The average person spends about 90% of their life indoors. This means having poor air quality in your home can have a significant impact on your health. Vinyl has many benefits such as ease of maintenance, durability and a wide range of design options. But one benefit you may have overlooked is its contribution to a healthy environment in your home.
Not all vinyl is guaranteed to contribute to healthy air in your home. It’s important that you look for the FloorScore label on the vinyl flooring packaging before you make a final purchase.
What is FloorScore Certification?
FloorScore is a certification program developed by the Resilient Floor Covering Institute (RFCI) in conjunction with Scientific Certification Systems (SCS). The purpose of this certification is to ensure that flooring products comply with indoor air quality emission standards. In order for a vinyl flooring product to get the FloorScore approval it must undergo stringent testing to prove it will promote healthy air quality once installed in your home or business.
FloorScore is not just applied to vinyl flooring. Vinyl flooring adhesives are also subjected to testing. So when you’re getting ready to install vinyl flooring in your home, be sure to buy trusted brands of flooring and adhesives that bear the FloorScore seal.
Improving your IAQ
What is IAQ? It stands for indoor air quality and may have a larger impact on your life than you realize. Having a good IAQ has been proven to contribute to improved learning in schools and increased productivity at work. Poor IAQ has been linked to dizziness, headaches and a variety of significant long-term impacts to your health.
The first step to improving your IAQ is purchasing flooring that passes the FloorScore Certification. Aside from that you can make sure your home has good air ventilation, your air filters are functioning well and your HVAC systems are properly maintained.