Recent studies show that ozone levels in the San Antonio metro area are rising, which translates into respiratory problems for children, the elderly and other sensitive populations. Although outdoor air pollution is difficult to address, as a homeowner, you can control your home’s indoor air quality. One easy and cost-effective way that you can protect your household is using house plants to mitigate indoor air pollution.
Cultivating Better Indoor Air
Air pollution is mainly comprised of ozone, a colorless gas that forms when oxygen reacts with other elements. Ozone can find its way into your home from the outside or when produced by certain home appliances. Indoor air pollution from ozone and other sources has fast become one of the world’s greatest public health risks, especially since we spend as much as 80 percent of our lives indoors. However, house plants’ natural air-cleaning abilities can be used to filter common volatile organic compounds (VOCs) including ozone and so provide the medical and economic benefits of better indoor air quality.
Choosing Your House plants
Here are some popular, inexpensive and easy-to-maintain house plants that scientific studies have shown to effectively combat indoor air pollution from ozone.
- A spider plant’s (Chlorophytum comosum) profuse foliage is extremely resilient and best at addressing benzene, formaldehyde and carbon monoxide, as well as xylene, a solvent used in leather, rubber, and printing production.
- Golden pothos (Epipremnum aureum) may grow to giant proportions in the wild, but they are tough, reliable and easy-to-maintain as hanging house plants. Their cascade of green vines will complement your home and remove pollutants like formaldehyde.
- The snake plant (Sansevieria trifasciata) and Mother-in-Law’s Tongue are closely related, tough plants with stiff, vertical leaves. They can battle formaldehyde in your home, so try adding one to your bathroom, where products like toilet paper, tissues, and personal care products may leach this VOC.
Beyond house plants, consider having a professional indoor air quality test done to diagnose pollutants present in your home. To schedule one today, or for more expert advice on maintaining indoor air quality in your South Texas home, contact Beyer Boys Air Conditioning, Heating, & Plumbing today.
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