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15 houseplants for improving indoor air quality. A breath of fresh air In the late '80s, NASA and the Associated Landscape Contractors of America studied houseplants as a way to purify the air in space facilities.

15 houseplants for improving indoor air quality

They found several plants that filter out common volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Lucky for us, the plants can also help clean indoor air on Earth, which is typically far more polluted than outdoor air. Other studies have since been published in the Journal of American Society of Horticultural Science, further proving the science. Want to see the best plants? Carbon filtering. Carbon filtering is a method of filtering that uses a bed of activated carbon to remove contaminants and impurities, using chemical adsorption.

Carbon filtering

Each particle/granule of carbon provides a large surface area/pore structure, allowing contaminants the maximum possible exposure to the active sites within the filter media. One pound (450 g) of activated carbon contains a surface area of approximately 100 acres (40 Hectares). Activated carbon works via a process called adsorption, whereby pollutant molecules in the fluid to be treated are trapped inside the pore structure of the carbon substrate.

Carbon filtering is commonly used for water purification, in air purifiers and industrial gas processing, for example the removal of siloxanes and hydrogen sulfide from biogas. It is also used in a number of other applications, including respirator masks, the purification of sugarcane and in the recovery of precious metals, especially gold. Types of carbon filters[edit] History of carbon filters[edit] Indoor Air Quality - Improving Indoor Air Quality. You may be surprised to know that even indoor air can be polluted, sometimes more so than outdoor air.

Indoor Air Quality - Improving Indoor Air Quality

And because many people who have COPD or other chronic health conditions spend a great deal of time indoors, improving indoor air quality is especially important. To help you improve the quality of your indoor air, here are 11 steps designed for those with COPD or other chronic illnesses. 1. Take Charge of Your Home The first step towards improving indoor air quality is taking charge of your home. Allergens An allergen is a substance that causes your body's immune system to have an allergic response. Now that you have identified the sources of your indoor air pollution, follow the remaining steps to help manage them. 2. Many healthcare providers are extremely knowledgeable about issues surrounding air pollution, both indoor and out. 3. 4. Tobacco smoke is an irritant and breathing secondhand smoke is extremely hazardous to your health. Are you trying to quit smoking? 5. How to Grow Fresh Air. How to Remove Fluoride from Drinking Water.

Most people are aware that there is a controversy surrounding public fluoridation of drinking water.

How to Remove Fluoride from Drinking Water

Here is a list of ways to obtain drinking water without fluoride. In addition, I've listed water purification methods which do not remove fluoride from water. Ways to Remove Fluoride from Water Reverse Osmosis Filtration This is used to purify several types of bottled water (not all), so some bottled waters are unfluoridated.

Reverse osmosis systems are generally unaffordable for personal use. These Do NOT Remove Fluoride Brita, Pur, and most other filters. Steps to Reduce Fluoride Exposure Don't take fluoride supplements. Radiation, Fluoride, Pharmaceuticals, Heavy Metals. Waterbobble. The Best Water Filtration.