According to the Carpet and Rug Institute, new carpet – like a new car – can have an odor for a short period of time after installation, yet it does not contribute to indoor air pollution. New carpet can emit low levels of chemicals, but they are extremely small when compared to other products used indoors. The vast majority of consumers are not affected by carpet odors or carpet chemicals. However, CRI recommends ventilating newly carpeted areas by opening up the windows and doors to let fresh air in. Also consider using fans and air conditioning for ventilation.