The Impact of Plants on the Air Quality in Your Home

by Editor on August 30, 2013

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Typically, when we’re out shopping for a new plant to put on our living room’s coffee table or to sit in our kitchen’s window sill, we’re using them to help make the rooms in our house seem more warm and comfortable. Yet, did you know that aside from the aesthetic appeal that comes from plants that there are many health benefits that come with them too?

If you’ve been considering purchasing a Spider Plant, English Ivy or Gerber Daisy, we’re about to show you how you are doing a great thing, not just for the look of your house, but its air quality too.

Plants help in removing harmful contaminants. Here’s something that just might surprise you. Were you aware of the fact that when it comes to the amount of pollution that is in the air, the inside of your home is 5-10 times more contaminated than the exterior? Aside from opening your windows in the evenings, another way to reduce the harmful contaminants in your space is by putting a few plants within it.

Plants naturally absorb carbon monoxide. If you’ve noticed that you’ve been having headaches or feeling a bit nauseas, it could be due to the fact that you have too much carbon monoxide inside of your home (a carbon monoxide detector can help you to know for sure). One thing that you can do to emit more oxygen into the atmosphere by as much as 10-15 percent is to buy some plants. That’s because they naturally decrease your home’s carbon footprint.

Plants alleviate certain physical symptoms. If you’re someone who battles with allergies, congestion, drowsiness, insomnia or any kind of cold-related illnesses, plants can help to alleviate them. As a matter of fact, it has been proven that by having an Aloe Vera, Bamboo Palm, Boston Fern, Moss Cane or even something as beautiful as the Dragon Tree around, you can actually decrease the dust in your house along with any kind of cold-related illnesses by as much as 30-40 percent; this alone is a good enough reason to pick up a plant or two.

Plants control the humidity levels within the home. Another reason that you can get better indoor air quality with plants is because if your home does not have enough moisture in the air, aside from purchasing a humidifier, a pretty way to treat the problem is by placing a few plants in some of the drier rooms. They help to put more humidity into the atmosphere.

Plants improve your health. Another reason why it’s a good idea to use more plants in your home décor is because there are several studies which indicate that having plants around can actually improve the quality of your health. As a matter of fact, there was one study which compared some patients’ rooms that had plants inside of them to some that didn’t. The patients with the plants showed signs of having lower heart rate and blood pressure, plus they actually made fewer requests for pain medication too. So, if you want to feel better, a plant is a pretty and reliable way to help you do that. It’s good for both your home as well as your health!

photo by: Orin Zebest

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