Keep Your Home’s Indoor Air Quality High With Houseplants
Posted on September 16, 2014
The quality of indoor air has become a problem in many homes and public places. The issue of indoor air quality is often not taken seriously until it is found to be the cause of minor and sometimes serious health concerns. Health issues that can occur due to poor indoor air quality include:
- migraines or headaches
- mental and physical fatigue
- loss of concentration
- eye, nose, throat and lung irritation
How Is Your IAQ?
There are many steps that can be taken to improve your indoor air quality (IAQ). These possibilities range from replacing your air filters, to opening your windows every morning, to having an air purification system installed. Today we are going to explore how something as simple as bringing plants into your home can drastically improve your IAQ.
Carbon Dioxide Purification
It almost doesn’t matter which plant you get for your home if your goal is to simply increase general IAQ. Humans and animals exhale carbon dioxide and plants use carbon dioxide through the process of photosynthesis by which they create energy for sustenance. During this process plants release oxygen. In this way plants can naturally purify your air and increase your IAQ. (Although it is true that when the sun goes down plants use oxygen, they produce ten times the amount of oxygen during the day than what they need at night!)
Aloe Plant Purification
The Aloe plant is a great plant to add to your sunny kitchen. Aloe plants are great purifiers of IAQ. They are really great at ridding the air of benzene. Benzene is a byproduct of chemical-based cleaners, like bleach and ammonia. If you use chemical cleaning products they contaminate your IAQ and aloe is the answer. In addition, the aloe plant is an excellent plant to have around for medicinal purposes, such as for minor burns.
The plant kingdom is packed with foliage that can filter your fowl air. Contact Comfort Systems to discuss a technological cure to your IAQ, such as the installation of an air purification system.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Wichita, Kansas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about indoor air quality and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.