As cabin fever peaks this frigid January and fresh spring air seems too distant to hope for, it is hard not to think about all the time we spend indoors. Whether at home, the workplace or elsewhere, most of us spend nearly 90% of our lives indoors. This surprising statistic naturally begs the question – just how safe is the indoor air we breathe? Indoor air can contain five times more pollutants than outdoor air; but we at Stein's Garden & Home want you to know that your indoor plants can give you a reason to breathe a little easier.
Your oil or gas furnace, household cleaning products and tobacco smoke are among the many sources of indoor air pollutants. Fortunately, there are a number of ways to improve indoor air quality including source elimination, air filters and ventilation improvements. But as the title of this article suggests, is there a more natural way to improve indoor air quality? The answer is yes. Scientific research suggests that houseplants can play an important role in improving indoor air quality. Indoor plants remove carbon dioxide and airborne toxins from the air while supplying oxygen and moisture to dry rooms. Houseplants improve indoor air quality by naturally filtering and absorbing up to 87% of airborne toxins such as ammonia, formaldehyde, benzene and tobacco smoke, all of which are commonly found indoors. Case in point, NASA uses indoor plants in the space station, the ultimate indoor environment, to help improve indoor air quality.
All houseplants offer a natural solution to improving indoor air quality and picking the right variety takes it a step further. Plants known for their superior toxin filtering abilities include peace lilies (spathiphyllum), dracaena, orchids, golden pothos, spider plants, philodendrons, palms, anthuriums, ferns, schefflera and dieffenbachia.
So whether it is for your home or office, you can breathe a little easier knowing your beloved houseplants are doing more than adding beauty to your indoor environment. Visit your local Stein's Garden & Home today to view our complete selection of indoor plants. Our gardening experts are available to help you find the houseplant that is right for you.
Source: Lawn & Garden Retailer, Houseplants: More Than a Pretty Face, January 2010