Dallas is ranked the ninth largest city in the United States. It ranks even higher (8th) as a city with the worst air pollution. Politicians and city officials debate environmental concerns as they strive to correct the air quality and create green spaces. But even more worrisome, we are being warned now that the air quality in our homes may be two to five times worse than what is outside. The EPA has ranked indoor air pollution among the top five environmental dangers.The reported cases of children and young adults with respiratory problems and allergies have climbed yearly. Considering we spend 80% to 90% of our time indoors we need to take action. Taking steps to make your home a clean green space can protect your family’s health and help the environment.
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In your home or office, adding plants can actually improve air quality and add aesthetic value. Back in biology class we learned that plants take in carbon dioxide and release oxygen. An assortment of plants have also been proven to eliminate significant amounts of benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene while looking good.
The spider plant is extremely resilient and requires little care while it works hard filtering out an array of pollutants. It’s a fun and safe plant to have around children, maybe even in their bedrooms.
The snake plant rates high for its ability to filter out formaldehyde (common in personal care and cleaning products) and it is very easy to care for. It would adapt well to life in the bathroom.
The aloe plant is easy to grow on a sunny windowsill and provides an air-cleaning service along with its medicinal uses to treat cuts or burns.
Looking for color? The perky Gerber daisy or traditional chrysanthemum will bring a smile. They both prefer a well-lit environment. A hanging basket of the prolific golden pathos can make your garage “greener”.
These are only a few of the many varieties of houseplants available to clean the air throughout your home at minimal cost. Most are easy to find at local home improvement centers or green houses. Make sure you consider children and pets when choosing plants. Some plants can be toxic if consumed by animals or humans.
It is recommended that you have one ten to twelve inch potted plant for every one hundred square feet in your home. Be careful not to over water your plants as that can lead to mold growth in the soil.