You Can Grow Fresh Air Indoors
Ever thought about the quality of air you breathe? Is the air at your home or office pure and fresh?We are aware that air pollution is a grave challenge to the environment as well as health. Most of the people tend to think that air pollution takes place only outside. This is not so because air pollution can be found both indoors and outdoors.
In a day, on an average we take 23,000 breaths. Studies have revealed that indoor air can be 10 times more polluted than outdoor air. Every year, several people fall prey to health hazards caused due to the pollutants present in the air. Homes and offices harbor pollutants that get trapped indoors. Some pollutants enter the structures via wall paints, carpets, furniture and other new objects while some exist because of the things already put into use.
Chemicals and allergens accumulate in the dust. Amongst the common air pollutants, the most notorious ones are Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), Particulate Matter (PM 10 & 2.5), Nitrogen Oxides, Carbon Monoxide (CO), Ozone (O3) and Sulphur Dioxide(SO2). They can be in the form of gases or particles.These pollutants cause eye irritation; respiratory symptoms; lung impairment; asthma; headache; nausea; damage to the liver, kidney, and central nervous system; cancer and in extreme instances, even death. As a matter of fact these pollutants may raise a question mark on your well-being and life. Before things get worse, it is imperative to take precautionary measures.
We have talked a lot about air pollution and its adverse effects on humans. Now is the time for solution. Soilless gardening or Hydroponic Culture is one of the tidy, efficient and effective solutions.Hydroponics – a subset of hydro-culture is a technique of growing plants by using nutrient solutions, in water, without soil. Normally, soil acts as a reservoir of nutrients that are essential for the growth of a plant. However, the soil itself is not necessary for the growth of a plant. Researchers had found earlier that plant roots can absorb the mineral nutrients dissolved in water, not in soil. Then, a soil-free method of growing plants i.e. hydroponic culture emerged. The roots of some plants like those of terrestrial origin can be grown with their roots submerged in the mineral nutrient solution or in an immovable medium like perlite, charcoal, gravel, clay-pebbles, coconut husk and other suitable materials.
Needless to say, plants have amazing potential of detoxifying the air. Indoor plants help in removing chemical toxins present in the air. They remove air pollutants by absorbing harmful gases through their leaves and roots. The ability o
f an indoor plant to remove harmful chemical moving in the air is an example of phytoremediation. They produce oxygen which helps in enhanced levels of oxygen & therefore improved air quality inside the building. Some plants produce oxygen during the day time and some during the night time. Keep a mix of these two kinds of plants so that oxygen supply into the air remains constant. Place small green plants in the corners of the rooms or in the passage. You can also replace some of your VOC – emitting show pieces with new indoor plants. Some of the plants that help in removing VOCs are Aloe Vera, Spider Plants, Boston ferns, Purple Waffle plants, English Ivy, Areca Palms, Golden Pothos, Japanese royal ferns etc.If you practice gardening in a conventional way, roots may decay if you don’t take proper care of it. You need to change water and treat soil on a regular basis. With hydroponics, you overcome all this. As hydroponics, re-circulate water within its system for consecutive 10-15 days, you don’t have to water them daily. So, they are water-efficient too. And as it is a completely soil-proof process, plants are liable to stay free from soil-borne diseases as well as from the possibilities of catching dust, molds and allergens.
Hydroponics are the plants that receive a balanced and higher level of nutrients to grow. Comparatively, they are greener, healthier and more efficient in producing oxygen and eliminating toxins present in the air. They are very efficient to perform the detoxification action in the indoor environment.With an increased level of oxygen supply in the blood, one can experience a significant decrease in the instances of sleep apnea, poor concentration, forgetfulness, mood swings, restlessness, depressive thoughts, fatigue, decrease alertness, memory and judgment. Moreover, they do not require a lot of space. And as the system is self-regulating, it does not demand too much of manual labour. The best part is that hydroponics can bring down the expense to almost 20% as compared to the conventional method of gardening.
Studies have also found that clean air can reverse the effects of air pollution. Clean air can bring down the instances of Eye Irritation by 52%, Respiratory Symptoms by 34%, Headaches by 24%, Lung impairment by 12% and Asthma by 9% and heighten up the productivity level of those breathing clean and fresh air by 20%. You can enhance the quality of air that you and your family breathe and draw the benefits. Hydroponics culture is the way of fighting against air pollution.
Paharpur Business Centre (PBC), an mSME in the service and real estate sector, has not only improved Indoor Air Quality, meeting the specified guidelines by ASHRAE, but has also brought its energy consumption down by over 50%.Based on an intensive two year study, it has been rated as one of the healthiest buildings in Delhi by Central Pollution Control Board, Ministry of Environment & Forests, Govt. of India and Chittaranjan National Cancer Institute, Kolkata.
PBC is the first retrofit office building in India that is certified as USGBC LEED Platinum for Existing Buildings. It is also a BEE 5-Star rated building with its annual energy consumption of 28 Whr/hr/m2. Its unique value proposition is the Indoor Air Quality. We grow fresh air with the help of more than 1200 toxin-removing plants to maintain a healthy environment.
Breathe EasyTM; a division of PBC now helps other companies implement solutions to improve Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) while reducing their energy footprints.It offers a comprehensive monitoring and controlling system along with proper testing, designing and consultation on air quality by indoor air experts. By monitoring & managing pollutants, temperature, humidity levels, etc one can effectively combat the ill effects of air pollution.
BreatheEasy™ offers a holistic approach to tackle the problems of air pollution with a special focus on energy efficiency. Three easy-to-maintain, common indoor plants: Areca Palm, Money plant and Mother-in-law’s Tongue help in maintaining the air quality inside any built environment. PBC grows these toxin removing plants in patented CleanAir PlantersTM (hydropones) that make the plants upto 10 times more efficient than a normal potted plant. PBC has been monitoring its Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) and publishes the results on its website every day since 1996.
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