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Houseplants Can Deliver Healthier Air

Our NJ weather has been beautiful and cool weather has been slow in arriving this year. Sooner or later, however, it will be time to close the windows and seal our homes against the cold. That’s when indoor air pollution can build up and cause breathing problems and a general feeling of stuffiness.

To ward off the unpleasant effects of indoor air pollution, consider the healthful and beautifying effects of house plants. Lucky for us, green plants breathe “in reverse”. They take in carbon dioxide to use in their energy making process and exhale oxygen. Research is showing that plants also filter out air’s contaminants including plastics, detergents, dyes, and formaldehyde. Some indoor air contaminants such as formaldehyde have strong links to certain kinds of cancer.

A recent study by NASA (they have a clear interest in keeping the air of the space station clean), showed that some of the easiest plants to grow are the most effective in cleaning the air. They suggest trying lady palms, philodendron, rubber plants, Boston ferns and peace lilies. A plant per room will bring a new level of beauty and a new level of “clean” to your indoor air.

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