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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