Indoor air pollution is an important environmental threat to human health, leading to symptoms of "sick building syndrome."
VOCs are compounds like acetone, benzene and formaldehyde that are emitted as gases and can cause short- and long-term health effects when inhaled
But researchers report that surrounding oneself with certain house plants could combat the potentiall
To test this, Niri, who is at the State University of New York at Oswego (SUNY Oswego), and his team built a sealed chamber containing specific concentrations of several VOCs. They then monitored the VOC concentrations over several hours with and without a different type of plant in the chamber. For each plant type, they noted which VOCs the plants took up, how quickly they removed these VOCs from the air, and how much of the VOCs were ultimately removed by the end of the experiment.
The researchers tested five common house plants and eight common VOCs, and they found that certain plants were better at absorbing specific compounds. For example, all five plants could remove acetone—the pungent chemical that is abundant at nail salons—from the air, but the dracaena plant took up the most, around 94 percent of the chemical.
Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2016-08-house-indoor-air.html#jCp