Can Plants Improve Indoor Air Quality?

Can Plants Improve Indoor Air Quality?

Houseplants are a delightful addition to any home. Houseplants improve the aesthetic quality of any room and can help to make rooms brighter and more homely. You may have heard some rumors here and there that houseplants may help improve the indoor air quality of your home. Whereas various online searches may claim that certain houseplants can remove certain toxins from the air, this statement is invalid.

Experiment on Plants and Indoor Air Quality

Experiments conducted in 1989 shows that plants could cut down volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in labs. The experiments showed that different plants differed in the time and density of removal of these VOCs. Whereas these experiments may look good on paper, the gas concentrations in the labs do not mimic those in an office environment or your home.

In the lab environment, the household ivies were shown to remove 2/3 of the formaldehyde exposed in 24 hours. While this is quite a remarkable feat, it remains just that, experimental.

Plants do remove VOCs. However, houseplants remove these VOCs very slowly and cannot compare to the air purifying units in buildings. For plants to effectively improve the indoor air quality of your rooms, it would require approximately ten plants per square foot; this means that for a five-hundred-square foot apartment, five thousand plants are needed to do the job. You would need a whole forest in your apartment.

Why Should You Purify Air?

While the thought of using plants to purify your air, the best way to improve indoor air quality is by removing the source of pollution. Indoor air pollution may be from cooking, chemical cleaners you use, and synthetic coatings found on furniture or your carpet. So you tend to want to improve indoor air quality with an air purifying system since these rooms are the source of your livelihood.

How to Improve Indoor Air Quality

Since household plants improve aesthetic quality and not indoor air quality, you should consider installing an HVAC system. An HVAC system works to provide fresh air for your rooms and remove odors, dust, and smells.

HVAC systems are installed by well-trained technicians and have filters, exhaust outlets, ducts, and electrical elements that work to make your rooms comfortable and lively. To install a quality HVAC system and improve your indoor air quality, consider calling TDI Air Conditioning today. We have served East Texans for over 50 years and guarantee you value for your money.