(NaturalHealth365) It is no secret that indoor air tends to be less healthy, clean, and pure than outdoor air. In particular, indoor air in cold climates tends to be laden with harmful particles due to the lack of circulation and particle stagnation, leading to staleness.
But, don’t worry, as there are some inexpensive ways to boost indoor air quality without running up a massive air conditioning or heating bill after leaving the windows and doors open for an extended period. In particular, adding plants to indoor spaces helps eliminate toxins from the air. Removing toxins from your home or office is important as these particles can potentially cause cancer.
The role of plants in removing harmful toxins from indoor air
The University of Technology Sydney (UTS) recently released the results from a ground-breaking study that indicates plants eliminate toxic gas fumes and cancer-causing compounds, including benzene, with surprising efficiency. Academicians at the UTS bioremediation research wing conducted the study in partnership with Ambius, a plantscaping solutions company.
The researchers referenced above determined that a small green wall consisting of a combination of indoor plants proved efficient in removing pollutants that cause cancer. According to the WHO, low-quality air in the home and other indoor air spaces results in nearly 7 million early deaths across the world. This Ambius greenery referenced above plucked 97% of the most harmful compounds from the nearby air in a mere eight hours.
Why the study is so important
It was widely known that plants purified air prior to the study detailed above. However, the latest study makes it crystal clear that indoor plants clean harmful gas vapors. Vapors from gases are one of the top causes of toxic compounds in indoor spaces throughout the world. Gas fumes enter indoor spaces from roads, garages, and connecting spaces.
Though some people may not mind the smell of gas, the truth is breathing in the fumes has the potential to cause nausea, headaches, lung irritation, and even contribute to or directly cause cancer. Gas fume inhalation also increases the risk of asthma in addition to other chronic diseases after lengthy exposure. The study also revealed that plants became that much more effective at eliminating harmful toxins when those toxins were present at high concentrations.
Easy ways to improve your indoor air quality
Our tech-centric society with an overemphasis on screens in the aftermath of the global pandemic has led to the vast majority of people spending more than 90% of their time in the house, work, school, or other indoor spaces. Though you also likely spend most of your time indoors, you have the ability to detox your indoor air without reliance on corporate solutions, many of which are expensive.
As noted above, adding several plants to your home office, bedroom, living room, and other parts of the home will help to detoxify your indoor air space. Some of the best plants to buy include: Areca Palm, Lady Palm, Bamboo Palm, Rubber Plant and the Dwarf Date Palm.
In addition, install ceiling fans, open the windows for fresh air, and crack open the doors now and then for even more circulation. Plus, if you can afford this, a high quality indoor air purifier will greatly help to remove unwanted toxins from the indoor air.
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