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Saturday, December 5, 2015

Houseplants That Can Reduce Indoor Air Pollution

            Controlling indoor air pollution, although vital in maintaining a healthy life, can unfortunately prove costly. Removing mold from you floors or installing a new HVAC system can cost thousands of dollars. Although growing plants within your home won’t completely fix indoor air issues it can be a cost effective way maintain a healthier household. They’re also very good for offices and schools as well.  Plants help filter out volatile organic compounds by absorbing particles in the air when they consume carbon dioxide, and then they process those particles into oxygen. Numerous studies have shown that plants can reduce indoor air pollution. One study conducted at Pennsylvania State University, which was addressed in an issue of the American Society of Horticultural Science’s journal, proved that when ozone was injected into a chamber with plants it was significantly less polluted than one without plants. It was also found that plants are ligament air purifiers in the NASA Clean Air Study. The science behind the theory is proven, but what plants are best for filtering air? Five of the top plants for filtering indoor air are:

Golden Pathos
NASA considered this plant to be the most effective one for eliminating formaldehyde. It is effective, also, because it grows fast and is very hard to kill even if you neglect to water it every now and then. It is also very effective for eliminating carbon monoxide.


Spider Plant
The spider plant grows with natural light and bi-weekly watering and grows incredibly fast. It also a very hard to kill plant and is most effective with eliminating carbon monoxide and xylene. It was one of the plants used in the tests done at Pennsylvania State University and can also fight against formaldehyde and benzene. 


Snake Plant
The snake plant does well in low light environment as it sucks in carbon dioxide and releases oxygen during the night. It’s an easy plant to take care of and is great for reducing formaldehyde that leaks from your carpet and wood furniture.


Peace Lily
One of the more visually appealing plants in the group the peace lily is great for removing lots of pollution. The small but mighty plant removes ammonia, benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene. It does contribute some pollen and can be toxic so be mindful when around small children.


English Ivy 
The English Ivy is particularly useful with homes that have smokers. It is able to purify small areas with its ability to soak up carcinogens from second hand smoke. It doesn’t require much maintenance and has an invasive nature. Researchers also found it useful in eliminating fecal matter particles in the air. 

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1 comment:

  1. This was a great reminder to bring more green-ery inside! Thanks!

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