In many ways, we take foliage for granted. We walk by it every day, step on it, and it slowly becomes a background entity on the path to our next destination. But plants have always been an important part of balance in the ecosystem, and in our homes. They keep us healthy, quiet our space, make us feel good, and evoke the need within us to connect to nature. This blog post will outline the amazing benefits of indoor plants, and maybe make you consider adding a few to your home.
Improve indoor air quality
I wasn’t lying when I said plants are an important part of balance in the ecosystem. As humans, when we breathe we take in oxygen, and release carbon dioxide. Plants, on the other hand, take in carbon dioxide and release oxygen. They eliminate ½ lb of carbon dioxide per square inch of leaf surface per year. Pretty cool right? By doing this they also clean the air in other ways. Plants reduce 87% of air toxins in 24 hours. They tackle chemicals like nitrogen dioxide, formaldehyde, toluene, xylene, and benzene. Plants also reduce airborne dust by filtering it out as they take air in. All of this intern helps to create healthier inhabitants.
Create Healthy Humidity
As part of photosynthesis, plants release 97% of the water they take in. Therefore, they naturally create humidity levels matching the recommended human comfort level of 30%-60%. They are a beautiful, natural, and cost-effective humidifier for any space. Just group 2-4 plants together and you will start to notice a difference in your space.
Evoke our Need for Nature
Biophilia– the innate affiliation humans seek with other organisms, especially nature. Biophilia is used to create a calming environment through sight, smell, touch, and sound. Real plant life is a proponent of this. A calming environment has a powerful effect on our psychical and mental wellbeing. Kansas State University researchers found that “Kansas State University. Compared to patients in rooms without plants, patients in rooms with plants request less pain medication, have lower heart rates and blood pressure, experience less fatigue and anxiety, and are released from the hospital sooner.” You deserve to come home after a long day at work and kick back in a home that encourages your body to relax and restores your emotional and psychical well-being.
Reduce Background Noise
The results of this will vary depending on a wide variety of factors, but it is possible! It all comes down to the number, type, and size of the plant. Rough bark and thick leaves absorb, diffuse, or reflect background noise best. Place plants around the perimeter of the space in order to reflect sound off the walls and into the foliage for the best results. Check out the example below of how we use plants at the office to create a privacy partition.
What Do I Plant?
After reading about the benefits of plants at home or at work, we couldn’t leave you without any suggestions for where to start. Here are a few examples of interior plants, their benefits, and what room they should live in.
Peace Lilly- removes mold from the air
Snake Plant- purifies air, removes chemicals like formaldehyde and nitrogen oxide which are produced by fuel-burning appliances
Gerbera Daisy- Releases oxygen at night, purifies the air. Great for bedrooms.