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The glues and dyes found in carpeting and rugs are a major source of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), a major source of indoor air pollution. Eye, nose and throat irritation, headaches, nausea, and a worsening of allergy symptoms are common side effects of short-term VOC exposure. To reduce the amount of VOCs in your household air, choose carpeting with a low-VOC label, or spring for a cotton or wool rug instead of a synthetic one. If you can't afford one of the more health-friendly options, schedule an install before an out-of-town trip so the carpet has a chance to air out for a few days and continue to keep the area well ventilated once you return home.
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