Sunday, March 4, 2007

Organic Indoor Air Purifiers

In my last article on eco-friendly living, I mentioned air purifiers as a great way to reduce your indoor air pollution (which is 3 times more polluted than outdoor air, according to the EPA).  One of the best ways to help clean your air are houseplants – your own organic and living air filter that cost thousands less than machine purifiers and needs very little care (no expensive filters to replace).  Here’s some facts on how indoor plants can reduce your air pollution:
*plants absorb toxic emissions from carpet, paint and furniture
*plants reduce cough, sore throat, fatigue and cold-related symptoms by 30%
*15-18 houseplants in an 1800sq ft house will greatly affect your air quality
*plants good for all air pollutants are bamboo, areca palm, peace lily, boston fern and the gerbera daisy
*If you’ve just painted, chrysanthemums are best at absorbing new paint toxins
*got new carpet or insulation?  Grab some azaleas and put them in your house to reduce the irritants and chemicals released.
Now, this sounds easy enough, doesn’t it?  But remember that houseplants will not remove dust, dander and pollen from your air.  And 15-18 houseplants in an 1800 sq ft house might make you feel like you’re in the jungle!  I personally think that a nice combination of houseplants to clean the toxins in your air, as well as an air purifier to remove the particulates is the best solution.