How dirty is the air in our homes? The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has declared that indoor air is one of the top 5 public health threats to Americans. This is frightening considering that most people spend approximately 65% of their time at home, even more now due to COVID 19. Our homes have many dangerous pollutants in the air, most commonly found are: pollen, pet dander, cleaning solvent, glue from composite wood furniture, mold, bacteria, fungi, viruses, cosmetics, plastics, etc. The good news is that there are also many ways to purify your home's air.
One of those ways is to fill your home with the natural beauty of houseplant's. A plant can be much more than decor. A room with multiple plants can efficiently clean the air we breathe. We recommend having at least one houseplant for every 100 square feet of space for optimal air cleaning. Our 3 top favorite air purifying houseplants are The Parlor Palm, Snake plant Laurentii, & Rubber Tree.
Like all plants it takes in carbon dioxide and releases oxygen. However, what sets the Parlor Palm apart is its ability to remove dangerous chemicals such as benzene and trichloroethylene. The best place to keep your Parlor palm is the living room, where furniture can release pollutants into the air.
The Snake plant is one of the most oxygen producing houseplants. Which is why we suggest keeping one or even a few in your Bedroom. They reduce the CO2 at night due to Crassulacean Acid Metabolism (CAM), the capability to perform a particular type of photosynthesis. CAM plants are drought tolerant and open their stomata in the evening to minimize water loss in hot conditions. One of its many health benefits include small contributions in getting rid of toxic air pollutants. Other than CO2, it can absorb benzene, formaldehyde, xylene, and toluene. These cancer-causing pollutants have been proven to be dangerous to our health.
The large leaves of the Rubber Tree allow it to draw in large amounts of contaminants, making it efficient at cleaning the air. They can remove chemicals, such as trichloroethylene, formaldehyde, carbon monoxide and benzene. Bacteria and mold spores are harmful to the rubber plant, so part of the plant’s defense system is to kill them while they are airborne. This process can reduce mold and bacteria in a room by as much as 50 or 60 percent. We recommend placing this houseplant in your living room.