Indoor air pollution is one of the more serious problems currently being faced by people in both offices and homes. There are several major causes for this indoor pollution and most of them aren’t usually something that you’d expect to have an effect on the air.
This article will outline the three main causes, their effects, and how they can be prevented by introducing plants into your environment.
Chemicals are to blame for most of the problems encountered with indoor air pollution. Items that may usually seem harmless can actually produce irritants, the causes of breathing problems, headaches nausea and more.
Formaldehyde, a powerful preserving agent used in the funeral industry that causes bodies to delay decomposition, has a surprising presence in our homes and offices. It can be found in carpet, particle board, fire retardant materials and even tobacco smoke. When present in the air it causes headaches and irritation of the eyes and nasal membranes and can result in allergic reactions in some cases. When you spend a great deal of time in one indoor location and notice yourself suffering from the above, formaldehyde pollution is likely one of the possible causes. Plant types suited to cleansing indoor environments from formaldehyde include aloe, philodendrons, and spider plants.
Benzene, used in the manufacture of toxic chemicals and solvents, is the second major source of indoor air pollution. Benzene can be found in ink, paint, oil, plastic and rubber, all of which are present in both workplace and residential indoor environments. Benzene acts as a skin irritant when touched, and causes several maladies including headaches, drowsiness and a general loss of appetite. Chrysanthemums and English ivy are known to help cleanse the air from benzene-related pollution and are ideal for an indoor environment.
Trichloroethylene is the final major source of indoor air pollution. It can be found in printer ink, paint, varnishes and even dry-clean fluid. It causes many of the same mild symptoms as above, but is also known as a carcinogen (something that causes cancer). Peace lilies and gerbera daisies are good ways to cleanse the air of this type of pollution.
You only need one or two large plants to clean a 10’ by 10’ room of most harmful air pollution. Short of eradicating the causes of this pollution, plants are the best way to maintain clean air.
Consult with a florist today about the best choices for your home or office to help keep your indoor areas clear of pollutants. They’ll be happy to help!
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