With winter months fast approaching, it's important to ensure that the air quality at home is as good as possible. Research conducted by money.co.uk found that searches for air purification plants increased 37% according to Google Trends. To improve indoor air quality, many people are turning to air purifying plants. These plants can filter out a variety of toxins, such as formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, benzene, ammonia, and more.
In the late 1980s, NASA scientist Bill Wolverton investigated whether common indoor plants could remove a certain type of air pollutant, called “volatile organic compounds” or VOCs, from the air. A frequently cited 1989 NASA clean air study found that some indoor plants can reduce indoor air pollutants, including formaldehyde. Almost every plant found in the world can act as an air filter, making them great additions to your HEPA filter. However, if you combine air purifying plants with an air purifier, you can increase oxygen content and eliminate harmful contaminants, pollen, and pet dander.
Barberton's daisy is an effective cleaner of formaldehyde, trichloroethylene and benzene toxins, found in a variety of household materials from paints to synthetic fibers. Decorate your kitchen or living room with a chrysanthemum to help filter out a large amount of toxins such as ammonia and benzene which are often found in plastics, detergents and glue. Snake plant or mother-in-law's tongue is easy to grow and happy in all types of lighting situations. This air-cleaning plant is also known to purify the air and eliminate harmful toxins. With dramatic foliage and large leaves, Janet Craig is an easy-to-grow perennial vine that is particularly effective at reducing airborne fecal particles making it the perfect air purifying plant for your bathroom or suite.
If you place it in a high corner, keep it shaded and water it weekly you'll have a houseplant that filters the air for years. Unlike other types of air pollution such as soot or particulate matter, VOCs cannot be filtered out of the air with a fine-grade filter. To evaluate which items are best for your allergies there is a scale that has been used to evaluate numerous indoor plants. Combining air purifying plants with an air purifier can increase oxygen content and eliminate harmful contaminants, pollen and pet dander. With a reputation for improving air quality, the snake plant has become a favorite among homeowners who want better air purification but don't have much experience in plant maintenance.