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Indoor Plants that will Purify the Air in your Home or Office

When researching the potential of life — or at least a space station — on Mars, NASA looked seriously at the possibility of using plants as natural air-con units. Already known for absorbing carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen — nicely complementing humans, which do the opposite — a number of indoor plants also proved useful in removing toxic chemicals from the air, including known carcinogens benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene.

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How many plants are ideal for your well-being?

There have been many scientific studies on the air-purifying abilities of plants.   A combination of the plant, the roots and the micro-organisms in the soil all play an important part in reducing volatile organic compounds, CO2 and CO from the air. The most well known study was carried out by NASA in 1989. They analysed 19 plants for their ability to reduce volatile organic compounds (VOCs) such as Benzene, Formaldyhyde, Toluene, xylene, trichloroethylene and ammonia in an enclosed area.    All plants removed formaldehyde from the air and many plants removed most VOCs. Four plants removed all VOCs from the air - the Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum ), Parlour Palm (Chamodorea elegans), Lady Palm (Rhapis excelsa) and the good old Chrysamthemum.    Another variable they looked...

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