We tend to think of air pollution as something outside – smog, ozone, or haze hanging in the air, especially in summertime. But the truth is, the air inside homes, offices, and other buildings can be more polluted than the air outside, including pollution by lead (in house dust), formaldehyde, fire-retardants, radon, and from chemicals contained in fragrances.
Indoor allergens and irritants have become more important in recent decades because we’re spending more time indoors, and because modern homes are airtight, these irritants can’t easily escape.
Science has known for ages that plants literally help you breathe better by absorbing carbon dioxide and releasing clean oxygen. But, according to the study by NASA, certain plants are better at eliminating significant amounts of benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene than others.
According to the study, the top workhorse plants for air purification are:
- Golden Pothos
- Peace Lily
- Boston Fern
- Snake Plant
- English Ivy
- Bamboo Palm
- Dragon Tree
- Lady Palm
- Spider Plant
It’s suggested that you have at least one plant per 100 square feet of home for efficient air cleaning to be accomplished.
While these natural remedies can help you breathe a little easier all year long, a well-maintenanced and properly running heating and cooling system is the first step towards improving your indoor air quality. Choosing the proper air filter with one of BNG’s certified air technicians will trap airborne irritants, and keep your air ducts cleaner over time. To find out how your system could better serve you, contact us today!