We all want to breathe fresh, clean air when we’re at home. You may have heard about the idea of using indoor plants as air purifiers. While it seems like it would work, since plants take in carbon dioxide and “exhale” oxygen, there’s really no conclusive evidence that proves that plants can vastly improve residential air quality.

The Background

In 1989, a NASA experiment was conducted to examine whether plants could take toxins out of the air. The results showed that plants could be effective in doing so, and since then, people have commonly cited this study.

Lost in Translation

It’s important to note that the NASA study took place in a highly controlled chamber, which is far different than your home. Also, specific types of plants were tested for being able to remove specific materials. When you go to a garden store, you’ll be presented with dozens of variety of plants, all potted in various soil mixtures. Further, each home may have different air particulates based on the region and whether animals are nearby.

A Practical Approach

At Putnam Mechanical, we have some better ideas for our Mooresville, NC, customers who want to improve their indoor air quality. We can install systems that filter particulates out of the air. Also, it’s important to remember that taking care of your HVAC unit is probably a big factor in keeping your air clean. Basic maintenance like changing out filters can be done by homeowners, but if you turn to a professional, you’ll have peace of mind knowing that everything will be done properly. Keeping your units well-maintained is a practical approach to improving your air quality, and it can also lower your utility bill.

If you need any help with heating, cooling, or electrical systems, you can turn to Putnam Mechanical. We have 75 years of experience, and our technicians are fully trained and certified. Call us with any questions or to set up a consultation.

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