Were you aware that indoor air pollutants are among the top five ecological health risks we humans face? These pollutants are responsible for headaches, nausea, dizziness, allergies, and other irritations of the ear, nose, and eyes. It is a sobering fact that we spend about 90% of our time indoors, whether it is at home or at the office. A large number of people have begun using air filters to ensure that their indoor environment is safe and conducive to healthy living. However, indoor plants offer a natural solution along with added benefits.
How can plants help indoor pollution?
Cleaning products, furniture, synthetic building material, and upholstery contribute to a buildup of indoor air pollutants. Plants have the capacity to absorb these toxic compounds. Further, with the help of photosynthesis plants are able to reproduce these toxicities into clean oxygen. The potting soil is also beneficial as it contains a large number of ‘good’ microbes that also assist in cleaning up the air.
Studies show that bringing a little bit of the garden in to your home can also make you smarter. Being exposed to fresh plants can help reduce mental fatigue, while increasing feelings of positivity and general wellbeing. Some studies also provide evidence for plants that reduce stress and hypertension. The incentives of potted plants in the home go beyond keeping the air pure.
These plants improve air quality in your house
While nearly any plant will do to help maintain air quality, here is a list of our top five. An added bonus is that these plants are among the most difficult to kill and do well even with a little neglect.
1) Aloe Vera: Just make sure that this plant is always drained properly as it does not thrive in stagnant water. In return, you can expect it to zap any trace of formaldehyde, carbon monoxide, and carbon dioxide present in your home. Its leaves are also very beneficial and contain a clear gel that is rich in antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and wound healing properties.
2) Ivy: It is believed that this plant has the capacity to remove 58% of fecal particles present in the air along with other toxins like benzene, carbon monoxide, trichloroethylene, and formaldehyde – all within 6 hours! A word of caution: Ivy can be toxic when ingested and may even cause dermatitis on contact for people with sensitive skin.
3) Ficus elastica: A native to India, this plant is easily available and is often used for decorative purposes. It can be maintained effectively in nearly any environment. Ficus elastica can help reduce carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene in the air.
4) Snake plant: This is, perhaps, one of the hardiest houseplants available. It requires some watering but generally thrives in drier conditions with an average amount of sunlight. This is an excellent option for bedrooms as it produces oxygen at night. It also removes benzene, xylene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene.
5) Spider plant: Spider plants are particularly popular for their ability to perform photosynthesis in minimal light. They are also good for absorbing gasoline, styrene, carbon monoxide, xylene, and formaldehyde. Like the snake plant, they are extremely low maintenance.
High quality living begins with good health. The beginning of a new year is an excellent time to take control and make your home a safe and healthy environment, in every possible way. Consult with a professional interior designer to select plants that do double duty in maintaining air quality while enhancing your space.