Living Air Filters

Written by Norene Anderson
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Living air filters are provided naturally if you have a green thumb and enjoy spending time cultivating and pampering a variety of houseplants. Researchers are examining the possibility of benefits for allergy and asthma sufferers in relation to various houseplants. Some plants are being studied for the removal of pollutants such as formaldehyde, radon, lead, and carbon monoxide.

If you do not have a green thumb or you are like the average family and just do not have time to devote to this endeavor, there is good news. Air filtering machines are available that reproduce the effects of nature to make the indoors as fresh and clean as the outdoors after a cleansing spring shower. There is no easier way to get clean and pure air than to let a machine do all the work.

Living Air Filters for Clean Air

Living air filters are specifically designed to create the proper ratio of negative-to-positive ion environment to prevent the buildup of pollutants such as pollen, dust, mold, and other sensitivity-creating particles. An air filter properly chosen to remove the active particulates will purify the air continually. It is important to know which size particles are present and offensive. Filters to remove dust and heavier particles will not be the same as one needed to remove bacteria or dust mites.

If you are not prepared to fill your home with Bamboo palm, Ficus alii, Golden pothos, Gerber daisies, and other houseplants, perhaps living air filters is the answer. To find the one that will work best in your environment, check out the MERV rating. Each level from 1 to 12 is designed to capture a different micron size of particles. The label should clearly define the specific types of pollutants it will grab.

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