the best house plants for removing pollutants and improving indoor air quality
The EPA state that indoor air pollution is up to 5 times more than outdoor! So do yourselves a favour, get up from your computer right now and throw open your windows!
I guess with double glazing, insulation and wall to wall carpets, along with our desire to fill our homes with new furnishings, MDF furniture and electronic gadgets we are polluting our homes as well as our environment. Add to that the fact that we spend 90% of our time indoors and it’s a sure recipe for ‘sick building syndrome’ and multiple chemical sensitivity.
Respiratory infections are a well known consequence of poorly maintained air and air conditioning systems. I bet you can all recount times when one person in an office has succumbed to a cough or cold and within 2 weeks everyone has had it.
Low relative humidity levels are also associated with poor indoor air quality. During the winter months especially, humidity drops well below the ideal range. Cold winter air is normally dry and when you add your heating system into the mix you’ve got the perfect conditions for colds, allergic attacks and asthma.
Well, there’s good news from Dr Wolverton! He did some lengthy studies on house plants and their ability to purify the air.
So, if you end up with colds every winter or fatigue, headaches and sinus congestion every day, perhaps all you need is a visit to the garden centre rather than some toxic over the counter medication!
You may remember from your biology lessons at school that plants breathe in carbon dioxide and breathe out oxygen during the day. This increases humidity which helps to improve the quality of the air. According to Dr Wolverton, some plants also absorb pollutants from the air such as formaldehyde, toulene and benzene.
Following research, the recommendation is that you use 15 to 18 good-sized houseplants in 6 to 8-inch diameter containers to improve air quality in an average 1,800 square foot house.
The best plants for removing trichloroethylene were Gerbera daisy (Gerbera janesonll), Marginata (Dracaena marginata) and Peace Lily (Spethiphylium “Muana Loa”)
The best for removing benzene were Gerbera daisy (Gerbera janesonll), Pot Mum (chrysanthemum morifollum), and Peace Lily (Spethiphylium “Muana Loa”)
The best plants for removing formaldehyde were Bamboo Palm (chamaedorea selirizll), Janet Craig (Dracaena deremensis “Janet Craig”) and Mother-In-Law’s tongue ( sansevieria laurentii).
Now you have a great excuse to indulge yourself in some of nature’s finest gifts and be sure to give your friends plants whenever they move into a new home. It could be the best gift they receive!
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