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Air Purifiers versus House Plants

House full of house plants? Considering making a swap from a plant to an air purifier? At Airgle air purifiers, we have prepared a guide to the benefits of both and engage in some myth busting along the way!

The very first research into houseplants

Houseplants are not something you would necessarily associate with NASA, but in 1989 the US government agency joined forces with the Associated Contractors of America (ALCA), to determine the most effective indoor plants for removing toxic agents from the air.

The research piece claimed that some plants were particularly good at filtering out benzene, ammonia and formaldehyde from the air. The classic Chrysanthemum proved most effective, alongside the Peace Lily, both shown to filter out amounts of benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene, toluene and ammonia.

Not every plant was claimed to have equal air purifying properties, and the highest performing detoxifying plants included:

  • Chrysanthemum
  • Aloe Vera Plant
  • Peace Lily
  • English Ivy
  • Bamboo Palm
  • Golden Pothos

Do you need an air purifier if you have house plants?

A more recent study published in 2019 in the Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology reviewed 196 house plants and 12 previously published scientific studies over 10 years. The research concluded that the air detoxifying properties of plants were not quite as impressive as we had once thought.

The study determined that in order to remove toxins from the air, 10 house plants would be needed per 1 square foot. This equates to 5,000 plants for a small one-bedroom apartment.

If you really want clean air - you need an Air Purifier

Whilst houseplants are lovely to look at and provide us with a feeling of calm, science has concluded that they do not have the effect of cleaning the air that we had once hoped for.

Air purifiers, on the other hand are specifically designed to take ‘bad air’ and purify it, dramatically improving the air quality in your home.

Airgle medical air purifiers, for example, uses Medical-Grade Air Purification with cHEPA Filter Technology.

It can remove the tiniest of unhealthy particles from the air including dust, pollen, pet dander, tobacco smoke, viruses and bacteria.

Airgle has, in fact, developed the world’s first and only photocatalytic oxidation technology that uses a catalytic plate, electronic component, a germicidal UV lamp and a UV lamp ballast within one solo disposable module.

Third-party testing demonstrated that the Airgle AG300 achieved a 6-log reduction – meaning a 99.9999 per cent reduction of bacteria in the air in your home.

Benefits of an Air Purifier

When you breathe purified air indoors, it has many wonderful benefits including:

  • Relieving symptoms of asthma
  • Eliminating harmful chemicals
  • Neutralising unpleasant odours
  • Reducing the chances of airborne diseases
  • Improving your sleep

About Us

Airgle began manufacturing air purification systems in New York in 1999. Over the last 22 years, they have expanded across the United States, the UK and worldwide.

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Top Tips to Improve Your Indoor Air Quality

When considering air pollution, many people only think of outside - busy traffic streets, cities, and train lines. However, air pollution is present inside too, and factors like vaping, damp, and even owning a pet can contribute to lowering indoor air quality. Here at Airgle, we have rounded up the best simple steps to take to improve the purity of the air in our homes.

Go Smoke-Free

Smoking or vaping within the home not only introduces unwanted smells which can linger, but it also dramatically reduces the air quality. Try to avoid burning anything within the home, including incense, and wood burning fires and stoves, as they can introduce carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide, which are poisonous gasses and dangerous to the health.

Increase Ventilation

Keep the home and office well ventilated. Opening the windows several times a day allows fresh air to circulate and avoids a build-up of gasses, or stale smells, especially important when cooking.

Air Purifier

For the fool-proof way to ensure you have the purest air at home or in the office, many people and businesses invest in an air purification system. Air purifiers actively remove airborne pollutants, such as dust particles, odours, second-hand smoke, bacteria, viruses, allergens and VOCs. The AG300 air purifier made by Airgle is the ideal size for those wishing to purify the air in the home, or for businesses and organisations, the AG600 air purifier or AG900 air purifier larger models are recommended.


By picking up dust and particles from the floor, furnishings and fabrics, a vacuum cleaner also helps eliminate those elements from the space entirely, preventing them from becoming airborne. Although it might sound obvious regular vacuum cleaning helps reduce allergens found in pet dander and dust, improving air quality for allergy sufferers.

Get Growing

Often overlooked as an aid to cleaner air, house plants can be effective at helping to reduce pollutants in the home or office. Peace lilies, in particular, are favoured for their low-maintenance, higher filtration properties, although extremely toxic if eaten.

Eliminate Mould

Damp, mildew and mould are big causes of home air pollution and can worsen wheezing, coughing and asthma symptoms. Check for leaks, signs of damp or problems with the damp proof course of your home, make sure bathrooms and washrooms are well ventilated and when at home, dry clothes outside where possible to avoid a build up of steam and moisture in the air. Where there is a moisture issue, using a dehumidifier can help cut down on damp problems.

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Where is Air Purification Most Needed?

There are a multitude of reasons that people need and want to breathe pure air, and a huge range of scenarios when air purification systems can be used to improve the air quality and help ensure the comfort and safety of those using the spaces. Here, the air purifier experts at Airgle look at just four different places where customers have used their products to achieve refreshing air purity.

1. In the home
Research has shown that modern buildings, furnishings and appliances can release toxins and odours into the air of our homes. Add to this dust particles, smoke, external pollution and pollen, and it is easy to see why home air purification systems are growing in popularity. Those wishing to breathe the cleanest natural air are choosing the neat and compact Airgle AG300, specially designed to clean rooms up to 15 square metres, providing relief to those suffering from severe allergies, asthma and other respiratory issues. With a gas and odour filter, and the ability to remove harmful particles down to 0.003 microns with an efficiency of 99.999 per cent, the AG300 will give homeowners the confidence in their home air quality to sleep soundly at night.

2. In the car
For those who spend time in the car, on long journeys, or travelling through polluted city centres, the AG25 Personal Air Purifier could be the perfect clean air solution. Pollutants from inside and outside the car mean poor quality air can build up inside the car, which in turn can affect health and comfort. Add to this the potential risks of airborne bacteria and viruses within the small space when transporting passengers, as well as risks from second hand smoke. The small and portable Airgle AG25 has auto temperature control settings and is equipped with activated carbon and PCO filtration technologies that remove airborne pollutants, such as dust particles, odours, second-hand smoke, bacteria, viruses, allergens and VOCs. Small enough to carry from the car to the office, the AG25 is perfect for all personal air purification needs.

3. At work
Increasingly employers are recognising the importance of clean air at work. Office spaces contain many machines and appliances which can make the air impure, and having a large number of people together in one space can mean that illnesses can spread easily throughout the workforce. Clean air keeps workers comfortable, happy and well, and that keeps productivity high. Airgle produces air purification systems for different sized spaces, and the Airgle AG600 air purifier is perfect for small and mediums sized offices, whereby the medical grade AG900 air purifier is best placed for the larger office space. By investing in clean air in the workspace, businesses and employers are visibly investing in the health and wellbeing of their employees.

4. At the doctors’ surgery
One of the greatest benefits of air purification systems is their ability to rid the air of harmful bacteria and viruses, therefore perhaps bringing the biggest benefit to the doctors’ surgery – a space of high traffic which brings together those with potential viruses and the most vulnerable who need to be kept safe from illness. By installing an Airgle medical grade air purification system such as the AG900, surgeries can keep their patients and staff safer, knowing that airborne viruses and parthogens have been eliminated to 99.9999 per cent, and that in just a single pass viruses and bacteria are removed.