Updated: Aug 3, 2020
The study found that plants are effective at filtering likes of benzene, ammonia and formaldehyde etc from the air, helping to neutralise effects of Sick Building Syndrome. They found certain tropical plants, which are commonly used as houseplants, are quite effective in removing formaldehyde, trichloroethane, benzene and other pollutants from air and replacing them with breathable oxygen.
Aside from serving as the perfect accent piece to beautify any living space, plants can also help to relief eye strain. In addition to improving air quality, having plants in your home can reduce stress levels which in turn helps you to sleep better.
What is Sick Building Syndrome?
Sick Building Syndrome (SBS) is a name for a condition that’s thought to be caused by being in a building or other type of enclosed space. It’s attributed to poor indoor air quality. However, the precise cause is unknown.
Among the possible symptoms of SBS are:
tightness in the chest
allergy-like symptoms, such as sneezing
burning sensations in the nose
dry, itchy skin
The culprits behind SBS may include:
buildings with poor ventilation, such as schools, offices, and public spaces
high levels of dust
rooms with poor lighting
outdated computer displays that cause eye strain
the presence of mold or fungus
formaldehyde (mostly found in wood furniture and floors)
asbestos chemicals in the air from cleaning products
ozone from the use of printers and fax machines
high levels of stress at school or work
low workplace morale
heat or low humidity
noisy work environments
insect or animal droppings
Mia has an extensive collection of specially selected air-purifying plants that will improve the microclimate in any home, school or office. Everybody needs the purified air that these lovely houseplants produce.