Most of us are taught in basic, elementary school science classes that plants take in the carbon dioxide we breathe out and convert it into oxygen that we breathe in through a process called photosynthesis. This is why “talking to your plants” has a beneficial effect on them. Did you know, however, that some household plants can filter a lot more than carbon dioxide from the air in your home or office? Learn more about the so-called houseplant air purifier.
The NASA Clean Air Study, in conjunction with the Associated Landscape Contractors of America, observed multiple species of plants and different air pollutants, basing their study on photosynthesis, to see what would happen. They discovered that some plants can filter out chemicals found in many homes and businesses, especially those that have been weatherized to have a tight seal.
Some of these chemicals, namely benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene, can be hazardous to your health. Benzene is an element in gasoline and is also produced via cigarette smoke. Formaldehyde can be found in some fabrics, paints and insulation, and trichloroethylene is often found in chemical degreasers (though rarely found in the home). A houseplant air purifier can help remove those nasty pollutants from your indoor environment.
These are just a few of the plants that can help remove pollutants from your indoor air, and most of them are fairly easy to care for:
- English ivy
- Chinese evergreen
- Peace lily
- Spider plant
- Golden pothos or devil’s ivy
- Aloe vera
- Red-edged, cornstalk, Janet Craig and warnock dracena
- Gerbera daisy
Even if you don’t need them to help improve your indoor air quality, they’ll still spruce up your home. So head on out to your local garden center and pick up your very own houseplant air purifier.
If you have questions about air purification or any heating or air conditioning issue, please feel free to contact us at Paschal Heat, Air & Geothermal. Our experts have been serving northwest Arkansas for over 45 years and are more than happy to help.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Springdale, Arkansas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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