In my Create a Healthy & Restful Home series this week, I focus on adding plants or trees to your home to better the air quality in your home. Some plants are known for removing various toxins from the air. A home with good air quality creates a healthy environment for you and your family.
VOCs in the Home
Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are gases that household items can emit, for example, paint, furniture, and carpet, to name a few. The science behind plants absorbing toxins began with a study NASA performed in a closed circulation environment. Our homes are not sealed tight, so it is not an exact comparison as our homes offer ventilation allowing outside air to enter the house.
4 Tips to maintain healthy air in your home:
- Open your windows to encourage air ventilation and let the sun it!
- Maintain and replace filters in your home’s HVAC system.
- Minimize or eliminate new VOCs in the home. Understand the products you are using and what they can be doing to your air.
- Add plants and trees! Plants bring the vibrancy of nature, the lovely colors of nature, and the feeling of being outdoors.
- VOC absorbing Plants
- Understanding Candles
- Choose the right air purifier for your needs and home. The HEPA filters are good at removing large particles that cause allergies. However, carbon-filter purifiers are more effective at removing VOCs. Do your research as simply running the purifier may create additional VOCs.
Enjoy your healthy and restful home beautifully decorated with plants! If you need help restyling your home before entertaining, call me at 610-955-8202 or email me for a consultation.
By Debbie Correale, Redesign Right, LLC. Stay connected on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Houzz, and LinkedIn. Feature photo licensed from Shutterstock.