Plants to Help Purify the Air in Your Home
NASA and the Associated Landscape Contractors of America conducted a study to test whether plants play a significant role in purifying indoor air by removing organic chemicals. The study concluded that a significant number of plants will remove certain impurities. Interestingly, the chemicals chosen as part of the study included benzene, trichloroethylene, and formaldehyde; not necessarily substances most of us keep lying around the house. All three are classified as carcinogenic to humans.1 2 3.
If house plants can work their photosynthesis magic on such strong elements, what effect might they have on the impurities that drift through your home? With more time being spent indoors, why not take a DIY approach and add a few plants to your indoor landscape?
Plants covert carbon dioxide into oxygen, and as you know, humans breathe H2O. We take it in, and breathe out carbon dioxide, so it makes sense that plants enhance that process through photosynthesis, changing the carbon dioxide into energy and purifying the air at the same time. Choose your favorite plants or add one or two from our list, which in some tests have proven to remove certain chemicals.
Leafy plants are a good choice for absorbing VOCs (volatile organic compounds), and scientists are finding that particular plants are practical for removing gases, in the same way that carbon dioxide is naturally absorbed. The following are a few of the plants with air purification qualities, removing impurities by absorbing the chemicals through roots, and leaves.
While some plants are beneficial for removing impurities from the air, they are simultaneously hazardous to pets. Read the labels that are distributed with plants and flowers, and speak with someone at your local garden center regarding toxicity, before purchasing and exposing plants to your dog, cat or other pets.
Scatter a few plants from the list below around your home, to help improve the quality of air in your home.
English Ivy is a perennial vine that may be a useful addition to the bathrooms in your home. Scientists believe it has the ability to combat mold and also to reduce airborne particles that originate in the toilet.
A purifying plant that is also a colorful addition to your decor, the chrysanthemum assists in filtering out toxins that may be found in your pantry, laundry room or recycle bin. The ingredients used to manufacture plastics and that are included in detergents, are toxins on which chrysanthemums have purifying effect.
Anyone would display a Barberton daisy for its simplistic beauty, but it has also been connected as an effective purifier to some harmful toxins and chemicals. Synthetic fibers and paints are formulated with toxins that Barberton Daisies help to cleanse. It also helps cleanse the air of benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene.
Aloe Vera is well known for its healing properties, which is why some cooks choose to keep the plant in a kitchen window sill. Not only does the succulent soothe minor burns and cuts, it also assists in purifying the air of toxins found in the ingredients used to clean the kitchen or to finish the floors and furniture in the house.
A plant that is more visually appealing than its name, a snake plant, also known as Mother-in-Laws Tongue (even less appealing) is a succulent. Like all plants it releases oxygen. However, the oxygen from a snake plant is delivered at night. Placing one in the bedroom could help you to get a good night’s sleep as it also helps to filter out multiple toxins, including formaldehyde, benzene, toluene and trichloroethylene.
Plants have a two-fold purpose: they beautify your home, while also helping to keep the air that you breathe fresh. A quality, well-functioning air condition system is even more essential to that process.
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