Indoor air quality affects our health in many ways but there are some simple solutions that can help improve the air we breath. Our air supply can be compromised, especially through the winter months when the air is cold and frigid and we can’t open the windows or doors to allow fresh air in. It’s hard to escape the pollutants whether you live in an apartment or house — there are going to be pollutants that are dangerous to your health. It’s especially harmful to those who suffer from asthma, allergies, other chronic lung conditions, dermatitis. For anyone who desires ultimate health, it is essential to keep the air in your home and work place as pollutant free as possible.
One simple and natural solution is the use of indoor plants that can have a huge impact on reducing the toxicity of indoor air quality. They provide a valuable weapon to fight indoor air pollution as well as being decorative.
According to NASA scientists, plants are surprisingly useful in absorbing potentially harmful gases and cleaning the air. NASA and the Associated Landscape Contractors of America (ALCA) performed a two year study and their findings suggest that certain plants can be sophisticated pollution-absorbing devices and can help naturally combat “Sick Building Syndrome.”
Pollutants from newly remodeled or new buildings that are off-gassing from new paint, carpets, newly stained or sealed woods and plastics, and furniture release large amounts of chemicals into the interior environment. In office — copiers, inks, and cleaning supplies also release fumes. The three most common toxins are Benzene, Formaldehyde, and Trichloroethylene. Plants naturally absorb and help to remove these pollutants.
Plants are a natural air filtration system that literally inhale toxic chemicals and then process them into harmless elements that are then exhaled back into the room. Plants not only do this through their leaves, but the roots and the soil bacteria all play an important role in removing toxic vapors.
Dr Wolverton’s NASA research recommends placing one ornamental indoor plant per 100 square feet and selecting large leafy plants and mixing the plant species to combat a full range of toxins.
NASA Top 15 Plant List is — English Ivy, Spider plant, PeaceLily, Chinese Evergreen, Lady or Reed Palms, Snake plant, Heartleaf Philodendron, Selloum or Tree Philodendron, Elephant Ear Philodendron, Golden Pothos, Dracaena Marginata (red-edged), Magic Bamboo, Janet Craig Draceana, Dracaena (Warneckii), and the Weeping Fig.
Indoor air pollution is a serious health problem in our society today and has impacted our lives in many ways, even if we are not aware of it. The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) says that sick buildings cause an estimated loss of $61 billion a year in employee absenteeism, medical costs, reduced productivity, and lower earnings.
Try buying some plants for your office and home. It will add color and a touch of class to your home or office, but more importantly it will help you breath easier and help you physically and emotionally well being. Another great way to help indoor air quality is with a high quality air cleaner and purifier. Remember it is not Rocket Science – just plants that are nature way of cleaning our polluted air. BREATHE DEEPLY!
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