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Sunday, 10 April 2016

Top Air Filtering Plants for your Home


I have an obsession with plants, outdoors, indoors, hanging from window boxes, fighting for space on my window ledge and even hanging from drainpipes. I seem to be able to squeeze them into just about any space available.

I did some research into house plants recently as someone had once mentioned in passing how choosing the right plants for your home and office is vital for air filtration. A 'google' and a click later, I found a whole study on air filtrating plants by NASA published in 1989.



As I'm already thinking about mixing up my Spring/Summer home interiors, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to consider adding some plants that don't only look the part, but also have added benefits.

With the daily lives we now lead and our homes becoming more insulated, indoor air pollutants are are easier to trap, making chemicals such as benzene, formaldehyde and ammonia common place in the air that surrounds us. These common chemicals can be found in the cleaners we use in our home, the exhaust fumes from outside and are even found in synthetic fabrics, to name just a few.

These airborne particles floating in your home or office adds to the air you breathe without you even knowing. It is these chemicals that are commonly linked to health problems such as asthma, headaches and other irritations. But the good news is according to NASA's report there are household plants that can soak up these harmful chemicals releasing fresh oxygen

For those of you who don't have the time or inclination to read through a whole report, have no fear, as the lovely folk over at Love The Garden have developed an amazing infographic, showing you at a glance which plants make the best natural air filters.



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