Finding ways to keep the air clean in your home is not a new phenomenon, but it is one that has become more advanced over the years. In 1989, there was a NASA experiment that led people to believe that indoor plants could purify the air in your home, removing toxic chemicals and provide a cleaner environment within your home.
People began to fill their homes with aloe plants, philodendron, snake plants, fiddle leaf figs and monsteras in hopes that their air would become cleaner. But on the other side of the spectrum, scientists took a deep dive into this experiment to see if the success from the testing environment would translate to a real-life scenario.
What they found was that in the experiment the plants were housed in a 2 foot wide and long chamber filled with various gases being circulated by a small fan (Source: National Geographic). In this environment, the plants were able to decrease the pollutants in the air. However, when taken outside of its experimental state, scientists found that the plants could not keep up with the rate at which the toxins were released into the air.
“To reduce VOCs (volatile organic compounds) enough to impact air quality would require around 10 plants per square foot. In a small 500-square foot apartment, that’s 5,000 plants, a veritable forest,” according to a National Geographic article published by Sarah Gibbens in 2019.
Now, this doesn’t mean that you need to throw away all of your indoor plants or go buy 4,986 more. It simply means that you need to reevaluate how you improve the air quality in your home.
Where Science Meets Technology: Roland Black Heating and Cooling Helps You Navigate Your Indoor Air Quality Options
If you aren’t sure where to start with indoor air quality, you’re in the right place. Roland Black Heating and Cooling is proud to offer indoor air quality assessments to help you find a solution that works for you. Simple adjustments that you can make include replacing your air filters regularly, cleaning out your air ducts, and investing in a home purification system like the REME HALO.
When installed into the supply plenum of your HVAC system’s air ducts, the REME HALO produces and distributes Hydro-Peroxide plasma — a naturally occurring gas in the earth’s atmosphere that cleans air — through the air handler, the ductwork and into your conditioned living spaces. Unlike other indoor air quality devices, which are more passive and require pollutants to pass through them for purification or filtration, the REME HALO actively purifies pollutants at the source.
The REME HALO works by eliminating airborne particles like dust, pollen and dander, killing up to 99% of bacteria, viruses and mold in your home, providing whole-home purification and easily integrating into your existing HVAC system.
So keep watering your fiddle leaf figs and spider plants, but give the team at Roland Black a call to discuss how the REME HALO can help improve the air in your home all year long.