Nature’s Air Filters Exchange Toxins For Pure Oxygen

Poor air control and ventilation is unavoidable, even with the most advanced filtration equipment. Indoor air pollutants have been ranked among the top five environmental risks to public health.

Stagnant air in buildings and homes allow pollutants to build up and stay in a localized area. With people spending more than 90 percent of their time in their homes, being able to have good filtration and air flow is important. Filtration and air purifying units can cost a fortune and do little to nothing to fix the problem. A more natural method of air purification that works and is relatively inexpensive are plants. Plants take in carbon dioxide and release oxygen through photosynthesis. Microorganisms present in potting soiling also play a roll in air purification by removing toxins from the air. Beyond air pollution control, plants also aid in reducing stress and add a decorative element. Here are some of the best plants to have in your house to help with air purification.

Garden mum proved to be the champion of air purification in research conducted by NASA. They are able to eliminate ammonia, benzene, formaldehyde and xylene from indoor air. Spider plants are one of the easiest houseplants to grow and are fans of bright, indirect sunlight, removing formaldehyde and xylene as they soak up the rays. Dracenas come in over 40 varieties, with a wide variety to complement any setting or decor. They are able to remove benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene and xylene from the air. In addition to its health benefits, aloe vera is a great plant to have around the house as a purifier, being able to remove formaldehyde from the air. This plant also doesn’t mind if you snip a tip off and squeeze out some gel to soothe burns.

— Scott Lakeram

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