barrier, preventing heat leaking away to the structural floor. The longer the pile, the more air will be retained, and the better the carpet's insulating properties. Underlay contains millions of air bubbles, providing additional heat insulation. Because of the heat insulating properties of carpeting the thermostat can be turned down, saving you energy 4-5% on average, and up to 10% in a severe winter.

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