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Can Plants Really Improve Indoor Air Quality?

Nobody wants to be breathing in dirty air, but most of us are.

Newer homes are much more energy efficient than older homes.  New homes have doors and windows that are more tightly sealed, and they have plenty of insulation.  This is all an intentional design to help you save energy and money on your heating and cooling bills.

Unfortunately, when these new homes are sealed up so tightly, it means that the air quality inside often suffers.  There just isn’t that much opportunity for fresh outside air to circulate with the indoor air.

Those with asthma, those with allergies, and those living with pets may really feel the impacts of this.  It makes sense that we want to find a way to fix this problem.

A NASA study conducted in 1989 found that certain indoor plants can rid the air of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs).  However, the American Lung Association points out,”The problem is that our indoor environments are not like space stations. What works in a chamber study does not necessarily translate into real life settings.”

In fact, in order to achieve the same effects in your home as NASA did in space, it is stated that you would need over 600 plants in your house.

Though plants might not be the magical air cleaners you thought they were-don’t be too discouraged.  Indoor plants still do release some fresh oxygen, they brighten up the house, and as Greatist points out, “plants just make people feel better.”

Curious about what plants are the most helpful for your indoor air?  Click here to learn about which ones might be the most beneficial for your home and its air.  Since plants can’t do it all, here are some other ways to clean up the air in your home.

Other Ways to Clean Up your Indoor Air Quality

-Vacuuming frequently

-Cleaning/changing your furnace filter on a regular basis

-Installing an air purifier as part of your HVAC system

-Changing bedding regularly

-Opening the windows, when possible

-Avoid using harmful chemicals inside of your home

Interested in learning more?  Contact us at FLAME Heating, Cooling, Plumbing, and Electrical!

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