“Greening” the Air in Your Home

August 26, 2009by Cristan Fadal

Going green, living green, driving green, etc.  Do you feel like Green Living is all the rage right now?   Well, trend or not, we have to agree that it is a great one to follow.

 Did you know that the area quality in your home may be harmful for your health?  Our homes aren’t an oasis from our toxic modern environment; in fact the inside of our houses can have very poor air quality due to fumes from cigarette smoke, furnishings, paint and other items. Some items can give off these fumes for many years – that smell of fresh paint and new carpets isn’t harmful just while you can detect it. 

The airborne chemical cocktail inside our home often includes:

  • Benzene – used in oils, paints, plastic, rubber
  • Tr ichloroethylene(TCE) – paints, lacquers, varnishes and adhesive
  • Formaldehyde – foam, clothing, particle board, carpets.

All of the above have been shown to be potent environmental pollutants and likely carcinogens in humans.

 There is a very simple solution to improve every breathe we take in our homes.  Bring the outdoors in…with green plants.  There are several varieties of plants that will make our homes not only smell better but will act as an all natural air filter!

 A classic NASA study found that common house plants could improve air quality. In fact, they reported that houseplants were able to remove up to 87 percent of air toxins in 24 hours.

 The recommendation? Use 15 to 18 “good-sized” house plants in 6- to 8-inch diameter containers for an 1,800 square-foot house.

Here is a helpful list of the top nine air purifying plants: 

  • Dragon Tree
  • Ivy
  • Ficus
  • Philodendrons
  • Spider Plants
  • Peace Lilies
  • Ferns
  • Chrysanthemums
  • Palms

 Want to learn more about this topic?  Visit www.amazon.com to purchase ”How to Grow Fresh Air: 50 House Plants that Purify Your Home or Office” by B.C. Wolverton. 

 Happy shopping! 

Jennifer Fadal

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