Health Benefits of plants
Plants contribute to a healthy environment
There are many health benefits regarding plants in buildings.
Attached is some relevant information for your consideration.
Below are some of the reasons why people request plants on their premises.
Plants compliment the interior design and enhance the architecture of your premises.
Plants create an ambience by bringing the outdoors in.
People find plants pleasing and mentally relaxing.
Plants also assist in the deflection and absorption of sound in the workplace.
Plants look after your staff and client health through absorption of toxins and poisons
Plants are the lungs of the earth
It is often difficult to completely control the indoor climate within an office. It can be too hot, too cold, too dry or too damp.
Furthermore, it can never be perfect for everyone: what one person finds too hot, is too cold for someone else.
In addition printers, copiers, computer monitors, floor coverings, paint and wallpaper release substances into the air, which affect the quality of the indoor climate.
The consequences of poor air quality are well known: irritated eyes, headache, skin complaints and dry membranes in the nose and mouth.
Not only unpleasant but also unhealthy.
Winter or Summer
In winter, when heating is at maximum, the result is a dry unhealthy environment.
Most people find a relative humidity of between 30% and 60% comfortable, but many offices are unable to achieve the lower level of 30% in winter months.
It is not pleasant in the summer, either, as sealed climate control systems with non-opening windows, means that you cannot control your environment.
Offices, with the latest climate control systems, find more than a quarter of the staff are dissatisfied with the temperature or the humidity.
How can one improve the environment in the work place?
One can improve the indoor climate of your work place by introducing plants to help create a healthy indoor climate.
Plants are able to bring moisture back into the air. They will absorb dust in addition to harmful chemicals, emitted from air conditioning and heating units.
It has been proved in many work place studies, that plants are responsible for cleaning the air of formaldehyde.
This potentially harmful chemical, is released by most building materials such as paper, furniture, and carpet. This is a very topical issue at present with so many products being imported from China.
A work place, without fresh air circulating, needs plants to help cleanse the air.
The effect of plants in the workplace, has been the subject of many scientific investigations.
One study researched the effects that plants had on the health of staff in the radiology department of a Norwegian hospital.
Once plants were placed in the department, the level of health complaints amongst those studied, fell noticeably.
This resulted in a permanent reduction in absence, due to illness, from 15% to 5% within 6 months.
Symptom Reduction in complaints (%)
Eye irritations - 15%
Dry throat - 31%
Fatigue - 32%
Cough - 38%
Headache - 45%
The presence of plants does not only affect the indoor climate, it adds huge appeal to outdoor areas
Researchers have discovered that a view of greenery can result in a reduction in stress within five minutes.
Research in the Netherlands has shown that people who spend more than four hours a day working at a computer, feel healthier and are more productive with plants within the workplace and a view of green plants outdoors.
Plants in an outdoor area add instant appeal, whether it be a restaurant or bar/café situation, playground or entry area to a large corporate office.
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