Indoor Air Quality and Better Health

Did you know the air inside your home or office is often worse than outside air? We are used to thinking of the indoors as a safe haven from pollution. Yet research has indicated that the indoor environment may be as much as ten times more polluted than the outdoor environment.  Since most of us spend most of our time indoors, it would be wise to ensure our inside air as healthy as possible. People today spend as much as 90% of their lives indoors where they are bombarded with chemical emissions from building materials, glues and dyes used in furniture, carpets, household products, and personal care products. If you have a relatively new house or one that has been recently renovated, your pollution index is probably quite high. The list of indoor air toxins is surprising, but there are ways of purifying your indoor air and protecting against those indoor airborne toxins. One of the amazing solutions is plants. There are health benefits we derive from eating plants and drinking their juices and these are just the beginning of the story. Research shows that when we bring plants inside to share our environment, we multiply those benefits.green-building-materials

Chi is the life giving energy that unites body, mind and soul. Feng Shui views each corner of your home as representing a part of your life, such as wealth, relationship, health, and career. Place plants near the corners of the areas you wish to emphasize. Use only healthy, vibrant plants that exude life energy. Even if you are not a student of Feng Shui, it’s difficult to escape being drawn into a relationship with plants. Their energy is commanding. Touch them and you will feel their energy flow. According to the art of Feng Shui, the Chinese art of placement, indoor plants are believed to improve the chi in your home. Plants are like pets, but require much less upkeep and attention. And like pets, when you give plants what they need they will thrive. If you decide to add plants to your living or working space, acquire them one at a time, so you can establish a relationship with them and learn their needs. Although they can’t talk, plants will let you know what they require if you open yourself to their communications.

We know much less about the health risks from indoor air pollution than we do about those attributable to the contamination of outdoor air. This imbalance must be redressed by the provision of adequate funding, and the development of a strong commitment to action within both the public and private sectors. Whether building a new home or sticking to your old one, designing or renovating your home with health in mind is well worth the additional expense. It may cost you a little more, but it will pay back in utility savings due to increased energy efficiency. The payback to health; however, is immeasurable. It is clear that meeting the challenges and resolving the uncertainties associated with air quality problems in the indoor environment will be a considerable undertaking. Whether it’s a plant or good equipment’s, you should always consider your health.

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