There are many health risks related to office spaces that are closed up, with sealed windows, maximum insulation, and no circulation of fresh air.
Several dangerous pollutants like formaldehyde, black mold, radon, carbon monoxide, and other gases, can build up inside closed areas. However, NASA has discovered that there are 15 plants that can help purify the air within a building of 1,800 square feet.
In the study conducted by NASA, several gases and contaminants were placed inside Plexiglas chambers in the company of different plants to see how effectively these plants would clean the air. Among the plants that got rid of up to 90% of the formaldehyde present in the environment were aloe, the snake plant, the golden pothos, and the philodendron. These are most certainly good plants to help you purify the air in your office.
When the plants were tested against benzene, the champions were the peace lily, the English ivy, the dracaena, and the gerbera daisy, which removed up to 80% of this contaminant, and they proved very effective in dealing with carbon monoxide and other pollutants too. For example, these cut the trichloroethene levels in half, an unstable organic chemical that is present in office cleaning products, glues and paints, and that gets in the air through evaporation.
Among the most popular plants to clean the air are the ficus, the spider plant, the rubber plant, and the Boston fern. There are also several palms on the list: the areca palm, the bamboo palm, the dwarf date palm, the reed palm, and the prayer palm. The Chinese evergreen that grows in dark rooms is another favorite, and among the flowering plants that get the job done we can find the Christmas cactus and the chrysanthemum, which will add color to the environment while they help clean it.
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