If the global pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that good air quality, especially good indoor air quality, is paramount. In fact, a recent report in The Lancet predicted that climate change events like wildfires, rising pollen, ill health due to rising humidity, and the presence of harmful particulate matter in our air will pose an even greater threat to human life than the coronavirus has. So, it is time for all of us, not just those impacted by asthma, to assess our environment and improve our indoor air quality.
Key Sources of Indoor Air Pollution
The sources of indoor air pollution are numerous. Here are a few of them:
- Dust and particles
- Polluted air from outside
- Pests and domestic animals
- Cleaning products
- Insulation and building materials
- Bedding, plush toys, soft furnishings
- Paint and paint strippers
- Air fresheners and candles
Asthma and allergy friendly® Certification Program Developed by Allergy Standards Limited (ASL), the asthma & allergy friendly® certification program was created to scientifically test and identify consumer products that are more suitable for people with asthma and allergies.
Although many companies use language such as hypoallergenic, natural, and fragrance-free, there is no federal Food and Drug Administration or Consumer Products Safety Commission standard that governs these terms. As a result, they can be used on virtually any product, without testing or validation.
Certification by the asthma and allergy friendly® certification program includes strict scientific testing that includes every step of the product lifecycle, from manufacturing to installation to cleaning and maintenance. Many of these tests are unique to the asthma & allergy friendly® certification, and manufacturers voluntarily submit their products for this independent testing.
Air cleaners, vacuum cleaners, HVAC/furnace filters, cleaning products, and flooring are just a few of the wide range of household products and building materials that are certified asthma & allergy friendly®.
Using certified asthma & allergy friendly® products in multifamily housing and other commercial real estate is an easy, reliable way of taking control of indoor air and helping prevent against potential health effects.
The goal of the asthma & allergy friendly® certification program is to create a healthier indoor environment for families, so the testing process looks at all elements of the indoor air environment. Tarkett was the first flooring manufacturer to offer both residential and commercial products that are certified asthma and allergy friendly, making it easier to source healthier materials for every type of space.
You can easily browse Tarkett Home’s certified flooring designs on their website. For commercial applications, explore iQ® Granit™ sheet products, or iD Latitude™ LVT.