We are always conscious about the pollution and discuss about the measures that could control. But have you ever given a thought to the indoor pollutants that are directly affecting our health. Not really. Wait a minute ? I said Indoor pollutants but how does this get into the house first ?
The way life style has changed from big airy windows to Complete Air Conditioned House, vacuum cleaners replacing the traditional Jadhu and many other things bring these indoor pollutants like formaldehyde, Volatile Organic Compounds (benzene and trichloroethylene or TCE), airborne biological pollutants, carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxides, pesticides and disinfectants (phenols), and radon.
As per these researches these pollutants contribute to ’sick building syndrome’, leading to symptoms like allergies, headaches and fatigue through to nervous-system disorders, cancer and death.
You might be worried as the thought have never come in mind. To give some ease NASA scientists have identified 50 houseplants that help to remove the above mentioned pollutants from atmosphere. Plant system is Nature’s filter. They are the greenest way of improving indoor air quality. Following is the list of top 10 plants –
- Areca Palm
- Lady Palm
- Bamboo Palm
- Rubber Plant
- Dracaena “Janet Craig”
- Dwarf Date Palm
- Ficus Alii
- Boston Fern
- Peace Lily
You can read more details about these plants which is well explained at EarthEasy. As per the NASA scientist B.C. Wolverton, Ph.D., under controlled conditions, plants are able to remove 99.9 percent of toxins from polluted indoor air. The above mentioned plants can be used both at homes and in offices.
We spent the maximum hour at our office and think that the work pressure is exhausting us. But we have never realised that it can be the indoor pollutant disturbing your health. The mentioned plants can easily suck the harmful chemicals around you invisible in the air.