It is known that a walk in the Park or in the woods not only enhance mood, but also give us the opportunity to breathe fresh, purified air. In the process of photosynthesis, plants absorb CO2 and produce oxygen, removing pollutants from the air. Therefore, many believed that the same thing should happen at home. However, the results of a new study, which was published in the journal Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology, says that even if your home is a real mini-greenhouse, plants really clean the air.
Office ventilation system more efficient household plants
The results of the study showed that indoor plants do not have a positive impact on the quality of the air in the room, despite the fact that many of us believe. While potted plants, such as cacti and succulents can be a beautiful addition to the interior, their cleaning ability “overrated” and are a “myth,” the researchers write. In fact, scientists have discovered that to compete with office ventilation system will require from 10 to 100 plants per square meter. The study showed that, although some plants absorb hazardous chemical substances contained in the air, they purify it too slow. This opinion publication , The Daily Mail expressed by one of the authors of the study Professor Michael Waring of Drexel University in Philadelphia.
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Waring notes that the result of their work, of course, is an example of how research results can be misinterpreted. And it is known, is able to mislead the public. The results of the research should be regularly re-examine and to question those that initially appear to be unreliable.
What we breathe at home and at work?
The team that conducted the study also found that residential buildings contain volatile organic compounds (VOCS) — these particles are formed from different indoor applications, such as paint, cleaning products, air fresheners and interior. In one of our previous articles we told you what health problems cause LOS or, in simple language, house dust: irritation of eyes, nose and throat, headaches, nausea, fatigue etc. According to the results of previously published studies, for example the work of scientists from king’s College London, the pollution areas in Europe, annually taking the lives of about 99 thousand people, and many researchers and doctors believe the pollution is the main cause of headaches.
Thus, scientists believe that the results of their work — not a reason to abandon indoor plants. Although they may not help very easy, the presence of greenery in our homes and workplaces helps in other ways. Some studies show, for example, that plants help to reduce discomfort in office workers. And the results of another study showed that plants in hospital rooms help patients recover faster from surgery.
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As for how to make the air at home cleaner, here are some useful, according to the researchers, tips: get rid of the carpets because they may contain a lot of dust and VOCS. Do regular cleaning to the air avoid dust, and consider how to improve the ventilation system.