Air quality is important for a multitude of reasons. Poor air quality can lead to health problems, aggravate allergies and even have an impact on energy levels as well as concentration. No home’s air quality is perfect. In almost every case there are a wide variety of toxic chemicals lurking unnoticeably in the background.
Many common toxic substances affect air quality in homes including:
- Formaldehyde, can be emitted via a variety of household building products and furniture. While in most cases the effects of formaldehyde are minimal, it has been proven to cause cancer in humans and can trigger asthma attacks and allergic reactions when present in high levels.
- Another common component affecting air quality is the glue that holds pressed-wood or particleboard furniture and cabinets together.
- Air quality is also impacted by chemicals related to natural gas stoves, carpet glues, flooring glues, caulks, sealants, paints, furniture finishes as well as stain-repellent finishes applied to upholstery.
If you are concerned about the air quality in your home, there is one solution that’s easy to apply and adds many other positive benefits to your abode. Check out these easy to find clean air plants that can brighten up your indoor life as well as improve the air quality:
Bamboo Palm – The bamboo palm, also referred to a reed palm, is easy to care for inside your home because it thrives with little sun. The bamboo palm makes a nice green accent and also provides additional benefits of aiding in the removal of harmful elements such as benzene and formaldehyde.
Boston Fern – Boston Ferns are a popular and inexpensive houseplant choice that effectively removes more formaldehyde than any other plant. They’re also highly efficient at removing components of gasoline exhaust, which can migrate indoors through the garage.
Aloe Vera – Aloe Vera is an easy-to-grow succulent shown to clear byproducts of chemical-based cleaners, paints and more from your indoor atmosphere. It’s also great to have around for sunburns, minor burns, rashes or skin irritations.
Spider plant – The resilient spider plant adds greenery to your indoor living space with the benefit of battling away toxic fumes associated with benzene, formaldehyde, carbon monoxide and xylene, a solvent used in the leather, rubber and printing industries.
Chinese Evergreen – The Chinese evergreen is a great choice for indoor foliage because it thrives in low-to-medium light and has been shown to maintain a healthy air quality in the home.
The highest percentage of our time is spent indoors, making healthy air a top priority. Studies performed by NASA as well as the Journal of American Society of Horticultural Science have proven several plants can filter out common volatile organic compounds. Check out this list of clean air plants that will add accent, flair, greenery and serve the purpose of improving your indoor air.
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