Is Your Home Sick – an Energy Efficient Home Hurt You?
Did you heard about the term “Sick Building Syndrome”?
Numerous studies conducted by the EPA over the last 25 years have shown measurable levels of over 107 known cancer causing agents in modern homes and offices. The presence of these VOC’s (volitile organic compounds) are due to the switch from open windows to energy efficient living and working environments.
Modern building methods and products, results in energy efficient homes and offices containing amounts of known cancer causing chemicals.
Scientists and doctors can’t say yet but are concerned of the unknown effects to humans from long term low dosage exposure and contact to these cancer causing VOC’s found in modern homes and offices today.
NASA research suggest indoor house and office plants (four of the top 10 plants were Dracaenas) may reduce substantially the amount of exposure to common VOC’s you experience in your daily routine.
For example the chemical Trichloroethylene or (TCE) is used in printing inks, paints, lacquers, varnishes, and adhesives. In 1975 the National Cancer Institute reported an unusually high incidence of hepatocellular carcinomas was observed in mice given TCE by gastric intubation. The chemical TCE is now considered a potent liver carcinogen.
Look around your home or office; new desk, carpets and other items can help in making you “sick”. Dracaenas and other plants may prove to be one of the answers to assist you in feeling better.
Dracaenas cleans the air and is especially adapt at filtering out xylene and trichloroethylene.