According to SAFAR (System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research), in 2016, the AQI (Air Quality Index)was 278 (poor) on Diwali and 315 (very poor) the day after. In 2015, it was 279 (poor) on Diwali and 313 (very poor) the next day for Mumbai and the AQI for other major cities also poor in ranking. This trend suggests that the situation is going to be worse this year in 2018.
The Lancet medical journal has reported that pollution is killing millions of people worldwide, mostly through the diseases it causes, including heart conditions, strokes and lung cancer.
Indoor pollution refers to the physical, chemical, and biological characteristics of air in the indoor environment within a home, building, or an institution or commercial facility. People spend more than 90 percent of their time indoors space. The common indoor plants can provide a natural way of removing toxic agents such as benzene, formaldehyde, Carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxides, and trichloroethylene from the air, helping neutralize the effects of sick building syndrome. The specific indoor plants can prove to be an important weapon when it comes to fighting the rising levels of toxic pollution in indoor space.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Clean Air Study association with the Associated Landscape Contractors of America (ALCA),1989 that indoor plants can be extremely helpful in absorbing harmful toxic gases and clean the surrounded air. Static indoor environments allow pollutants to expansion and stick around in greater amounts; in that, we humans should be breathing in.
The atmospheric parameters affecting indoor thermal contentedness are air temperature, humidity, air velocity, and radiant heat exchange within an enclosure. Apart from the thermal parameters, air quality is also of importance for well-being and health in indoor space.
The indoor pollutants which are toxic that affect health. Formaldehyde, which comes from carpets and particle boards, Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) which comes solvents and chemicals in perfumes, hair sprays, air fresheners, and furniture polish, Biological pollutants which constitute of dust, fungi, allergens, Carbon monoxide, and nitrogen dioxides are affected every living being. Living and working in indoor places with air contaminants and lacking good ventilation can cause “sick building syndrome”, which can cause headaches, dizziness, nausea, and eye, ear, and nose irritation.
Plants are best indoor pollution killers because they are natural air purifiers. They intake toxic chemicals and release oxygen that we breath. Living healthy is a choice now a days. You can make it by keeping plants indoor for to slash down the pollution levels around you. Choose Natural way to stay healthy this festive season.