Happy Houseplant Appreciation Day! Learn how to keep your indoor air feeling fresh during these dry, cold months. Plus, tap into five new ways that houseplants help purify your home and contribute to the overall wellbeing of those living in it.
Plants and humans naturally live in tandem with one another. When plants undergo photosynthesis, they consume carbon dioxide and release oxygen into the air. Humans do just the opposite. This complementary relationship helps balance out oxygen and carbon dioxide levels in your home. Invest in some indoor plants to help create a better breathing environment for your family.
Houseplant Tip #1 – Some plants produce more oxygen than others. Take a peek at some of the highest oxygen producing houseplants!
Not only do plants regulate oxygen levels in your home, but they naturally filter it too! It is said by NASA, that houseplants have the capability of removing more than 80 percent of toxins from the air every 24 hours. This is a big deal considering toxic substances, such as formaldehyde, are found in everyday products such as rugs, vinyl, cigarette smoke, and grocery bags. With that said, not everyone has the right growing conditions for the number of plants needed to filter all the toxins in your indoor air. Invest in one of our indoor air purifiers, such as the Bryant Legacy Series Electronic Air Cleaner that captures up to 99 percent of airborne particles.
Has the flu tried to keep you down this winter? Pacific Northwest winters can be harsh on our bodies. However, new research reported by WebMD suggests slightly higher indoor humidity levels can help slow the spread of infection. Luckily, houseplants are excellent at regulating indoor humidity levels! According to the Agricultural University of Norway, plants in indoor spaces release 97 percent of the water they take in. Meaning, the presence of plants in your home can help decrease the power of airborne particles which will allow you to get rid of that nasty cold faster!
Houseplant Tip #3 – Flu season is here! Our Air Scrubber Plus actively scrubs your home’s air to reduce viruses and airborne pathogens in your home.
You don’t need us to tell you self-care is incredibly important. A big part of feeling better is living better, which can start with making small adjustments to your surroundings. One of the easiest ways to improve your environment is by investing in plants! According to studies, plants are proven to improve mood, lower anxiety, reduce stress, and improve overall wellbeing.
Houseplant Tip #4 – Fresh herbs, such as basil, produce linalool, a naturally occurring compound that acts as an anti-inflammatory and pain reducer.
In addition to mood, studies have proven that houseplants improve concentration and productivity by about 15 percent. A study at The Royal College of Agriculture in Circencester, England found that students demonstrate 70 percent greater attentiveness when taught in classrooms containing plants. In the same study, attendance was also higher for lectures given in the plant-filled classrooms.
Houseplant Tip #5- Stay focused in the office and celebrate Houseplant Appreciation Day by adding a manageable, low-light plant to your desk!
We value the comfort level of our customers, and are always looking for ways to improve your life. Bob’s Heating & Air Conditioning installs air purifiers to promote comfortable living inside and outside of your home. Call us at (800)840-3346 or contact us online to schedule your next HVAC appointment. We look forward to hearing from you!