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THE SECRET LIFE OF HOUSE PLANTS

According to Joe Zazzera, LEED AP, GRP, president of Plant Solutions, Inc., more than 900 volatile organic compounds (VOCs) can fill your indoor air, some of which include detrimental chemicals such as formaldehyde, xylene (cleaning agent, paint thinner), benzene (detergents, tobacco smoke, plastics, synthetic fibers), chloroform/trichloroethylene (metal degreasing, dry-cleaning, paints, adhesives), ammonia and acetone. He also confirms that research has proven VOCs may cause nausea, headaches, coughs, fatigue, dry skin and sore throats – all because of poor indoor air quality.

Let's take a step back to elementary school when you learned about photosynthesis for a moment. Plants convert carbon dioxide into food, releasing oxygen as a byproduct. What scientists have more recently found is that plants can also convert VOCs into carbon-based materials to fuel photosynthesis.BOSTON FERN hese compounds into something harmless. Plants can do something even our most complicated HVAC systems can't and are a terrific way to supplement the HVAC system in a home or building."

NASA research recommends having one plant of an 8-inch diameter pot or larger per 100 to 160 square feet of indoor space to improve indoor air quality. Zazzera adds, "The studies have shown that upon initial installation, VOCs were removed within four to five days; any added VOCs (by addition of furniture, etc.) are removed within 24 hours. This shows that plants get better at processing VOCs."

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Light energy can be measured

2008-03-07 01:30:17 by twice_shy_nlli

A scientist would say if you asked how "bright" an area is, to just measure it with a light meter. Light meters are fairly inexpensive, available in camera stores, and some cameras can be used as light meters themselves. Indoor gardening, measuring the amount of light with a light meter is quite worthwhile, as it is difficult to judge by eye exactly how brightly lit a spot is. Brightness is measured in "lumens". Many indoor plants require a certain number of "lumens" just to live, and do their best at an optimum higher number of "lumens". These values can be ascertained by doing internet searching on the plant's cultural requirements


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