Indoor plants do much more than decorate our homes or offices. Indoor plants, along with their associated, micro flora, reduce levels of noxious gases from indoor air including formaldehyde, benzene, ozone, carbon monoxide, trichloroethylene, and xylene.
NASA was interested in researching ways to clean air in space stations. So, they realized that not only are plants great at absorbing carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen, as all plants do, but plants also eliminate significant amounts of benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene.
Studies by Dr. Bill Wolverton at NASA’s Space Center proved that plants are highly effective, non-energy using air purifiers. According to studies, plants were found to stabilize relative humidity in the office and home, reduce the incidences of flu, improve human comfort and actually improve worker productivity in work places. Newest results from the research proved that the accumulation of dust in interiors can be reduced by as much as 20% by adding foliage plants.
Two or three plants in 8-inch to 10- inch pots for every 100 sq. ft. will help clean that zone’s breathing air. If you double it, that zone will become healthier in about a week. Many businesses in the U.S. and internationally are beginning to utilize plants for their air cleaning abilities.
Here’s a LIST of the TOP 10 plants that are the most effective air filters Mother Nature has to offer:
1. English Ivy
2. Golden Phothos
3. Boston Fern
5. Areca Palm
6. Dragon Tree
7. Peace Lily
8. Parlor Palm
9. Spider Plant
10. Snake Plant