While air quality in my home town of Warwick, Warwickshire, UK is not known to be the best in the country,
in fact the council has basically got to act before we all choke.
- Steps to change Warwick District’s poor air quality adopted
- Leamington “one of the worst in the country” for air pollution
- July Street, Warwick (This area is designated in respect to a likely breach of the Nitrogen Dioxide)
- High Street, Clemens Street and Bath Street (These areas are designated in respect to a likely breach of the Nitrogen Dioxide)
This is not my main reason for tackling the air quality in my home.
Reasons for tackling Air Quality at home
My main reason is actually down to what numerous sources on the internet have to say about indoor air quality.
For example, the University of Kentucky has a list of common pollutants that occur in each and every one of our homes,
their list includes dust, aerosol sprays, paper products, glues, pretty much everything you bring into your home is a
potential pollutant. You can find their list here.
I went a little further than this and decided to involve a NASA study. Found here.
In short, it suggests that a Snake plant (Sansevieria trifasciata ‘Laurentii’) or Mother-in-law’s tongue, and a Bamboo palm (Chamaedorea seifritzii) and a Weeping Fig (Ficus Benjamina) can help to remove some substances in the air, namely Benzene, Formaldehyde, Trinitrotoluene, Xylene, Toluene and Ammonia. The snake plant actually manages to filter an impressive five (Benzene, Formaldehyde, Trinitrotoluene, Xylene and Toluene). while the Bamboo Palm filters just (Formaldehyde, Xylene and Toluene) and the Weeping Fig filters the same as the Bamboo palm.
Not only that but I’ve combined them with the use of two technological filters, an air purifier and a dehumidifier. (I’ve put them altogether to avoid photographing everywhere.)
The air purifier is made by HoMedics and features a Permanent HEPA filter. A HEPA filter is important because it is the only filter that is guaranteed to work. It can remove up to 99.97% of allergens and can clean 55 m sq/H with an air flow rate of 140 m sq/H. Impressive.
The dehumidifier is made by ProBreeze. It is ultra quiet and removes damp, moisture and mould from indoors, which I can safely consider a pollutant and can store up to 500ML of water.