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Horticulture or Humidifiers?

Written by Duncan under Air Purifiers, General, Humidifiers | 1 Comment ""

We don’t all have green fingers.  Whatever the opposite of that is, many of us have it in spades! Our allotment is barren, our house plants wither and die no matter what we do.  Which is a shame really, since indoor plants act as a natural air purifier, filtering the toxins and pollutants including carbon monoxide and volatile carbonic compounds from the air.  Indoor plants can also add humidity, increasing moisture like a flowering humidifier that prevents pollutants and dust from floating in the air.

There’s even some research that suggests plants can absorb heavy metal toxins like formaldehyde and benzene.  So plants are very pretty and can be effective in improving air quality, not least because they generate oxygen.  There are some disadvantages though, even if you can keep them alive for more than a few days.  Certain compounds in some indoor plants can cause allergic reactions in animals and humans and people who suffer from hay fever may not thank you for a potted gift.  And even before you can grow your indoor plants, especially if entirely by hydroponics, you need to establish a relative humidity level of between 50 – 70% so that the plants are hydrated properly and transport vital nutrients effectively.

The belt and braces approach of using plants and a humidifier or air purifier does have some benefits. A humidifier is also particularly useful for children with colds and snuffles as helps to help ease congestion.  Adding moisture to your room can make a big difference in how you look and feel, especially if you have dry nasal and sinus passages and are uncomfortable during the arid winter months.

There is of course one indoor horticultural practice that seems to rely very heavily on air purifiers.  We are by no means endorsing it or suggesting you try this yourselves, but the cultivation of marijuana is one where the correct air purity and humidity is vital. 50 marijuana plants will yield about five pounds of harvested marijuana using cultivation equipment such as growing lights and air purifiers.  You’re far better off sticking to the mechanical alternatives!


One Response to “Horticulture or Humidifiers?”

  1. Grow cabinet says:

    Great guide, and thanks for taking the time to publish it; really opened my eyes for some new perspectives that I hadn’t thought of before.

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