Indoor Plants Do Not Improve The Air Quality! Yes You Read It Right

Publish On: 13 Nov, 2019 06:01 PM | Updated   |   Prateek  

Do you also believe that keeping plants inside your home and in your bedroom can help you breathe better quality air? Well, you are wrong. This is not the case with the Indoor plants. Read on to find out.

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Researchers over at Drexel University decided to know if the indoor plants help in improving the air quality or not and the result was not as expected. They have discovered that the 'natural ventilation' properties that the plants have, gets insanely slowed down when they are potted and kept indoors.

This slowed down natural ventilation makes them of no use when talking about improving the air quality.


Co-author of the Research's Narrative:

“This has been a common misconception for some time. Plants are great, but they don’t actually clean indoor air quickly enough to have an effect on the air quality of your home or office environment. ”


The research was published in the Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology.


About the Research:

In the research, CADR was calculated using the data from a number of studies. 

C: Clean
A: Air
D: Delivery
R: Rate

The rate at which the plants deliver clean air is called CADR. The rate of separation of pollutants by plants was slower than natural air exchange.

30 years ago in 1989, NASA claimed that indoor plants can act as air purifiers. After that potted indoor plants gained popularity and people opted for them because they thought they were more than just for decorations. 

When NASA studied this they used a closed chamber which was totally different from real-life environments like home and offices. Their findings were not wrong but were not right either. They don't apply to the real world.

To conclude potted indoor plants will not have any impact on the air that you are breathing but yes they look beautiful so your call.

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