Some Useful Houseplants That Can Improve Indoor Air Quality
Can houseplants really help to improve indoor air quality? The answer is yes. In the 1970s, scientists found that the synthetic materials in the construction of Skylab space station omitted chemical fumes. The following studies conducted by researchers on many different kinds of houseplants showed NASA that some of them could improve the air.
Houseplants are capable of removing carbon dioxide from the air, in turn releasing oxygen. In addition, they can produce moisture in dry air affected by heat or air conditioning.
Some houseplants can actually take toxins out of interior air.
Why does air we breathe in homes or offices contain pollutants? Following are the possible reasons:
- New building standards came into effect during the 1970s that required more airtight construction of buildings to save fuel costs. There was an energy crisis at that time. To save much more energy, newly constructed buildings and houses were more airtight, and older buildings were also renovated to be airtight. Although they let in too much cold air, drafty windows on older buildings actually brought fresh air and circulated the indoor air.
- Many synthetic products or materials can release toxic fumes during the process of off-gassing. TVs, computers, building materials and plastic materials give off toxins, such as benzene, ammonia, formaldehyde, xylene and toluene.
Chronic problems, like respiratory issues, fatigue, distraction and skin issues, may be caused by chemically treated products, synthetic products, or just because we are living in an airtight environment or space.
In order to improve the indoor air, we can grow some houseplants in our homes or offices. Houseplants can beautify the environment. What’s more, they can refresh air by reducing or removing the toxins. As they are inexpensive and easy to care for and purchase, houseplants are an absolutely ideal choice for homes or offices. You can also place them in the garage or workshop to create more comfortable environments.
There are only two houseplants that can totally remove toxic fumes: Chrysanthemum morifolium and peace lily. Most houseplants are generally tropical evergreens, but “mums” are deciduous plants and normally bloom in relatively cool weather. It may be great to have “mums” at home for a couple of weeks but not for a long time, since they can’t thrive forever and can’t be treated as permanent houseplants.
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