So how polluted is the air in your home?The indoor air we are exposed to is two to five times more polluted than the air we are exposed to outside. Many of the products we use in the home are filled with synthetic ingredients; these gradually exude harmful toxins in the environment we are exposed to. The Environment Protection Authority has even gone as far as saying that indoor air is among the top 5 risks to public health.
So, what can you do about it?Add indoor plants to your living areas, let the air into your house and diffuse essential oils.
1. Add Indoor plants to your living areasThere have been many research studies done on indoor air quality, particularly in offices. And these are the results. Indoor plants:
- Improve indoor air quality, helping to remove volatile organic compounds from buildings and help to alleviate the symptoms of sick building syndrome
- They help improve workplace productivity by 15%
- They help reduce stress. UTS (University of Technology Sydney) have conducted research that showed plants at work helped in the following ways:
- 37% reduction in tension/anxiety
- 58% reduction in depression/dejection
- 44% reduction in anger/hostility
- 38% reduction in fatigue