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Wool is con­sid­ered the pre­mium eco-friendly car­pet fi­bre for very good rea­son. Wool car­pets use 100% sustainable wool and have a lux­ury and warmth that is not eas­ily matched by syn­thetic and corn/ syn­thetic blend fi­bres. Wool car­pet helps keep you warm in win­ter and cool in sum­mer be­cause of its su­perb in­su­la­tion prop­er­ties and its abil­ity to reg­u­late hu­mid­ity. The thicker the car­pet, the bet­ter the level of in­su­la­tion pro­vided. Stud­ies have shown en­ergy costs can be sig­nif­i­cantly reduced for both heat­ing and cool­ing by up to 12% with a wool car­pet when there are tem­per­a­ture dif­fer­ences be­tween the in­door air and that un­der the floor. Wool car­pets are nat­u­rally non-al­ler­genic. They nat­u­rally ab­sorb and fil­ter air­borne volatile or­ganic com­pounds (VOCs) – un­wanted tox­ins and odours that can cause ir­ri­ta­tion to hu­mans. Car­pets bind the al­lergy-caus­ing sub­stances tightly, re­duc­ing those cir­cu­lat­ing in the breath­ing zone where they are more eas­ily in­haled. The Ger­man asthma and al­lergy fed­er­a­tion (DAAB) looked at the con­tent of fine dust par­ti­cles in the air over smooth floors and car­peted floors – find­ings showed that in­door air in a car­peted room con­tained less than half the amount of fine par­tic­u­late dust than the smooth floors. So you can have your car­pet, and still breathe eas­ily. While al­ler­gens such as house dust mites do set­tle in the car­pet (far less so than bed­ding), they can be vac­u­umed away us­ing a good vac­uum cleaner, prefer­ably with a HEPA fil­ter sys­tem.

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