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Houseplants on Steroids!

Posted on June 26, 2012
by Wendy Stackhouse

 

Have you ever seen a living wall? At AirTek, we think these are way cool!

Plants have been shown to remove as much as 75% of volatile organic compounds from indoor air and one of the many things we’ve learned on the AirTek blog is how bad volatile organic compounds are for our health.

Common houseplants can remove such dangerous contaminants as:

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

…among others.
The best research on this topic was done by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and they recommend “15 to 18 good-sized houseplants in six- to eight-inch diameter containers” to help clean the air in an 1800 square foot space. We think a living wall is a whole lot more attractive and really brings the outside in.

Living Wall in Office Building

Types of Living Walls
There are three main types of living walls that can be easily installed into a building during or after construction:

Breathe Living Walls feature plants mounted to vertical surfaces made of various materials including concrete, stone and tile. You can have a panel or an entire wall of plants which can be watered from the top and the plants last about 5 years.
Bright Green Planters can be used to build a living wall made of large plastic units that can hang from any vertical surface.
Florafelt Planters come in more sizes and are lightweight and made from recycled plastic water bottles. They can also be arranged into a framed, free-standing system.

Freestanding living wall

Houseplants are an important part of any home’s ventilation system and we encourage you to bring these lovely living things into your indoor environment. But if you really want to make a statement and add to the level of peace in your building, as well as the level of oxygen, a living wall is definitely a beautiful way to do it!

Wendy Stackhouse is the Online Community Manager for AirTek Indoor Air Solutions and our affiliate Alliance Environmental Group. We welcome your comments! For more news and tips or to ask questions of our experts, Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter! For updates on environmental services like mold remediation, lead removal and pest control including bed bugs, Like us at Alliance Environmental on Facebook or follow Alliance on Twitter!

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