Thursday, July 7, 2011

Plants that Clean the Air

Plants that Clean the Air

Did you know that your indoor air may be 5 to 7 times more polluted than the outside air?

Common indoor plants may provide a valuable weapon in the fight against rising levels of indoor air pollution and sick building syndrome. Those plants in your home or office are not only decorative, but NASA scientists are finding them to be surprisingly useful in absorbing potentially harmful gases and cleaning the air inside modern buildings.

Of course the very presence of plants has been shown to increase positive feelings and reduce feelings of anxiety, anger and sadness.

The major health and wellbeing benefits of interior plants include:

  • Absorption of harmful substances
  • Filtration of dust and dirt from the environment
  • Dampening of sound levels
  • Reduction of stress levels
  • Increased humidity levels
  • Cooling effect
  • Lifting of the general mood
  • Emission of oxygen refreshing the air

Here are 10 recommended indoor plants rated for their ecological benefits. These plants have been selected according to ease of growth and maintenance, resistance to pests, efficiency at removing chemical vapors, and transpiration rates.

It's suggested that one plant should be allowed for approximately 10 square yards of floor space, assuming average ceiling heights of 8 to 9 feet. This means that you need two or three plants to contribute to good air quality in the average domestic living room of about 20 to 25 square yards.