How to Improve Air Quality in Your Home

August 22, 2014 3:19 pm

loft conversion air quality

 

Air quality is often overlooked when indoors, but it can make a huge difference to home comfort and the health of your family. We often just accept our air quality without thinking how to improve it – especially if we live in cities and get used to the pollution. But you don’t need to suffer poor air quality in your home or your loft conversion – there are plenty of easy ways to improve it without excessive costs or disruption.

Plants That Improve Air Quality

There are plenty of plants that improve indoor air quality. These plants filter out common volatile organic compounds (VOCs) such as aliphatic hydrocarbons, ethyl acetate, acetone, benzene, and methylene chloride, which can be up to 2-5 times more concentrated indoors than out.

Plants that have been proven to help to improve indoor air quality include:

  • Aloe vera (it can also be used to help heal cuts and burns)
  • Spider plant
  • Gerber daisy
  • Snake plant
  • Golden pothos
  • Chrysanthemums
  • Red-edged dracaena
  • Weeping fig
  • Azalea
  • English ivy
  • Warneck dracaena
  • Chinese evergreen
  • Bamboo palm
  • Heart leaf phildendron
  • Peace lily

The High Tech Solution

living air filter

If you prefer gadgets, or have pets who can be harmed by the plants listed above (aloe vera is toxic to cats and dogs, for example) you may prefer a mini greenhouse. The Bel-Air living air filter takes in polluted air and filters out contaminants in a contained green house. It uses technology that was developed by NASA for the space flights to create free-standing versions of the space gardens found in their capsules.

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