If you’ve been thinking about “going green” you are not alone. People all over the world are working toward doing their part to help the environment. The good news is that there are many benefits that come with being green and eco-friendly. One is cleaner air, which is very important.
We’re going to take a look at just how important clean air is in your home as well as give you two different ways you can filter the air – technology and nature. By the time you’re done reading, you should have a very good idea of ways you can clean up the air you breathe.
Is Clean Air in Your Home Important?
You can go a while without food or water if needed, but one thing your life depends on at all times is oxygen in the air. The problem in the modern world is that a lot of pollutants exist in the air we breathe. If you have a newer, air tight home this may be a bigger problem than you think.
Even older homes have problems with air quality. The problem is that when you breathe in these irritants you’re not getting enough oxygen as you could or should with clean, fresh air. As you might imagine, this can cause quite a few problems.
Using Technology to Clean Your Air
If you don’t want the hassle and maintenance of living plants, many different filtration systems exist that will help you keep the air fresher in your home. Here are some of the options you’re going to have.
- Air Filters – These are typically smaller units that use some type of filter to clean the air around it. HEPA filters are recommended to remove more pollutants from the air as it is cycled through the machine.
- Air Purifiers – These are usually larger machines that may use more than a single filter or mechanism to purify the air. Because of their size, they are generally able to filter and freshen more air. Again, HEPA filters are recommended.
Whether you go small or large is going to depend on the size of the room or house you’re trying to purify. Cost is another factor, but many companies offer sales and discounts where you can pick up high-quality equipment at really reasonable prices. Having a professional install your air purifier is a good idea in some cases.
Air Filtration with Natural Plants
If you have pets or toddlers in your home, you should check each of these plants for the toxicity to animals or children before you add them to the mix. With that aside, here are some great ideas for plants that will help filter the air in your home.
- Areca Palm produces quite a bit of oxygen during the day. Each person in your household should have four plants about shoulder height.
- Mother-in-Law’s Tongue, on the other hand, produces oxygen during the night, which makes it a great choice for the bedroom. You should have around seven waist high plants for each person breathing the air in your home.
- Money Plant removes formaldehyde and other volatile organic chemicals (VOCs) from the air you breathe in your home – or at the office.
The three plants listed above are not the only ones that will help filter your air, but they are the most common ones people tend to use. Remember that the size of the plant is important if you want to make sure you’re actually filtering and clearing the air of pollutants.
A few other plants you might consider are the purple waffle plant (Hemigraphis alternataa), english ivy (Hedera Helix), the asparagus fern (Asparagus densiflorus) and the purple heart plant (Tradescantia pallida).
Grow Fresh Air in Your Home?
Whether you go with technology or nature, in the modern world you want to seriously consider putting some system in place so that you can breathe the freshest air possible when you’re in your home. Thanks to science and modern technology, a lot of different options are available for filtering the air in your house – or any other enclosed space where you spend a lot of time.
If you’re interested in growing fresh air in your home, now is one of the best times to do something. No matter which way you lean – natural or mechanical – making sure you have a way to filter the air in your house is more important now than ever before. The sooner you act, the quicker you’ll be able to reap the benefits of breathing fresh air.