Lucky for us, the air quality in the beautiful city of Edmonton is good. Just today, September 30, the Air Quality Health Index is at an average of 2, which is in the low risk category.
We at Team Leading Edge are a bunch of health conscious Realtors, so even if the index shows low risk, we know that pollutants are still present.
Sure, you can’t control the environment outside of your home, but inside, you’re in charge. So today, we picked our top 5 choices of plants that could detoxify the air inside of your Edmonton home.
1. Aloe Vera Plant: cleanse the air of Benzene & Formaldahyde.
According to The National Center for Biotechnology Information, Benzene “is an aromatic compound with a single six-member unsaturated carbon ring. It is a clear, colourless, volatile, highly flammable liquid with a characteristic odour”
Benzene indoor can come from solvents, furniture, building materials and heating and cooking systems.
Benzene in indoor air can originate from outdoor air and also from sources indoors such as building materials and furniture, attached garages, heating and cooking systems, stored solvents and various human activities.
The National Cancer Institute defines Formaldahyde as “a colorless, flammable, strong-smelling chemical that is used in building materials and to produce many household products. It is used in pressed-wood products, such as particleboard, plywood, and fiberboard; glues and adhesives; permanent-press fabrics; paper product coatings; and certain insulation materials.”
Here’s a worrying fact:
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classifies formaldehyde as a human carcinogen.
That means it can cause cancer! Scary!
2. Hedera Helix: can decrease fecal-matter particles in the air. It also cleanses the air of toluol, trichloroethylene, xylol, benzene, formaldehyde.
3. Transvaal Daisy: purge the air of pollutants such trichloroethylene, benzene and formaldehyde.
4. Ficus Tree: sanitizes the air of chemicals: xylol, toluol & formaldehyde.
5. Mother-In-Law's Tongue: cleans the air of: xylol, toluol, benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene.
That’s one good use of your “Mother-In-Law’s Tongue”... plant.
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