We are taking the following precautions due to the COVID-19 virus. All of our technicians have masks, glasses, latex gloves and shoe booties if they have to enter your home. Our technicians also have hand sanitizer and disinfectants that they use after every call.
If we are there to do maintenance and we don’t have to come inside your home to get to the equipment, we are asking homeowners to adjust the thermostat for us so we can do the system maintenance without entering the home. We will not be shaking hands and will keep our distance from customers.
Your Houseplant: Pretty and Practical as an Air Purifier
Most of us are taught in basic, elementary school science classes that plants take in the carbon dioxide we breathe out and convert it into oxygen that we breathe in through a process called photosynthesis. This is why “talking to your plants” has a beneficial effect on them. Did you know, however, that some household plants can filter a lot more than carbon dioxide from the air in your home or office? Learn more about the so-called houseplant air purifier.
The NASA Clean Air Study, in conjunction with the Associated Landscape Contractors of America, observed multiple species of plants and different air pollutants, basing their study on photosynthesis, to see what would happen. They discovered that some plants can filter out chemicals found in many homes and businesses, especially those that have been weatherized to have a tight seal.
Some of these chemicals, namely benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene, can be hazardous to your health. Benzene is an element in gasoline and is also produced via cigarette smoke. Formaldehyde can be found in some fabrics, paints and insulation, and trichloroethylene is often found in chemical degreasers (though rarely found in the home). A houseplant air purifier can help remove those nasty pollutants from your indoor environment.
These are just a few of the plants that can help remove pollutants from your indoor air, and most of them are fairly easy to care for:
Golden pothos or devil’s ivy
Red-edged, cornstalk, Janet Craig and warnock dracena
Even if you don’t need them to help improve your indoor air quality, they’ll still spruce up your home. So head on out to your local garden center and pick up your very own houseplant air purifier.