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Improving Home Air Quality with Houseplants

Who doesn’t love the feeling of breathing in fresh, cool, clean, purified air? It’s invigorating. It’s intoxicating. It’s refreshing. It’s just the best. Your HVAC unit does a great job cleaning the air in your home and keeping it fresh, but it costs a lot of money to run, especially during the summer.

A great way to improve home air quality at low cost is by using houseplants. Not only will be you be breathing easy, you will also be adding a little style and sophistication to your home decor. Additionally, spending time around nature has been proven to reduce stress levels. What better way to accomplish that, then by bringing nature into your home. But, you don’t have to take our word for it.

Listening to NASA

The National Aeronautics and Space Association conducted a Clean Air Study in 1989. The goal of the study was to find ways to purify the air inside a space shuttle. The results of the study were surprising to some, as it turned out many common houseplants worked as incredibly effective air purification systems. The right houseplants could even remove toxic agents such as benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene from the air. They even fought some of the primary symptoms of sick building syndrome. These innocuous little houseplants were almost better at air purification than any machine NASA had ever seen. Best of all, the plants studied by NASA all grew in reduced sunlight and thrived in mild temperatures.

Best of the Best

If you are ready to improve your home air quality with the addition of some houseplants, there are two standouts you should put at the top of your shopping list. English Ivy and Bamboo Palm were both particularly effective air purifiers. What is better, they are both very, very easy to grown. All they need is moderate sunlight and watering once a day. So, are you ready to grown your own air purification system?

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