Wednesday, October 3, 2012

House Plants That Can Freshen Your Home Environment


I live in an area where there is not only gas exploration, but lots of dry dust caused by it. I do everything possible to keep my home environment clean. In a book called Your Naturally Healthy Home by Alan Berman, he describes how certain household plants can actually help in ridding your space of air pollutants and toxins.

It is suggested that one plant should be allowed approximately 10 square yards of floor space, assuming that your ceiling height is 8 or 9 feet. This means that you need 2 or 3 plants to contribute to good air quality in the average domestic living room of about 20 to 25 square yards.

Berman lists the following 10 plants are the most effective all around in counteracting off gassed chemicals and contributing to balanced internal humidity.
  1. Areca Palm
  2. Reed Palm
  3. Dwarf Date Palm
  4. Boston Fern
  5. Janet Craig Dracaena
  6. English Ivy
  7. Australian Sword Fern
  8. Peace Lily
  9. Rubber Plant
  10. Weeping Fig
Although many plants like light, they don’t have to be placed directly in front of windows. Many indoor plants originated in the dense shade of tropical forests and have a high rate of photosynthesis. These plants are ideal for dark corners of the room. When positioning plants, Berman says to strike a balance between light and ventilation because the effect of plants on indoor air pollution appears to be reduced if they’re set in a draft.

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