When we’re outside, driving around in our cars, there are a lot of us who see signs on the highway telling us what the air quality is like. And being that there are a lot of emissions that our vehicles tend to put out into the air, that’s why it’s so important to get your oil changed regularly, to not leave your car idling for more than a minute and to carpool as much as possible.
But when it comes to dealing with the air quality that’s inside of our homes, here’s something that may surprise you: According to several published reports, for many of us, the air quality inside of our houses is actually 3-5 times worse than what we are breathing outside.
So what can you do about it? There are several things. You can use natural house cleaners (they have less fumes). If have a dog, you can wash your pet outdoors (to cuts down on the dander). You can open up your windows and turn on your ceiling fans (to increase air circulation). And, you can put some plants in your house.
That’s right. Another great way to improve your indoor air quality is to use plants. If you’re interested in knowing how some of them work to purify the air, we’ve provided you with a list of five of our absolute favorites below:
Aloe Vera. If you happen to have an Aloe Vera plant in your home, then you may already know about all of the medicinal benefits that comes with owning one. Aloe Vera plants help to reduce inflammation, they are a natural disinfectant and they are great for soothing the skin too. Plus, as an added bonus, they are proven to filter out small quantities of benzene and formaldehyde in the air.
Gerber Daisies. Do you like flowers? If so, one that is sure to put a smile onto your face is the Gerber Daisy; especially since they come in such a wide variety of bright and beautiful colors. And when it comes to keeping the air clean, they are great for that as well. A big part of the reason why is because they have been known to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide in the air along with helping to get rid of any trichloroethylene and benzene that may be in the rooms of your house.
Golden Pothos. If you wouldn’t mind getting a plant but you’re not someone who is known for having much of a green thumb, how about purchasing a Golden Pothos? For one thing, they don’t require a lot of maintenance. Also, they are known for getting rid of all kinds of toxins including carbon monoxide, toluene, xylene, and formaldehyde.
English Ivy. Did you just have a licensed HVAC technician come and service your unit? If so, they probably shared with you other ways that you can keep the quality of air in the rooms of your house clean such as changing your filters and learning more about the importance of ductwork vacuuming too. Well, speaking of making your air better to breathe, another plant that removes carbon monoxide is the English Ivy. In fact, it’s a really effective plant to put in your kitchen or living room (if you happen to be a smoker).
Peace Lily. One of our absolute favorite air-purifying plants is the Peace Lily. It’s an attractive plant that cleans the air in so many ways. Aside from removing toxins such as trichloroethylene and formaldehyde, it also has the reputation for removing mold spores and ammonia too. That’s why it’s a great plant to decorate your bathroom with. For more information on other wonderful air purifying plants, visit MNN and put “air purifying plants” in the search field.