Recently, in a study conducted in Scotland, researchers found that the quality of air in one’s home is reduced severely due to residents preferring to dry clothes indoors.
Asthma, they say, is what will result from taking such as approach while the objective of doing such a thing, to save money on fuel costs, is not met either.
Worse still, is the fact that the cancer-causing chemicals in the fabric softeners tends to remain in the air, and which can lead to complications related to cancer for these residents.
What’s worse is the fact that housing in the United Kingdom focuses on being airtight leaving the residents who take this approach susceptible to the aforementioned condition.
Apart from this research, what was also found was that changes have to be made on building design and their regulations but people will have to recognize this hazard and dry their clothes outdoors henceforth.
Speaking of pure air to breathe, it’s not so bad buying a few indoor plants for your home either, regardless of whether you dry your clothes indoors or not.
Why Air Purifying Plants are a Good Idea
So, are indoor air purifying plants a good idea?
Well, for the simple reason that you end up with cleaner air to breathe that is now polluted, thanks to the evils of big city living. Usually, the outdoor air is much cleaner compared to that at home due to the presence of trees and shrubs that clean up the air.
Interestingly, due to the presence of these indoor plants, and the process of photosynthesis as well as the way they respire, they also release moisture working as a natural humidifier for your home.
(Mind you, CO2 conversion is the key to all the benefits of having indoor plants.)
Not only does this ensure that you can breathe easier but you can avoid the toxins present in air as these plants absorb 87 percent of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) – of which benzene remains a real threat.
The health benefits associated with indoor air purifying plants are numerous and that include preventing respiratory diseases, sore throats, dry skin, dry coughs and colds.
Interestingly, when indoor plants were placed in hospitals, patients requested less pain medication, experienced less fatigue and anxiety, had lower blood pressure and heart rates while being released from the hospital sooner rather than later.
As for offices, sickness rates fell by 60 percent when indoor air purifying plants were placed strategically along with a drop in instances of flu-like symptoms, headaches, coughs, colds, fatigue and sore throats among employees.
Still think that indoor plants are just about aesthetics? With that said though, here an article that should given you ideas about decorating your home with houseplants.
Air Purifying Plants – Ten of the Best
Now, there are several air purifying plants that are readily available and inexpensive. So, without further ado, here are ten of the best air purifying indoor plants that you can buy for your home:
1. Peace Lily – Spathiphyllum
2. Marginata – Dracaena Marginata
3. Mass cane/Corn Plant – Dracaena Massangeana
4. Mother-in-Law’s Tongue Sansevieria Laurentii
5. Pot Mum – Chrysantheium morifolium
6. Warneckii – Dracaena “Warneckii”
7. Janet Craig – Dracaena “Janet Craig”
8. Chinese Evergreen – Aglaonema Modestum
9. Bamboo Palm – Chamaedorea Seifritzii
10. English Ivy - Hedera Helix
Have you enjoyed any other benefits as a result of placing of indoor air purifying plants? If so, feel free to share.
Also, you can read more about a study conducted by NASA and which compiled a list of the best air purifying plants.