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Houseplants and Your Indoor Air

Posted on March 26, 2013
by Wendy Stackhouse
Photo by raflowers via stock.xchng

It hit 90 degrees where we are last week! It wasn’t even spring! While careening directly from winter to summer, we are beginning to think about the garden and some new plants–it’s time to put in the tomatoes in just a couple of weeks.

Do you have houseplants? Although it is almost time to give them a few months outdoors, we hope you have been using them to improve your indoor air quality all winter. Houseplants not only improve the oxygen/carbon dioxide balance, they also extract pollutants from the air, including:

  • Benzene
  • Formaldehyde
  • Trichloroethylene
  • Xylene
  • Toluene
  • Ammonia

None of those things are present in my home, you say? Sorry, but they probably are. Between carpeting, furniture, paint, varnish and cleaning products, these chemicals are present in pretty much every indoor environment.

If you need some more encouragement, here is a video about the Health Benefits of Houseplants:

If cleaning your air ducts, your kitchen exhaust hood or your entire ventilation system would improve the air in your home in California, please contact AirTek and talk to us about the services we offer!

Have a lovely day and open up the windows!

Wendy Stackhouse has been the Online Community Manager for AirTek and our parent company, Alliance Environmental Group, which offers residential and commercial cleaning, pest control, demolition, structural pasteurization and many other environmental services, since October of 2011. Like us on Facebook and Follow us on Twitter for more updates on indoor air challenges! 

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