Indoor Air quality plays an important role in the work performance and the health of the users.
With the passage of time the indoor levels of pollutants increases, sometimes much higher than the outdoor levels. To mitigate these effects a study was undertaken by IIT, TERI and learning are from NASA that there are a number of common green plants, with which we can grow all the fresh air we need indoors to keep us healthy. Common indoor plants may provide a valuable weapon in the fight against rising levels of indoor air pollution & are very useful in absorbing potentially harmful gases and cleaning the air inside modern buildings and provide a natural way of helping combat “Sick building syndrome”.
The most common three air quality improving plants are Areca palm, Mother-in-Law’s Tongue and Money Plant.
Areca palm is a plant which removes CO2 and converts it into oxygen. We need four shoulder-high plants per person, and in terms of plant care, we need to wipe the leaves every day in Delhi.
Above: Areca Palm
Mother-in-law’s Tongue is again a common plant. We call it a bedroom plant because it converts CO2 into oxygen at night. One requires about 6-8 such waist-high plants per person in the bedroom.
Above: Mother in Law’s Tongue or Snake Plant
Money plant is a very common plant; preferably grows in hydroponics. It is an excellent plant for removing Formaldehyde and other VOC’s (volatile chemicals) in the air.
The indoor plants most effective in removing Formaldehyde, Benzene and Carbon Monoxide from the air are:
All the above mentioned indoor plants can be used to improve the indoor air quality.