Use Houseplants to Increase Your Home's Indoor Air QualityHouseplants are quite simply one of the most functional ways to decorate the home. They can be used to purify the air we breath, and the very sight of them helps us to de-stress.

In recent years, science has shown what many people have considered a wive’s tale – or simply an exaggeration – that houseplants can have hugely positive effects on general health by improving air quality. 

Sufferers of respiratory problems like asthma (currently reaching epidemic proportions) and people in good health alike will benefit by having houseplants in the home.

Research conducted by NASA and by Dutch scientists studying the benefits of plants on the sickly, has shown that the right foliage in the home can reduce toxins in the air which are present in all homes.

If you’re a nature enthusiast, living in Northwest Arkansas’ urban sprawl, that will come as good news. Another helpful fact: keeping multiple types of houseplants in the home will provide maximum benefit, clearing away a greater variety of those everyday toxins.

The culprits include toxins such as trichloroethylene, as well as more  benzene, formaldehyde and carbon monoxide. These are found in just about every home – in paint removers, rubber, detergents, furniture foam. NASA research has shown that the following houseplants can remove these chemicals with great efficiency:

Gerber Daisy    – (Gerbera Jamesonii) – Removes trichloroethylene

Aloe                 –  (Aloe Vera)  –    Clears formaldehyde and benzine

Golden Pathos – (Scindapsus Aures) – Removes formaldehyde

Tiger Lily        – (Spathiphyllum) – Filters formaldehyde,trichloroethylene, benzine, xylene & toluene

Bamboo Palm (Chamaedorea Sefritzii) – One of the best for combating benzene                                           also helpful in humidifying the home.

Dracaena – (Dracaena Deremensis ‘Warneckii’) Removes a number of toxins given off                                 by furniture polish

Used in combination with HEPA and MERV grade filters, the quality of the air you breath can be optimized even further, even saving you from hospital bills in the future. And after all, your health is the ultimate investment.

Paschal Heat, Air and Geothermal is the innovative and trusted name in HVAC installation, maintenance and servicing in the Northwest Arkansas area. Visit our website for more information or contact us by telephone at (479)715-0104.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Springdale, Arkansas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).  For more information about indoor air quality and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.

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