There has been a lot of talk lately about plants purifying the air. Unfortunately, much of this information is myths that have nothing to do with reality. Before you decide to buy specific plants, check carefully to see if they will actually help clean the air in your home.
The air, especially in large metropolitan areas, is heavily polluted. All because of smoke rising from furnaces, but also car exhaust. Unfortunately, people living in big cities are exposed to this kind of pollution. Chemical substances are not only found outside
Even at home, there are health risks, such as formaldehyde in furniture glue. Cigarette smoking and the use of office machines release volatile substances such as acetone, toluene and benzene. Plants, especially those with large leaves, greatly improve indoor air quality. During photosynthesis, they take in both oxygen and carbon dioxide. This process takes place in the stomata, which are contained in the leaves. Thanks to them, you can experience significantly better air quality.
The American Space Agency NASA has done a study on the effect of plants on air quality. The experiment took place in 1989. According to it, NASA distinguished 18 species of plants that particularly affect air quality.
These plants absorbed the most pollutants from the air, but it should also be remembered that the tests performed by NASA took place in laboratory conditions. You have to take a correction for it, because in the natural environment there can be much more harmful substances, and plants will not be able to filter them 100%.
It is also important to remember that most of the flowers listed have detoxifying effects, but are also poisonous to humans and animals. If you have a four-legged dog or small child, these will not be suitable for your home.
There are many companies that offer to make a so-called green wall, on which you can place different species of plants. It is suitable, for example, for a terrace or balcony.
Especially recommended are such flowers as:
Plants, although they are very strong contributors to air purification, unfortunately will not provide us with 100% purity. They can be completely ineffective against the dangerous parts of smog, namely particulate matter. A green wall will not be an effective protection if it only covers the entrance door to the terrace, but plants will no longer be placed in the windows. They will certainly partially trap dangerous compounds, but not all of them. If you want to fully clean the air, invest in an air purifier with a carbon filter and a HEPA filter.
To fully purify the air in your home, you will need more than just a few plants. It is a good idea to equip your home with as many plants as possible. You will need one plant per 10 square meters to make a real difference in air quality. Many people therefore opt for so-called vertical gardens, which don’t take up much space but will give the expected effect
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