Indoor Plants Improve Air Quality

It may seem counterintuitive, but the air inside your home can contain much more pollution than the air outside. In fact, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has many resources on its website dedicated to educating the public about the adverse effects of too much exposure to pollution from indoor sources.

What are these sources? Sometimes it's something as simple as cigarette smoke, which can have detrimental health effects not just for the smoker but for those around them. Other times it may be the paint on the walls that is slowly releasing toxic particles into the air, or mold spores that have developed in dark, moist corners of a room.

In any case, ventilating your home can mitigate the effects of these pollutants, but that's not always an option. If you live in an area where temperatures drop dramatically in winter, it's simply not economical to leave windows open and waste energy from your heating system.

One solution you may want to consider instead is to stock your house with indoor plants. As points out, there are a number of species of plant that are particularly adept at purifying the air in your home and removing toxins that can cause long-term health issues. Some examples include the spider plant, ivy and ferns, all of which are very low maintenance, require only indirect light and do a good job of filtering out carbon dioxide and other pollutants.

The effects of too much exposure to indoor air pollution are very real, and range from lung cancer and asthma to heart disease. But by using house plants as air filters, and embracing healthy green living, you can avoid these problems and live a longer, happier life.

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