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Time to Bring in the Houseplants!

Posted on October 01, 2013
by Wendy Stackhouse
Image by gorand1983 via stock.xchng
Image by gorand1983 via stock.xchng

Here in Southern California where I am writing, we hardly ever get a frost. We had the first snow in 50 years a couple of winters ago, and it was really more like falling slush. But I have lived in Minnesota, so I do know something about real winter.

But it’s ture, we hardly ever get a frost and sometimes our tomato plants produce for 2 years.

Even here, however, we seal up the house for the winter months, against the rain and the chill. We stop opening the windows and even have a fire in the fireplace–especially on Halloween!

Did you know that almost every house and apartment in SoCal has a working fireplace?

Anyway, although we don’t have to bring our houseplants in to save them from getting frozen, we have another good reason: improving our indoor air.

Not only do plants turn carbon dioxide into the oxygen we need to live, they also extract pollutants from the air, including:

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

In the winter, even here, we close the windows and seal our homes as well as possible to keep the heat in, saving energy and money. But our houses are so well sealed that the pollutants we produce with our decorating, flooring, cooking and cleaning stay in the house with us, possibly all winter long!

So bring some plants indoors! It may not save their lives, but it just might save yours!

And if it’s time for your ducts to be cleaned for winterizing, give AirTek a call!

Wendy Stackhouse is happy to be publishing her 100th blog post at AirTek today! She 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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