House Plants Purifying Indoor Air?
Purify Your Indoor Air With Plants.
First think plants? Think how hard you work to clean your home day in and day out. We can do all that cleaning and dusting and still will never be able to get 100% purity. We hope our HVAC system can keep the air clean. With the stuff you bring in and out of your house you can almost guarantee 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. We spray these compounds in our house and trap these chemicals long after we are done cleaning.
During the winter time we spend more time indoors than summer. We notice that we often get sick as well. Keeping your air filter clean can play such a big part of that. Regular maintenance on a heating and cooling system is so important. Winter times we see a lot of installs of UV light purifiers. These can really help a HVAC system purify air.
There was a study done by NASA in the 90’s that set out to determine which houseplants were effective at purifying the air in a house. The actual test can be seen here. 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 the identification of 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 our selves from the out side world.
After you read the study, you will find 2 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 if you do not have a green thumb. They require little maintenance. They do not need to be sitting 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 maximum results.
Take your time in choosing a plant for you. Keep your life clean and live a healthy life.