Improve Home Health With Air Purifier Plants

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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has done studies indicating that indoor air pollution is a more consistent threat to your health than outdoor pollution. This pollution comes primarily from volatile organic chemicals (VOC) like formaldehyde that are present in new building materials such as carpeting, paneling, cabinets, fabrics, etc. This pollution can be reduced with proper air filtration by an electronic air filter, by certain plants, or both.

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has spent two decades researching plants that remove toxic chemicals from the air for use in space stations. The following five plants have been found to be particularly effective in clearing the air of formaldehyde, benzene, and trichloroethylene.

Plants Effective at Clearing the Air of Volatile Organic Chemicals (VOCs)

  1. Mass cane (Dracaena massangeana)
  2. Pot mum (Chrysanthemum morifolium)
  3. Gerbera daisy (Gerbera jamesonii)
  4. Warnecki (Dracaena deremensis “Warneckei”)
  5. Ficus (Ficus benjamina)

Other Plants Effective at General Air Purification

  • English ivy (Hedera helix)
  • Marginata (Dracaena marginata)
  • Mother-in-laws tongue (Sansevieria laurentii)
  • Peace lily (Spathiphyllum “Mauna Loa”)
  • Chinese Evergreen (Algona “silver queen”)
  • Banana (Musa oriana)
  • Bamboo palm (Chamaedorea seifrizii)
  • Heart leaf philodendron (Philodendron oxycardium)
  • Green spider plant (Chlorophytum elatum)
  • Janet Craig (Dracaena deremensis)

If you have children or pets, please note that many of these plants are poisonous when taken internally. Give special consideration to placement of these plants in your household.

Home Health Tips

  • Maintain good ventilation by changing the air filter on your furnace
  • Reduce evaporation and concentration of gases by:
    • Lowering your thermostat to 65 degrees or less
    • Maintaining humidity at <50% (this also helps reduce house mite proliferation)
  • Reduce tracked-in toxins (especially lead, dust, pesticides, etc.) by leaving your shoes at the door
  • Decrease dust and mites in common areas by:
    • Eliminating clutter (maximizes easily cleanable spaces)
    • Cleaning at least once a week
    • Replacing carpeting with wood or tile floors and cleanable throw rugs
    • Use washable coverings for pillows, cushions, comforters, etc.
  • Filter all tap water
  • Use non-toxic solvents, cleaners, paints
  • Increase the use of full spectrum lights