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A Breath Of Fresh Air: Improving Indoor Air Quality With Plants

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A Breath Of Fresh Air: Improving Indoor Air Quality With Plants

16-Apr-2015
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When we think of air pollution we often associate it with outside environments, but the air inside our homes, offices and other buildings can often be more polluted than outside. There are many things that pollute indoor air on a daily basis, from your average chemical air freshener to perfumes, mould, dust mites and more.

Various things can improve indoor air quality, from simply opening a window to allow any toxic chemicals that have built up to dissipate, to using a professional commercial cleaning company in London who use environmentally-friendly products. Some plants can also help to purify the air, a study carried out by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) revealed.  Read on to find out which plants!

Freshen Up Indoors With These Air Purifying Plants

First published in 1989, the study titled ‘The NASA Clean Air Study’ was led by NASA in association with Associated Landscape Contractor of America (ALCA). It was carried out to ascertain whether certain indoor plants could provide a natural way to remove toxic pollutants in the air, thus improving air quality. Below you’ll find some of these air-filtering plants.

  1. Peace lily (Spathiphy) – The peace lily topped NASA’s list for removing all three of the most common toxic agents found in the air – formaldehyde, benzene and trichloroethylene.
  2. Aloe (Aloe Vera) – A caring, sun-loving plant that can aid cuts and burns, it also helps to clear formaldehyde and benzene. It’s the perfect choice for sunny office windows!
  3. Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum) – The spider plant with its green lengthy leaves is a resilient one, making it ideal for busy offices. It helps to rid carbon monoxide (a poisonous gas that has no smell or taste), benzene, formaldehyde and more nasty air pollutants that can be harmful to people.
  4.  Chrysanthemum (chrysanthemum morifolium) – The beautiful, bright flowers of this plant will lighten the mood in any office, and it will also filter the air of benzene – often found in plastics, paint and glue.
  5. Philodendron – Not only is this lush and leafy plant nearly impossible to kill, it’s also one of the top varieties for freeing indoor air of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) found in the air and excess carbon monoxide.

Constant exposure to poor air quality is a frequent cause of drowsiness, headaches and loss of concentration, so adding air-cleansing plants like those listed above is a great way to boost productivity and improve health! Adding plants indoors won’t just brighten your day, it’s also a completely natural, efficient way to minimise toxic pollutants, which is good news for the outside environment too.

Professional Commercial Cleaning Company In London

If you want to clean up the air inside your office, there’s no better way than by hiring a reputable commercial cleaning company in London. Julius Rutherfoord, an acclaimed cleaning company of commercial and educational establishments across the London area has won numerous awards for their fantastic cleaning services and they promote greener living too!

Why not visit their website today at https://www.julius-r.co.uk/ to find out more, or speak to one of their friendly advisors by calling 020 7819 6700.

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