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Ok, I hope this is the right spot to post this. We are hoping to get a home soon, and have some options I was wondering about.<br><br>
First, gas appliances vs. electric(specifically wondering about ovens/stoves). Does anyone know if one is safer than the other? We would have propane as our form of gas if we chose gas. I thought I read somewhere something about gas doing icky stuff to our food, so I thought I'd see if anyone knew anything about this. How about price?? Anyone know which one is more energy efficient(cheaper?) The safety issue is more important to me than the cheap issue.<br><br>
Ok, onto flooring. I know we have the choice between carpet and whatever is usually in kitchens(linoleum?)...I am not sure if wood floors would be an option or not. Would wood floors be safer(less chemicals)? I was kind of thinking not having carpet through most of the home, but am not sure.<br><br>
Anyone have any opinions/thoughts on these topics? Or know where i could look up some information on them? If this all works out for us to get a home, I sure would like to make the best possible choices for our families' safety.<br><br>
Thanks in advance,<br>
Sara
 

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Gas v. electric: as long as the appliance is in good working order, it should be safe. I have never heard of gas doing things to food. I prefer gas to cook with because it's easier to control and cheaper to operate (at least in our area).<br><br>
Flooring: there have been threads on this in the past, so a search in this forum should be helpful. Unless your carpet is wool, it will offgas chemical fumes not to mention trap dust, dust mites, pet dander, etc. Linoleum (the real stuff, not vinyl flooring) is an excellent choice environmentally and is made from renewable resources. Wood floors are also healthy as long as they're not laminate floors (using glues) or finished with an oil-based sealer (water-based is better).<br><br>
Here are a few websites that might be helpful:<br><br><a href="http://www.healthyhome.com/ShowPage.asp?page=default.asp" target="_blank">http://www.healthyhome.com/ShowPage....ge=default.asp</a><br><a href="http://www.buildingforhealth.com/" target="_blank">http://www.buildingforhealth.com/</a><br><a href="http://www.environmentalhomecenter.com/" target="_blank">http://www.environmentalhomecenter.com/</a><br><a href="http://www.nrg-builder.com/greenbld.htm" target="_blank">http://www.nrg-builder.com/greenbld.htm</a><br><a href="http://www.greenbuilder.com/" target="_blank">http://www.greenbuilder.com/</a><br><br>
These are just a few sites I had bookmarked a while back. I'm sure if you do a google search you'll find lots more.<br><br>
HTH!
 

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I recently got a free issue of Natural Home magazine, a fairly new publication. It was packed with good info and I hope to subscribe soon. They do have a website: <a href="http://www.naturalhomemagazine.com." target="_blank">www.naturalhomemagazine.com.</a> I'm guessing you'd find lots of answers/options from them.<br><br>
Other than that, I know that in general heating with electricity is the least efficient method. (Space heat, stove, water heater, whatever.) I haven't heard anything, either, about gas having an effect on food. I've only used natural gas, however (not LP.)<br><br>
Good luck with the home!
 

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I'm not aware that gas does anything to food. There are some issues with BBQ'd food (whether gas or natural fuel)... maybe that's what you're remembering. However, having good ventilation is very important with a gas stovetop/oven to keep carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide from concentrating in the cooking area and throughout the house. This is especially important in winter if the house is kept closed and "tight." I'd go with gas ('cause it's sooo much better to cook with) but get the best, quietest rangehood you can. If the fan is too loud, chances are it won't be used as much as it should.<br><br>
Real linoleum is a natural, ecologically friendly and safe product. Wood floors may or may not be safe and environmentally friendly depending on where/how they are harvested and how they are finished. We're working on getting rid of all carpeting in our house to help minimize the dust. I'd like a combination cork or bamboo in the rooms we can't salvage the original fir floors.<br><br>
New carpet will off-gas for a significant period of time and carpets are magnets for dust and dust mites and can trap other allergens as well. There are natural carpeting options (seagrass, sisal, etc.) that don't off-gas, but they tend to be a bit rough and have a relatively short lifespan.
 

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i would never ever want carpet in the kitchen. i lived in this little house once that had it, and that was the first timei had ever seen a carpeted kitchen. it is sooooo impractical, since stuff always gets dropped and spilled in the kitchen.....and you can never get all that out! i would, in my greatest dreams, want wood, but linoleum would be ok. or ceramic tile. then you can use throw rugs in there , small ones that you can put in the wash.<br><br><br>
i hate carpet, period. in the town i live in now everyone has carpet, and i think it is so gross, honestly. our house included. with kids its a nightmare keeping it clean! i vote wood floors all the way, with rugs if you like that carpety feel. at least you can hang rugs outside and wash the wood floor underneath. where i am from , alost all the houses, apartments, even most cheap rentals , have wood floors, so i got spoiled living there!<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 
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