Sometimes people feel they have to pay a lot of money in order to really get anything of value. In many situations this simply isn’t true. Home air purifiers are one such fallacy. It’s not to say they don’t work, many do a fantastic job. It’s just that adding plants that have natural air-purifying capabilities is much more cost efficient than purchasing an expensive home air purifier that requires electricity, filters and routine cleaning.
Scientists from NASA have studied plants and their capability to absorb dangerous toxins such as benzene, formaldehyde and carbon monoxide from indoor air for decades. While the complete list of toxins is much longer, the ones listed are the most common and can be attributed for common complaints such as headache, nausea, coughing, sore throat, allergies and asthma. Symptoms may be worse for individuals who suffer from extreme sensitivities.
One of the most popular and easiest to care for natural home air purifiers is the Peace Lily. The Peace Lily can thrive in variant atmospheres and doesn’t even require dirt. It can be grow readily in a glass container filled with water and adding one or two beta fish to keep algae down and oxygen in the water. That’s two-for-one, a home air purifier and a house pet that requires little attention.
Most any type of palm plant makes excellent air purifiers. The most commonly used palms for indoors include the Areca Palm, Date Palm (also known as the Dwarf Date Palm), Bamboo Palm (Reed Palm), and the elegant Lady Palm. These plants, like the Peace Lily, require minimal care. Due to the sharp leaves of the Date Palm, these plants are not recommended in homes where small children or pets reside. Palm varieties should have their leaves cleaned occasionally with a damp cloth to remove dust and dirt residues.
Ficus varieties also work well to clean indoor air. Two of the most popular include the Ficus Alii and the Rubber Plant. Both of these plants produce a latex sap when stems are either cut or broken. Therefore, individuals who have latex sensitivities should avoid touching these plants. These Ficus varieties are insect resistant and tend to live for many years when conditions are favorable.
The benefits of indoor house plants for air purification greatly outweigh the care required to keep them going. If one of the plants listed here doesn’t sound enticing, a complete list of NASA’s top plants for improving air quality can be found in the following article by Renewable Energy World, Top 10 Plants for Removing Indoor Toxins.
Source: NASA John C. Stennis Space Flight Center-Environmental Assurance Program; RenewableEnergy World.com