Saturday, February 27, 2010

15 House Plants You Can Use As Air Purifiers

(Areca Palm Tree- the very best air purifying plant)

A friend shared this... Lots of good info and you might just have some of these plants in your home already. You just have to remember to water them. :)

The 15 house plants are: Area Palm Tree, Lady Palm, Bamboo Palm, Boston Fern, Rubber Plant, Dracaena, English Ivy, Date Palm Tree, Ficus Alii, Peace Lilly, Aloe Vera, Spider Plants, Chrysanthemum, Heart Leaf Philodendron, Snake Plants.

Tip: there should be six inch plant for every 100 sq feet of interior living space.

Full article can be found HERE, and evidence behind the claim that plants can purify your household air below.

1. NASA Research
A NASA research document came to the conclusion that “house plants can purify and rejuvenate air within our houses and workplaces, safeguarding us all from any side effects connected with prevalent toxins such as formaldehyde, ammonia and also benzene.

2. Interior Plants: Their Influence on Airborne Microbes inside Energy-efficient Buildings
In another study made in 1996, a bedroom with no plants had 50% more colonies of airborne microbes than a room which contained houseplants.

3. Foliage Plants For Indoor Removal of The Primary Combustion Gases Carbon Monoxide and Nitrogen Dioxide
During a laboratory experiment in 1985, Dr. Wolverton PHD compared the removal of carbon monoxide and nitrogen dioxide using a sealed chamber of spider plants.

4. Dr Wolverton – Formaldehyde removal experiment
In another laboratory study by Dr. Wolverton PHD, he compared a number of house plants at removing formaldehyde from a sealed chamber. Formaldehyde is a common household toxin that is released from a variety of household items.

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