January 4, 2016
We all learned in science class that plants take in carbon dioxide and output oxygen, but as adults we rarely put two and two together to realize that house plants are built to be natural air filters! The concept is simple: plants take in benzene, trichloroethylene and formaldehyde, the three most harmful indoor toxins, and produce clean air for us to breath. Adding the right house plants to your home is an easy way to help keep your indoor air cleaner.
Bamboo removes benzene, trichloroethylene and formaldehyde while also adding moisture to the air to act as a natural humidifier. Plus, some say keeping bamboo shoots in your home will bring you good luck. Thats a win-win-win in our book.
Aloe Vera is a big formaldehyde filter and it’s another win-win plant since it can be used to treat sunburns.
The Spider Plant is rated by NASA’s Clean Air Study as one of the top 3 plants for removing formaldehyde and other toxins. It grows very quickly and sprouts tons of baby spider plants year-round, making this a great choice for filling your home without spending a lot.
A Peace Lily is most noted for its talents of removing airborne chemicals from cleaning products. Perhaps it would be a good idea to keep this plant in your kitchen, bathroom and other rooms that are heavily cleaned.
The Dracaena plant is best at removing trichloroethylene. If you use any heavy-duty cleaning products in your workshop or garage, consider placing this plant there to help filter the air.
A Boston Fern removes formaldehyde better than any other plant, so make sure to keep at least one of these in your home. They also act as great natural humidifiers like the bamboo.
Golden Pothos process general air toxins well and are very easy to grow. Like crazy easy to keep alive. If you don’t have a green thumb, start with this plant to ensure success.
The English Ivy is a hazard for the exterior of buildings but makes a very helpful house plant. It excels at removing benzene from the air so it’s a great choice if anyone in your family suffers from asthma.
The Gerbera Daisy is pretty and a hard worker! It removes benzene and absorbs tons of carbon dioxide so you are guaranteed get a lot of clean air from this flower.
Garden Mums remove all three major toxins very well. Rid your house of benzene, trichloroethylene and formaldehyde, and the bonus of ammonia with this colorful plant.
Indoor air can be up to five times more polluted than outdoor air. Adding the right plants to your home can help improve your indoor air quality, but it may not be enough to protect your long-term health.
Awair monitors chemicals and toxins in your air and gives you the insight you need to be more deliberate in your choices and create a healthier indoor environment.
As the leaves begin to change and we settle our families back into the routine of a new school year, we may notice a few rooms in our homes starting to double as spaces for homework, studying, and catching up on work. However, it’s not always easy to motivate ourselves or our children to be productive in the comfort of our own homes.
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that tens of billions of dollars are lost every year due to low office air quality impacting the health of office staff. The science of indoor air is so important that a report published by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health cited indoor air as one of the nine key foundations of a healthy office building.