n average, we spend about 93% of our time indoors, which means maintaining an ideal indoor humidity level is a must for healthy living. A moist environment is a breeding ground for bacteria and mold, and too much indoor moisture can also cause damage throughout your home.
When experiencing excessive indoor humidity, we can experience numerous unwanted symptoms, including watery eyes, coughing, sneezing, itching, fatigue, congestion, dizziness and respiratory infections.
That damp scent, mold, mildew or even rotting frames, don’t create the most appealing atmosphere, and they can even put you in a poor mood or lead to depression. One study found that there are “significant negative relationships between relative humidity and ‘mood scores,’ which represent a measure of happiness.” Other research has shown that feeling healthy, happiness, social affection, and physical strength can all be influenced by relative humidity levels.
Many people don’t understand why they feel ill so often, but it could very well be in the high level of indoor humidity in their environment that’s behind it. The good news is that back in the late 1980s, NASA began researching houseplants as a means of providing cleaner, purer air for its space station, and what they learned was that there are a number of houseplants that can help purify the air and balance indoor humidity, removing that unwanted stickiness and mold hazard. Some can even remove nasty air pollutants and toxins, including the biggest concerns: benzene, trichloroethylene, and formaldehyde, which could lead to serious health problems like asthma, cancer and various allergies.
Who would have thought that by doing something as simple as bringing in houseplants we could get rid of the yeck and improve our health and well-being?
The next time you head to your local nursery or garden store, be sure to pick up one or more of these. Just remember to never let your plants sit in stagnant water as you’ll counteract the beneficial effects – as soon as the water has drained through the soil and into the tray below, dispose of it. You can also discourage mold growth on the top of the soil by covering it with Spanish moss or a bit of aquarium gravel.