Indoor Air Purifying Plants

Give your home or office a wellness makeover that’s easy on the budget! Even in huge, busy cities, outdoor air is cleaner and preferable to indoor air. Why is that? One reason is that trees and plants are constantly cleaning the air outside. Plants, as well as common soil microorganisms, have been shown to reduce indoor levels of carbon dioxide, formaldehyde, benzene, trichloroethylene and nitrogen dioxide. Certain plants can help relieve allergies and asthma, act as an air humidifier and remove airborne chemical toxins, feces, mold and computer emissions.

Plants also have the ability to trap airborne dust particles on leaf surfaces. Dust collects on leaf surfaces through sedimentation, impaction and precipitation, thereby helping to keep your electronics clean! This is a great step towards increasing wellness in the home, or employee and patient wellness in an office or hospital setting.

Carbon dioxide is removed from the body via the lungs in the exhaled air. CO2 is also produced when fossil fuels are burned. Exposure to carbon dioxide can produce a variety of health effects. These may include headaches, dizziness, restlessness, a tingling or pins or needles feeling, difficulty breathing, sweating, tiredness, increased heart rate, elevated blood pressure, coma, asphyxia and convulsions.

Formaldehyde, a known human carcinogen (cancer-causing substance) is used in pressed-wood products, such as particleboard, plywood, and fiberboard, glues and adhesives, permanent-press fabrics, paper product coatings, and certain insulation materials.

Nitrogen dioxide mostly comes from power plants and cars. Nitrogen dioxide can also react in the atmosphere to form ozone, acid rain, and particles. The main effect of breathing in raised levels of nitrogen dioxide is the increased likelihood of respiratory problems. This can cause problems such as wheezing, coughing, colds, flu and bronchitis. Increased levels of nitrogen dioxide can have significant impacts on people with asthma because it can cause more frequent and more intense attacks.

Benzene works by causing cells not to work correctly. For example, it can cause bone marrow not to produce enough red blood cells, which can lead to anemia. Also, it can damage the immune system by changing blood levels of antibodies and causing the loss of white blood cells. Indoor air generally contains levels of benzene higher than those in outdoor air. The benzene in indoor air comes from products that contain benzene such as glues, paints, furniture wax, and detergents. A major source of benzene exposure is cigarette smoke.

Trichloroethylene is used as a solvent and degreaser and in the manufacturing of other chemicals. It is found in consumer products such as paints and paint removers, adhesives, rug cleaners, typewriter correction fluids, metal cleaners, pepper sprays, and spot removers. TCE is commonly found in air and identified as a water pollutant in numerous groundwater aquifers. TCE has been linked to cancer in multiple organs, harms the respiratory and nervous system and has been associated with birth defects.

Dr. Bill C. Wolverton carried out much of NASA’s research studying the use of plants for waste water treatment. He researched the effectiveness of plants in removing common indoor air pollutants. While at NASA, Wolverton and his colleagues placed over a dozen popular indoor plants in sealed plexiglass chambers of 0.44 to 0.88 m3 (18.54 – 34.08ft3). He tested benzene, trichloroethylene and formaldehyde by injecting them into the chamber to reach concentrations from 15 to 20 ppm. After 24 hours, chemical measurements were only fractions of the chemicals measured in the chamber air immediately after injection.

Prices per plant installation are flexible and therefore budget friendly, as we can use large or small floor plants, plants that can be put on a plant stand and hanging plants.

Add a little Feng Shui into the location of where the plants can go to attract luck and prosperity and voila!

Please contact me for a consultation appointment to discuss how we can turn your environment into a cleaner, healthier one!