In late August 2018 a study revealed that an average brit spends 90% of their time indoors including time travelling in the car or public transport, shopping, office. Which totals to 53 Years of their lives indoors and just 10 years outside.
Only 26 hours a week is spend outside and 142 hours indoors watching TV, playing games, using social media or in the office.
Indoor air we breathe may be hazardous to our health than the outdoor air in most polluted cities, especially during winter season when we keep our doors and windows shut to keep the heat and conserve energy indoors.
Our zeal to ensure we keep our indoors more energy efficient can lead to build up of indoor toxic pollutants such as carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons, nitrogen dioxide, formaldehyde, radon and other chemicals found in deodorants, hairsprays, furniture and floor polishes, fireplace, heater, gas stoves.
All these toxic pollutants links to headaches, drowsiness, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, chronic coughs, increase in heart rate, irritation to (eyes, nose, mouth and throat) and long term ailments such as asthma and allergies.
What can you do to purify the indoor air?
- Improve ventilation, avoid toxic chemicals and synthetic fragrances can all help a great deal to lower and evacuate most indoor air pollutants.
- Buy Indoor Plants that keeps the indoor air clean.
How do plants purify the indoor air?
Plants clean the indoor polluted air through the process of Photosynthesis.
Plants absorb carbon dioxide into Oxygen and also removes harmful toxins from air. NASA tested this theory back in 1989 when they examined how some plants remove toxins such as formaldehyde, trichloroethylene and benzene from indoor air.
Which plants are best for purifying indoor air?
The below plants purify at least one or all the toxins (Trichloroethylene, Benzene and Formaldehyde) tested by NASA
- Aloe vera
- Bamboo Palm
- Banana (Musa oriana)
- Chinese evergreen
- Elephant Ear Philodendron
- English Ivy
- Gerbera daisy
- Golden pothos
- Green spider plant
- Heart leaf philodendron
- Janet Craig
- Janet Craig
- Lacy tree philodendron
- Mass cane
- Mother-in-law’s tongue
- Peace lily
- Pot mum