Tips to Breath Clean Air In your Home
Purify Your Indoor Air With Plants.
Plants? Think how hard you work to clean your home day in and day out. Even doing the best job of cleaning and dusting will never get our indoor air to 100% purity. We depend on our HVAC system to keep the air clean. Plants can work in tandem with your system to give you the best possible indoor air quality.
With the stuff you bring in and out of your house, it is almost guaranteed that the air is just as polluted inside as it is outside. We spray all kinds of cleaning agents in our house that have very harmful chemicals in them. These compounds are then trapped in the home with nowhere to go. This is where plants come in.
During the wintertime, we spend the most amount of time indoors. People tend to get sick more often as a result. Keeping your air filter clean can play go a long way towards a healthier home. Regular maintenance on a heating and cooling system is the most important thing you can do to increase your air quality.
In the winter, we see many installs of UV light purifiers. These can really help a HVAC system purify the air.
Studies show plants purify your home.
There was a study done by NASA in the 90’s that set out to decide which houseplants were effective at purifying the air in a house. The real test results are below.
NASA Plants for Indoor Air Pollution.
This study looked into chemicals that can cause the most harm.
- Ammonia – The most common chemical found in a cleaner or fertilizer. This cause eye irritation, cough and sore throat.
- Formaldehyde – Found in furniture and paper products, which can cause nose, mouth and throat irritation.
- Benzene- Found in detergent, paint and plastics. These can also cause eye irritation, dizziness and headaches.
These are just a few of the chemicals that they looked into. You can look at the study and read it in full. Two major problems with indoor air pollution are identifying the trace chemicals and their correlation with disease like symptoms. With plants giving us life and breathable air. We go inside our homes and trap ourselves from the outside world.
After you read the study, you will find two plants that that are most effective at filtering chemicals.
First The Peace Lily, it is great at breaking down and neutralizing toxic gases like carbon monoxide and formaldehyde. This plant is a great plant with low maintenance. They do not need to sit in the sun or watered daily. Do not tell the plant but it is not a true Lillie.
Chrysanthemum or Pot Mum, this is a common plant in front of homes. They are the ones that are yellow and attract the bees. They have been around for a long time and can help working side by side with your furnace to get most results.