Whether we’re at home, in the office, in the car, or at the gym, most of us spend a large amount of time indoors. That move indoors has separated us from greenery – grass, trees, plants and flowers – which can have an adverse effect on our quality of life and our general health. While most of us cannot simply move our lives outdoors, we can bring some of the outdoors in.
Numerous studies have shown the benefits of having indoor plants – here we look at the top 10.
Improve your air quality
Research has shown that the air in sealed environments such as offices can be up to ten times more polluted than air outside. With no fresh air finding its way inside, and with pollutants such as volatile organic compounds (VOCs), carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide building up, indoor air can become toxic. By adding indoor plants, air quality can be improved by 50% to 60%.
Save money on heating and cooling
Indoor plants help to regulate air temperature, helping to cut down on the need for heating and air conditioning. Research by The Foliage For Clean Air Council and National Academy of Science showed that choosing and placing plants correctly can lower building heating and cooling costs by as much as 20%.
A Washington State University showed that plants release moisture to create a humidity level that perfectly matches the recommended levels for humans. This can help to cut back on dry itchy eyes, respiratory discomfort and tiredness often caused by air conditioning.
Sick Building Syndrome can be a big problem in office environments, however, research has shown that having plants in the workplace can significantly reduce sickness and absenteeism. A study in Norway showed that introducing plants to a workplace decreased absenteeism from 15% to 5%.
Indoor plants can naturally help to reduce stress levels, making those living and working around plants much calmer and less stressed.
Research at Washington State University found that students working in a plant-filled computer lab were 12% more efficient than students doing the same tasks in plant-free labs. Similarly, a study at Texas A&M University found that people were more productive in plant-filled offices, coming up with more ideas, more original solutions, and more innovative thinking.
Make the place look more inviting
This one is easy – plants make places look nicer. Choosing the right plants and placing them correctly makes rooms look more welcoming and pleasing to the eye.
Cut down on sound pollution
Choosing the correct plants and placing them correctly can also help to cut down on sound pollution. In busy offices, where it’s easy to get distracted by other people’s conversations, indoor plants can help to absorb noise, and help workers concentrate.
You don’t need green fingers
Even if you don’t have green fingers doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy having plants around you. By choosing to hire indoor plants, you will not only benefit from the advice of experts, you can also have someone else maintain your plants to keep them at their best.
Have someone to talk to!
Many people say that talking to plants helps them grow. If you have plants at home or at work, you can chat to them, and perhaps even enjoy the most intelligent conversation you’ll have all day!