Impact of carpets on perceived indoor air quality

S.A. Noorian Najafabadi*, S.S. Sugano, P.M. Bluyssen

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Abstract

Indoor air quality (IAQ) plays an important role in human health and well-being as people spend most of their time indoors. Among building materials, carpets covering high surface areas and having dense fibres have the potential to impact perceived IAQ. To explore the impact of carpets on perceived IAQ, it was studied whether low-emitting wool carpets can 'clean' the air. To assess the sorption effect of emissions of hardboard (as a permanent source) on carpet, untrained subjects were asked to assess a combination of low-odour emitting carpet and hardboard in one sample container and only hardboard in another sample container of test chamber. The results showed a slight (although not statistically relevant) difference in favour of the combination, indicating a slight adsorption effect.

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