Breathe Easier With Indoor Plants

Breathe Easier With Indoor Plants

There are indoor plants that can alleviate allergy symptoms by purifying the air in your home. Here is a list of toxins that houseplants remove from the air during their amazing purifying process.

Suffering from allergies and asthma is no joke! If you are one of the unfortunate people who do suffer, then you know that pollen and air pollution can aggravate your symptoms. Oh, the sneezing, the wheezing, the itchy eyes and skin!! It’s aggravating and no one wants any of these miserable side effects. Now days, most Americans spend most of their time indoors and while there is a plethora of toxins outdoors, there is a truck load of toxins lurking inside your home.
New energy efficient homes are amazing, but they are also more air tight and therefore hold in more indoor air pollution, which isn’t great for the allergy/asthma sufferer. There are medicines that can help but there are also more natural ways to aid in alleviating your symptoms.

How you ask? Well, how about plants. Yes, you read that correctly. Plants!

There are indoor plants that can alleviate allergy symptoms by purifying the air in your home. Here is a list of toxins that houseplants remove from the air during their amazing purifying process.

Toluene – this is a colorless water soluble liquid that smells similar to paint thinner. It is used as paint, lacquer thinner, in dyeing agents and also fuel. It can also be found in nail polish remover, glues and correction fluids. Xylene – this is a colorless liquid and vapor with many uses but is commonly used as a lubricant. It is found in paint, paint thinners, polishes, waxes, gasoline, motor oils, glues and even cigarettes. Other uses include disinfectants, pesticides, and in printer, rubber and leather processing.

Carbon Monoxide – this is a well known odorless, colorless gas that can be deadly. It is formed when fuels are not burned fully.

Formaldehyde – this is a naturally occurring colorless, strong smelling gas that is commonly used in making building materials and household
products. It can be found in particleboard, fiberboard, plywood and adhesives. It is also used to treat paper bags, paper towels, napkins,
and tissues. It is also used as a preservative in funeral homes and medical labs.
Benzene – this is a commonly used chemical that is formed from natural processes such as forest fires and volcanoes. It is a colorless liquid with a sweet odor. Benzene is mainly used in making other chemicals such as plastics, lubricants, rubbers, dyes, detergents, drugs, and pesticides. It also naturally occurs in crude oil, gasoline and cigarette smoke.

Trichloroethylene – this is a colorless, volatile liquid that is used mainly in commercial applications. It is used as a solvent to remove grease and it can also be found at the dry cleaners for spot removal and in some aerosol cleaning products.

Adding hypoallergenic house plants to your domain has many benefits if you suffer from allergies or even if you don’t. Houseplants for allergy sufferers also contain lower pollen counts, and are less likely to trigger an allergic reaction. And when you have pure air, you help alleviate these maddening allergy and asthma symptoms. Here are nine indoor houseplants that will improve indoor air quality and your allergies!

1. Golden Pothos – this plant is rated in the top three by NASA for removing formaldehyde. Be careful with this plant though. While it helps to purify the air, it is toxic to humans and animals. So keep this plant out of reach of little humans and fur babies!

2. Philodendron – this plant is also great at controlling levels of formaldehyde. This plant is also mildly toxic to humans and animals.

3. Gerber Daisy – great for filtering out benzene among other toxins. Also removes trichloroethylene. They are not poisonous to humans or animals.

4. Dracaena – this plant removes multiple toxins such as benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene and carbon dioxide. It also takes allergens out of the air and holds it in its leaves. It can be mildly toxic to pets if ingested, especially in small pets. It is not known to be toxic to humans or pets but could cause a   reaction in those with heightened sensitivities if ingested.

5. Peace Lily – this plant cleans formaldehyde, trichloroethylene and benzene from the air as well as absorbs mold spores. These plants are toxic to humans and pets so keep out of reach!

6. Snake plant or Mother-In-Law Tongue – the snake plant removes toxins such as nitrogen oxide, benzene, xylene, trichlorethylene, and formaldehyde. This is also toxic to humans and pets!

7. Areca Palm – this is known to remove formaldehyde, xylene and toluene. It is a natural humidifier which improves nasal congestion and irritation. This palm has no known toxic properties making it safe to have in homes with children and pets! Yay!

8. Lady Palm – this palm is very similar to the Areca Palm in that it removes formaldehyde, xylene and toluene from the air in your home. It also removes ammonia, making this a great houseplant for homes with cats. There are no known toxic properties with this plant.

9. Bamboo Palm – this palm converts carbon monoxide into oxygen. It also removes formaldehyde, benzene and toluene. There are no known toxins associated with this palm making it great for homes with children and pets!

Even though these amazing plants help with indoor air quality and allergies, there are a couple of things that you can do to help your houseplants improve your indoor air quality. One is to dust your houseplants with mild soap and water. This allows the plants to remove toxins more efficiently. The other thing to do is vacuum regularly to keep mold, dander, and pollen to a minimum. So, if you suffer from allergies and/or asthma, get you some of these indoor plants to make your home a more comfortable environment. And remember, there are plants that are wonderful for improving indoor air quality but are not so wonderful for homes with allergy and asthma sufferers since they have higher pollen counts. Plants you should avoid are: ferns, weeping ivy, yucca, ivy, juniper and African violets. So, now that you are in the know, what are you waiting for? It’s time for a visit to the plant farm! Happy breathing!

You know, sometimes you need more than just plants to improve the air quality. So, to help improve indoor air quality, Advanced Air is proud to carry the revolutionary Trane CleanEffects™ air filtration system. Check it out to see how it can drastically improve the air quality in your home or business.

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