Did you know that indoor air pollutants rank as one of the top five environmental risks to public health? The reality is that we live and work in places that are full of air contaminants, and these accumulating pollutants can make us sick. Whether you live in a million dollar home or a tiny apartment, this information should matter to you.
Research indicates that individuals spend over 90 percent of their time inside, and these spaces often have poor air quality. Paint, furniture, cleaning products and synthetic building materials can all emit toxic compounds. The impact of these contaminants is made even worse in spaces that are poorly ventilated, like many apartments.
Fortunately, there is an easy way to improve the air quality around you. All you have to do is add some plants to your space. There have been studies conducted by NASA and other organizations to determine which houseplants are the most effective at purifying the air, so let’s take a look at a few of them now.
The spider plant is one of the easiest houseplants to grow, so it may be a good place for you to start if you don’t necessarily have a green thumb. This plant likes bright, indirect sunlight, so make sure you have a spot for it in your apartment. Spider plants will help remove both formaldehyde and xylene from the air.
The peace lily plant has an added benefit in that it flowers for most of the summer. This plant is also easy to grow, and it will do best in a shady area. Peace lily plants combat the pollutants ammonia, benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene.
The aloe vera plant can help eliminate formaldehyde from the air in your apartment, and you can also use the liquid inside of it for a variety of conditions. Aloe has been found to have both wound-healing and anti-inflammatory properties, making it a handy treatment to have around. The only thing you need to keep in mind with this plant is that it needs to drain properly, as it will not do as well when left in standing water.
Go buy a few plants, and get started on purifying the air in your apartment today.