Plants for Improving Indoor Air Quality


  • Pallapothula Devi Akilandeshwari Student, Department of Botany, University of Delhi, Delhi, India


Absorption, Adsorption, Anatomy, Biosystems, Heating Ventilating & Air conditioning (HVAC) systems, Indoor Air Quality (IAQ), Morphology, Phytoremediate, Stomata, Sustainable, Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)


Modern-day commercial and residential buildings are energy saving and air tight constructions, these constructions lead to the accumulation of air pollutants to dangerous levels, posing a threat to human health. Potentially toxic gases and particulate matter (PM) are often released by a spread of indoor sources and activities of occupants, including furnishings, paints, varnishes, waxes, carpets, solvents, cleaning supplies, office equipment like copiers and printers, gas cooktops, and cigarettes [2]. Air pollutants common to different indoor environments include carbon monoxide gas and dioxide (CO and CO2), volatile organic compounds (VOCs; e.g., formaldehyde and benzene), nitrogen oxides (NO and NO2), and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). Plants can absorb and catabolize almost any airborne pollutant; they can improve indoor air quality (IAQ) by simultaneously taking up CO2 and releasing O2 and increase air humidity by transpiration.




How to Cite

P. Devi Akilandeshwari, “Plants for Improving Indoor Air Quality”, IJRAMT, vol. 2, no. 8, pp. 161–162, Sep. 2021.