Do you often suffer from headaches, dizziness, or get colds every once in a while even though you take good care of yourself? If the answer is yes, you probably wonder what might be happening to your body.
Making lists and going to the organic market might help, but being sick and having headaches might not go away so quickly and we think we can help you. Home is where the heart is, and that is wherever you spend your precious time – in your closed apartments or houses.
In fact, people spent even 90% of the time indoors and this is why inside air quality really matters. Research showed that indoor pollutants are among the top five risks to public health.
This happens because of synthetic building materials, furniture, and cleaning products, which can emit various toxic compounds such as formaldehyde. Pollutants build up in such a great amount in your home, but you are probably not aware of this pollution that you are breathing in on a daily basis.
When you live in a place that does not have proper ventilation you can develop the “sick building syndrome”, leading to the previously mentioned dizziness, nausea, headaches, and irritation of the nose, eye, or the ear.
NASA scientists worked on this to find a solution on how we can improve the air we breathe indoors. They came up with quite a simple solution – we just need to use houseplants that are going to “do the job” for us.
How can we purify indoor air?
Indoor air pollution can also be caused by bacteria, pollen, molds, or outdoor pollutants entering into the building. In order to fight these and purify indoor air, we need to make use of the natural world, i.e. plants.
By adding potted plants, you will easily reduce air particulates. Plants take in carbon dioxide, but they also absorb other particulates from the air. Carbon dioxide is then processed into oxygen in the process of photosynthesis. Moreover, there are certain microbes present in the potting soil that are the ones to “blame” for the cleaning effect the plants do.
Now all you need to do is carefully choose plants to purify your home atmosphere and enjoy your clean indoor air. NASA scientists recommend some of these wonderful and easy-to-maintain plants for your home:
We are starting with one plant that is among the easiest to maintain because it basically does not need much of a care. It will easily forgive you when not being watered or when you over-water it. Even though it isn’t at the top of the formaldehyde’s removers, it is quite effective to purify indoor air. We recommend this plant for all of you who don’t have much of a gardening experience.
As a contrast to the previous plant, this plant removes more formaldehyde than the rest of the plants. Including this, it also removes the rest of the indoor air pollutants. Some of those may include benzene and xylene (gasoline components), possibly coming from an attached garage. The bad side of this plant might be the fact that it is not so easily maintainable. It requires weekly feedings and regular watering, sometimes even on a daily basis.
This ivy is a grand species if grown outside, but it is an excellent indoor plant to use for removing the formaldehyde in your home. In terms of indoor growing, it is quite an easy plant because it just climbs up and decorates your home. It requires both a little sun and a little shade. Watering can be quite easy as well. Watering and misting need to be done occasionally during the winter to keep this plant in a healthy condition.
These easy-to-care-for plants are a must if you want to purify your air easily. Out of all the palm trees, the best air purifiers are the Dwarf Date Palm and the Bamboo Palm, but these palm trees are also good: Areca Palm, Parlor Palm, or Lady Palm. Maintaining is easy and these plants need a cooler temperature (somewhere around 60-75 ⁰F).
If you want some flowers in the plants as well, Florists’ Mum and Gerbera Daisies are the best to purify indoor air. These delicate plants need much more attention and careful watering and feeding. They also like to thrive in cooler temperatures (below 65 ⁰F). So we recommend these plants to the dedicated gardeners who love to take care of their plants and who have some gardening experience.
Rubber Plants and Janet Craigs
These two plants do not require a lot of sun. They may grow slowly because of the lack of light, but they will quickly remove formaldehyde from your indoor space and purify all the air. These famous plants do not need much care (Rubber trees require more attention). In terms of looking good, most people prefer Rubber trees over Jane Craigs.
The Peace lily plant has seashell-shaped spathes and blooms beautifully indoors. It is a great air purifier for your lovely home and brings a home decoration with itself. It works by removing benzene and formaldehyde from your office or home. This flowery plant does not require a lot of light, but be careful with the leaves, which can be poisonous to children as well as pets.
Choosing even one out of these seven plants can quickly change your life – less headaches and more decoration, and the most important one – cleaner air for all of your family at home!