Our home can sometimes be the most unhealthy place where we spend our time. There are many factors that contribute–the chemicals in the household cleaners we use, the dust in our carpets, and the overall quality of the air we breathe to name a few.
But never fear, there are some fairly simple steps you can take to help clean the air in your home, which may help relieve conditions such as inhallation allergies.
Houseplants to the rescue
While some plants cause seasonal allergies, some other plants will help filter the air of various allergens as well as harmful chemicals that invade the home.
- Aloe vera and spider plant naturally filter the air of formaldehyde and benzene which are prevalent in materials, paints and cleaners used today. Spider plant also filters carbon monoxide and xylene, a solvent used in the leather, rubber and printing industries.
- If you dry clean your clothing, gerber daisies are a good option as they have a knack for removing trichloroethylene in addition to benzene.
- Golden pothos, a fast-growing vine that doesn’t mind the dark, has been suggested for use in the garage as it will help filter formaldehyde from car exhaust before it creeps into your home.
Of course, these are only a few of the many air-cleaning plants to consider. When shopping for air cleaning plants for your home, be sure to note the lighting and standard temperature for where you will keep each plant, as these conditions can affect the growth and productivity of the plants. You’ll want to match plants with both their location and conditions as well as the pollutants they filter.
The power of a machine
If you’re looking for a more modern option and prefer the convenience of a mechanical air purifier, remember that not all air purifiers are created equal. Many air filtration systems only clean the air of larger air particles but miss the ultrafine particles that account for about 90 percent of all airborne particles. These ultrafine particles come from motor vehicles, refineries, industrial plants and even cooking. They are easily inhaled and have been linked to asthma, heart attacks, strokes and cancer.
We recommend the HealthPro Plus Air Purifier, a HyperHEPA filtration system that has been proven and certified to filter up to 99.5 percent of all particles in the air, including ultrafine particles that most other filtration systems miss. As an added bonus, this air filtration system cleans the air in a four step process that produces no residual risky side effects such as dangerous ions, ozone or UV. It costs a bit more than a spider plant, but if pure air is what you’re looking for, this top-of-the-line system is hard to beat!
Whichever way you prefer to clean your air, all of these options will help, promoting better breathing and body functioning, leading to a healthier home and a healthier you.