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6 More Plants That Improve Indoor Air Quality

Pink Chrysanthemum Flower Isolated on White Background. Macro CloseupIn our last blog, we pointed out the fact that houseplants can work wonders in the world of indoor air quality. They often say that plants can brighten up a room. But, as we pointed out, many plants also have the ability to purify the air. The aloe plant and the peace lily, for example, are known for absorbing formaldehyde and benzene. They are actually quite remarkable plants. And the good news is that there are many more like them!

Here are six more plants that improve indoor air quality:

1. Chrysanthemum. This pretty and colourful flower does a lot more than simply brighten up a room with its beauty. “The blooms also help filter out benzene, which is commonly found in glue, paint, plastics and detergent,” says the Mother Nature Network, “This plant loves bright light, and to encourage buds to open, you’ll need to find a spot near an open window with direct sunlight.”

2. English Ivy. Our blog has often listed mould and pet dander as two major enemies to indoor air quality. Thankfully, English Ivy or Hedera helix, serves as a superhero in that regard. According to Ellen Ruoff Riley and Stuart Robbins of Healthline.com, this evergreen climbing plant is recommended for removing allergens from the air such as mould and animal feces. It also eliminates benzene, carbon monoxide, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene.

3. Snake plant. The name may sound a bit scary, but its benefits are sure to brighten your day! The Mother Nature Network informs us that “this plant is one of the best for filtering out formaldehyde, which is common in cleaning products, toilet paper, tissues and personal care products. Put one in your bathroom — it’ll thrive with low light and steamy humid conditions while helping filter out air pollutants.”

4. Chinese Evergreen. While they are native to tropical Asian forests, they are not uncommon in North American living rooms. And there’s a good reason for that. These attractive plants remove formaldehyde and benzene from the air you breathe in your home, say Riley and Robbins. The Chinese Evergreen also works to eliminate benzene, carbon monoxide, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene.

5. Gerber daisy. Daisies are widely heralded as pretty flowers. And thankfully, they also have the ability to do much more than make rooms look pleasant. The Mother Nature Network notes that the Gerbera jamesonii has the ability to remove trichloroethylene from the air. “It’s also good for filtering out the benzene that comes with inks,” notes the website, “Add one to your laundry room or bedroom — presuming you can give it lots of light.”

6. Areca Palm. Arguably, we’ve saved the best for last. Riley and Robbins note that “according to NASA and the Associated Landscape Contractors of America, Areca Palm is the most efficient air purifying plant and is an excellent air humidifier.” They reveal that this plant, with its attractive arching leaves, helps to eliminate benzene, carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene and xylene from the air.

The importance of top-notch indoor air quality in your home cannot be understated. Consider the amount of time that you spend in your home. It’s important for the air within it to be as pollutant-free as possible. Surely, houseplants can help. But the Air Quality Services provided by DF Technical & Consulting Services Ltd. can help even more! For more information, please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-855-668-3131 or email info@dftechnical.ca.

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4 Plants Known For Purifying The Air

Aloe vera plant isolated on whiteBy now, it should be no big surprise to you that keeping a clean home is an important step in purifying the air within it. In our last blog, we pointed out that Canadians seem to be doing a better job than their southern counterparts in their efforts to maximize indoor air quality. The Canadian custom of taking shoes off at the door helps to keep pollutants out of the home. Naturally, the cleaner your home, the less polluted it is.

But you can’t be expected to clean 24/7! Dust is bound to accumulate and pollutants are bound to enter the confines of your home when you open the windows. Is it even possible to have a pollutant-free home? Well, one thing is for sure. There are a number of things you can do to purify the air in your home on a daily basis. And not all of them have to do with running the vacuum or picking up a duster.

Did you know that houseplants can help to improve indoor air quality? Back when we were in grade school, we all learned that opposite to humans, plants expel oxygen and take in carbon dioxide. So it stands to reason that the more plants you have in your home, the more you’re doing to add oxygen to the air you breathe. But did you know that there are plants that also help to clean the air that you’re breathing?

Here are four plants known for purifying the air:

1. Aloe. Aloe vera is commonly known as a substance contained in our body lotion that helps with the moisturization process. However, the prickly plant that it comes from is also great for purifying the air. The Mother Nature Network informs us that “this easy-to-grow, sun-loving succulent helps clear formaldehyde and benzene, which can be a byproduct of chemical-based cleaners, paints and more. Aloe is a smart choice for a sunny kitchen window.”

2. Peace lily. Also known as Spathiphyllum, this pretty white flower helps to clean the air similarly to aloe. As Ellen Ruoff Riley and Stuart Robbins of Healthline.com explain it, “in the 1980s, NASA and the Associated Landscape Contractors of America discovered that peace lilies absorb benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, and more. To maximize the plant’s air-cleansing potential, keep the foliage dust-free.”

3. Spider plant. Also referred to as Chlorophytum comosum, this plant, with its long green “legs”, is quite resilient. As the Mother Nature Network describes it, “with lots of rich foliage and tiny white flowers, the spider plant battles benzene, formaldehyde, carbon monoxide and xylene, a solvent used in the leather, rubber and printing industries. As an added bonus, this plant is also considered a safe houseplant if you have pets in the house.”

4. Golden Pothos. Also known as Epipremnum aureum, this plant is described as “virtually indestructible” by Riley and Robbins. It’s considered, “one of the most effective indoor purifiers of the plant world,” they write, noting that it is often placed in hanging baskets. “Golden pothos grows in any light situation except direct sunlight,” they inform, “Water it when the soil becomes dry to the touch.”

At DF Technical & Consulting Services Ltd., we understand the importance of having the air in your home purified. We don’t sell houseplants. But we do provide Air Quality Services to maximize the benefits you receive when breathing the air in your home. For more information on these or any other of our services, please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-855-668-3131 or email info@dftechnical.ca.


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Is Being Canadian Good For Your Indoor Air Quality?

Red and white balloons with the Canadian maple leaf.Let us start off by saying that we’re well aware that the title of this blog may raise some eyebrows as a curious choice. What does being Canadian have to do with the quality of the air that we breathe in our homes? Well, it all comes down to a little Canadian practice that seems to be more of a unified commonality than it is a stereotype. It’s the act of taking off our footwear when walking into a home.

If you don’t think that this everyday practice is much of a Canadian thing, just ask one of your friends from south of the border how often he or she takes off his or her shoes in the home. From our experience, many Americans seem to find the whole “take your shoes off at the door” thing a waste of time. As well, many Canadians can’t imagine a world where they would track in the dirt and grime from the outdoor ground into their homes.

Arguably, HowToSpotACanadian.ca explains it best. “Canadians take their shoes off when entering a home. There isn’t any questioning it,” reads the parody-based website, “As soon as you enter the front door you’re taking off your shoes. That’s just the way it is. As a Canadian myself, I find this practice completely normal…From what I’ve heard, Americans generally leave their shoes on at home.”

So back to the question that makes up the title of today’s blog. Let us ask it another way. Does taking your shoes off at the door help to improve indoor air quality? Sure it does! As Jeanie Lerche Davis reminds us on WebMD.com, it’s important to keep the floors of your home as clean as possible. When people walk inside with dirty shoes, they are undoubtedly bringing in pollutants from outdoors.

To avoid this, Davis highly recommends that you put a large floor mat at every door. “People track in all sorts of chemicals via the dirt on their shoes,” she writes, “A door mat reduces the amount of dirt, pesticides, and other pollutants from getting into your home. If the mat is big enough, even those who don’t wipe their shoes will leave most pollutants on the mat — not the floors in your home.”

Bob Avonda of Avonda Air Systems writes that removing your shoes at the door is one of the easiest ways to ensure that you’re not tracking dirt into your house that can get picked up into the air. Naturally, it pays to keep a clean home. He recommends that you dust and vacuum with a HEPA filter regularly. However, it evidently pays to do things the Canadian way. Avoiding shoes in the home minimizes the amount of dirt that you have to clean.

If you do have to clean dirt that has been tracked in from the outdoors, it’s best to do so thoroughly. Davis insists that you mop up all of the dust that your vacuum may have left behind. “You can skip the soaps and cleaners and just use plain water to capture any lingering dust or allergens,” she advises, “New microfibre mops (and dust cloths) reportedly capture more dust and dirt than traditional fibres and don’t require any cleaning solutions whatsoever.”

The way we see it, being Canadian is definitely good for your indoor air quality! As long as you’re practicing the good old Canadian tradition of leaving your shoes at the door, you’re doing your home – and everyone who lives in it – a big favour. At DF Technical & Consulting Services Ltd., we offer Air Quality Services to ensure that you’re on the right track. For more information, please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-855-668-3131 or email info@dftechnical.ca.

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  1. May 10, 2016 at 7:09 am

    Great article! Getting your carpets and air ducts steam cleaned is good for your health too!

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