The “Green Way” To Improve Indoor Air Quality

If you have ever really looked around a doctor’s office or in the lobbies of commercial buildings you have probably noticed that there are a lot of plants. Not only do living plants make great décor but they contribute a lot to the indoor air quality. Hospitals and major businesses have already figured out this method but many homeowners don’t realize just how much living plants do improve their homes air quality. Below are some excellent tips to help you improve your homes indoor air quality naturally.

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Start With The Tropical

In order to start improving your indoor air quality with live plants you want to start with a tropical plant. You want a plant that was born, raised, and that evolved in heat and direct sunlight. Most tropical plants make great indoor plants as well so there is not really a concern about them not being able to survive as long as you keep the temperature in your home at a good range. When your plant has just the right amount of light and warmth it will emit a large amount of pure oxygen into your home. Two plants that are very popular for improving indoor air quality are the Gerbera Daisy, and the Potted Chrysanthemum. These two plants shouldn’t be difficult to find you should just check with your local gardening stores.

Other Plants To Consider

Tropical plants are not the only plants that will help improve your indoor air quality. Another popular plant is the common ficus, it is one of the most efficient processors and removers of indoor air pollutants. It removes chemicals such as trichloroethane, benzene, and formaldehyde, three of the main chemicals that are responsible for skin and eye irritation. These three chemicals have even been known to cause certain types of cancer if you are exposed to them long enough. Some more common plants that contribute to improving your indoor air quality are Peace lilies, spider plants, and English ivy. All of the plants will add life and be an excellent choice of décor in your home.

Maintenance Issues

Yes air quality requires some maintenance. Indoor air quality maintenance includes giving your plants the care they need. Just as any other living thing plants need attention. They have to be watered and exposed to some sunlight every now and then, if not they will die. You should be sure to take you plant outside for short periods of time every week to ensure it gets the right amount of sunlight so it can keep all of the toxins out of your home. Plants also have to have water on a regular basis. If you don’t take the time to take care of your plants you ware just throwing away money and perhaps a dehumidifier would be a better choice for you.

Don’t Have A “Green Thumb”?

If your not a plant person don’t worry you can always have a dehumidifier installed. While plants are the cheaper method a dehumidifier will work just as well. Dehumidifiers are designed to take the humidity that can cause mold and other harmful substances out of your home. Dehumidifiers range within many different price rages. If you think that a dehumidifier is a better option for you and your family you would need to contact your local heating and cooling company or home and gardening store to figure out what type you will need. With a dehumidifier you have to worry about it messing up and having to replace it where as if you choose to have indoor plants your only concern would be watering them and giving them the proper amount of sunlight.

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