Today my friends I would like to discuss indoor air quality and how it affects our health each and everyday and some simple solutions that can help improve the air we breath, especially the months when it cold outside and we can’t open the windows or doors. No matter what kind of home you live in or where you work there is going to be pollutants. To people with asthma, allergies, other chronic lung conditions, dermatitis and for anyone else who desires ultimate health it is essential to keep the air in our homes and work places as pollutant free as possible.
Amazingly, the use of indoor plants 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 surprising 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 that sick buildings cause an estimated loss of $61 billion a year in employee absenteeism, medical costs, reduced productivity, and lower earnings.
So why not try buying some plants for your office and home, not only does it look great but it can help you physically and emotionally feel better. After you have your home decorated with beautiful plants 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.
Our ultimate goal is to “Go Green” and to “Save Our Planet Earth!”
Quote of the Day: “The system of nature, of which man is a part, tends to be self-balancing, self-adjusting, self-cleansing. Not so with technology!” ~ E.F. Schumacher