In past blogs, I have written about the dangers of poor indoor air quality. In fact the air inside our homes can be up to 10 times more polluted than the air outside. MTB Heating and Air offers some quality whoke home solutions for cleaning up the air inside your home. In addition you can help to clean up the air inside your home as well. Following, I will discuss some of the common household pollutants and what you can do tho remove them from your home. Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are found in many common items such as household cleaners, new paint, carpeting, furniture, dry cleaning, and aerosol sprays. VOCs can affect your health. The side affects can vary between an irritation to something very serious. Without proper air infiltration, VOCs and other air pollutants can build up in your home. An easy, affordable and decorative way to filter the air in your home is by having houseplants.If you are concerned about your indoor air quality, you should consider these plants:
· Aloe. Not only does this succulent create juices for medical use, it also can remove formaldehyde and benzene.
· Red-tipped draceana and Warneck draceana. These plants take out xylene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene from the air and are also easy to grow.
· English ivy. This plant is known to lower the amount of formaldehyde in the air.
· Azaleas. Though difficult to grow, these flowers are not only beautiful, they also remove formaldehyde from air.
· Gerber daisy. This daisy removes trichloroethylene that is used in dry cleaning.
· Chrysanthemum. This sun loving plant will dependably remove benzene.
· Ficus. This tree will take remove formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, and benzene.
· Chinese evergreen. The large leaves this plant has will catch many pollutants.
· Heart leaf philodendron. This plant is known to solve problems with formaldehyde.
· Bamboo palm. This plant removes benzene and trichloroethylene which are common in new furniture.
· Peace lily. This plant will remove formaldehyde, benzene, trichloroethylene, toluene and xylene.
· Spider plants. This plant takes care of benzene, formaldehyde and xylene, and is one of the few plants known to combat carbon monoxide.
· Mother-in-laws tongue. This plant absorbs formaldehyde, found in tissues and toilet paper, and likes low light environments, making it perfect for bathrooms.
· Golden pothos. The pothos is another plant that can grow in low light and takes away formaldehyde.
Placing these plants around your home is an easy way to help with your indoor air quality. If you are interested in learing more about the whole home air purification products that MTB Heating and Air offers, please give us a call today.
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