Wood is a beautiful addition to your home, adding gorgeous visual appeal and bringing you closer to the natural world even when you're indoors. But what you may not realise is that beyond the aesthetic and tactile appeal, using timber as a decorative or construction material is actually really beneficial for your health as well as the environment.
Certain Woods Help Combat Climate Change
In the long term, wood is a construction material that can help in the battle against climate change. We've come to depend on using concrete, bricks and steel as the building block of our modern structures; although these materials use fossil fuels in their formation, trees can regrow and be replanted which makes them a far more renewable and environmentally friendly option for now and the future.
Wood Makes You Happier
There have been various studies, including an academic article on the BBC discussing trees as a contributing factor to mental strength and happiness, and according to a study conducted at Japan’s Kyoto University, even the smell of wood is considered to be beneficial to individual well-being, reducing stress and even symptoms of anxiety and depression.
Whatever your reasons, having something that's not only visually appealing but organic and natural in your home creates a wonderful all-round sensory experience that could really boost your mood.
Wooden Flooring Is Good For Your Health
Have you considered a wooden floor? If you're an asthma suffer, your choice of flooring may mean the difference between triggering and avoiding a flare-up.
Carpets can be the perfect breeding ground for dust, pollen, dust mites and pet hair, but switching to a hard floor surface like wood can help to eliminate these problems, offering little opportunity for allergens to build up over time.
Vinyl, tile and other synthetic flooring are all relatively inexpensive and effective at controlling the level of allergy-causing substances but they can contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that can carry into the air, provoking asthmatic symptoms. Wood flooring, on the other hand, creates a much more pleasant indoor environment, removing the risk of harmful toxins disseminating around your home.
Timber Has Carbon Storing Abilities
You probably already knew that trees can convert carbon dioxide into oxygen as part of the photosynthesis process, but did you know that wood continues to store carbon long after it has been felled from the tree?
Over the lifespan of a tree, carbon dioxide builds up inside the wood, and once harvested, the carbon remains locked inside the finished product. Dried wood is around 50% carbon in its total weight which makes it incredibly beneficial at keeping high levels of toxic gas out of the atmosphere and sustaining life on the planet.
Wood Is A Great Insulator
Wood is a natural insulator, making it effective at protecting against heat and electricity. The cellular composition of wood is full of air pockets, making it a far more effective source of insulation than many other household materials. Not only will it prevent heat loss in your home, but the natural insulation is a great safety measure when using along side wiring, light fixtures and other electrical sources around the home.