People with ‘green fingers’ will know right away what today’s topic is all about: With certain indoor plants, the indoor climate can steadily be improved. Since these absorb the CO2 breathed out by people and animals and supply the room with oxygen again through photosynthesis. This of course does not save the need for repeated ventilation by opening the windows – but it is nevertheless far more than just a pleasant side effect.
Plants even help us in a prophylactic way as “cold blockers”. Because they, as the experts among our readers will also certainly know, enrich the breathing air with humidity, so the mucous membrane in the airways stays moist – and is as a result much more resistant to germs. Some plant species even rerelease up to 97 per cent of their water reserves as vapour and so regulate the humidity in the room. That is why herbalists decorate their living spaces with indoor plants that give off especially large amounts of moisture into the air, such as cyperus or papyrus plants. In addition, some plants possess yet more, so far unexpected characteristics from which we can really benefit…
The best emissions controllers of all indoor plants
- Aloe vera filters more formaldehyde out of the room air than any other plant.
- Peppermint is thought to promote cognitive performance and attentiveness with its fresh scent, according to a study by the University of New York. This is the ideal plant for an office or study.
- Common ivy breaks down more benzene in the air than any other plant. Benzene is produced by cigarette smoke and can cause cancer.
- Peace lilies are also a very good controller for benzene and trichloroethylene.
- Lemon balm improves well-being with its fresh scent and according to a study by Ohio State University increases the production of the pain relieving hormone norepinephrine.
- Gardenia plants fill the entire room with their aroma and are therefore especially recommended for offices as mood enhancers.
- Spider plants absorb enormous amounts of carbon dioxide and so permanently ensure fresh air – optimal for rooms where a lot of people stay for a long time.
- Devil’s ivy breaks down carbon monoxide and benzene very well. It is also one of the plants that carries on actively breaking down particles even in low light levels.
- Dracaena absorbs formaldehyde, trichloroethylene and also benzene very well. It is also well suited to dark places.
Be grateful to your plants – ensure optimal light penetration
All that we have to do for our plants in return is provide them with enough water and light – for one of those we have the tap, and for the other there is the BF06 Lux Meter from Trotec. With this light measurement device, you can measure the light penetration very simply, so that the plants also have the optimal light levels for improving the air.
Clean air – with innovative solutions from Trotec
We can let you know all of the ways our air quality management could benefit you. And also make the most of our current offer: You can get the Lux Meter for just £17.52 instead of £34.32 incl. VAT. – in the Trotec shop now!