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- For best air quality, choose hard surface flooring such as wood, natural linoleum or cork instead of carpeting. Natural fiber carpets, such as wool or jute, are also typically better for indoor air quality.
- Look for recycled-content flooring products.
- If considering carpet, look for carpet, padding and adhesives that are labeled as emitting less volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
- Choose low-pile carpet to minimize allergens such as pet hair and dust.
- Consider carpet tiles that don???t require adhesives; worn or stained tiles can be replaced individually.
- Select furnishings with environmentally friendly finishes and wood resources (FSC-certified), and organic fabrics.
- Buy bedding made of natural latex, wool or organic cotton.
- Buy TB-117-2013 compliant products to avoid harmful flame retardants in furniture with foam cushions.
Bedroom Paints and Coatings
- Test for lead-based paint before you do any sanding or wall demolition if your house was built before 1978.
- Consider natural alternatives to paints, such as clay plaster.
- Choose low-toxic, low-VOC or Zero-VOC paints.
- Replace all incandescent light bulbs with LEDs or CFLs.
- Install ENERGY STAR-labeled light fixtures.
- Consider timers, occupancy sensors or motion detectors, especially in the bedroom closet.