Chemicals from paints, varnishes, adhesives, furnishings, clothing, solvents, materials and even tap water can negatively affect indoor air quality and create serious health problems. According to a 2002 World Health Organization report, harmful indoor pollutants are responsible for more than 1.6 million deaths each year. In some areas, indoor air is up to 12 times more polluted than outdoor air.
One of the most effective ways to improve the quality of indoor air at home or at work is by introducing certain houseplants into the space. According to researchers at the University of Georgia, the four best houseplants for removing harmful volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from the air are:
- Purple Waffle Plant (Hemigraphis Alternata)
- English Ivy (Hedera Helix)
- Waxy Leaved Plant (Hoya Carnosa)
- Asparagus Fern (Asparagus Densiflorus)
All of the plants should be readily available at your local nursery.