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Control Air Pollution at home with plants

The level of pollution in cities have made it very difficult to catch a breath of fresh air, the toxins from the wall paint, the varnish on the wood, formaldehyde from cleaning products, nail polish, dyed linen sheets, etc.  keep deteriorating the quality of air in our homes. The air in our houses needs to be in check to ensure there is enough supply of fresh air to enable us to live a healthy life.

If you are not a big fan of air purification systems for household, here are some plants that can help you attain a certain degree of fresh air within your house at nominal cost.

Aloe Veraaloe vera



Spider Plant (Chlorophytum Comosum)aloe vera

Moth Orchids (Phalaenopsis spp)Air Mech Moth Orchid

Snake Plant A.K.A. Mother-in-Laws’ Tongue (Sansevieria)aloe vera

Barberton daisy (Gerbera Jamesonii)

aloe vera

Broadleaf Lady Palm (Rhapis Excels)aloe vera

Red-edged dracaena (Dracaena marginata)aloe vera

English lvy (hedera helix)aloe vera

Chinese Evergreen Plantaloe vera


Air Knife (Compressor vs. Blower)

Air Compressor vs Blower

Disclaimer: This article is not meant to undermine the use of blowers or compressors over the other. Both air sources have its uses based on the applications. This articles must be strictly read for comparison purpose only.


Operation Principle:
A reciprocating compressor produces pressure through the reciprocating movement of the piston within the cylinder; thus no pressure is produced in the compressor when the Piston moves from TDC (Top Dead Centre) to BDC (Bottom Dead Centre) position.

Blowers operate on rotary principle thus producing pressure all the time.


Waste of Energy:

Air compressors are aimed to deliver a minimum pressure of 70,000 mm wc. Most blow-off applications for Air knife require a pressure of up to 2,000 mm wc. thus, the energy required to produce pressure from 2000 to 70,000 mm wc. is simply wasted (read not utilised). More than 97.15% required to run the compressor is simply wasted.

This is considering a compressor that is aimed to deliver minimum pressure. Most compressors available out in the market are designed to operate at 1,75,000 mm wc.


Air Volume:

A standard single stage air compressor powered by 1 HP motor can produce air flow of 6.32 m3/hr.

A single stage regenerative blower (1HP) can produce air flow of up to 200 m3/hr.

A standard regenerative blower can move more than 36 times of air compared to a compressor.


Physical dimensions:

Compressors are huge generally because of the storage tank for compressed air. A single stage 1HP compressor occupies 820mm x 325mm of floor area and takes 765mm vertical space.

Regenerative Blowers are comparatively smaller in size and can be fit within or under an existing machine / system; single stage 1HP regenerative blower can fit within 390mm x 430mm floor space.



Running Cost:

As established earlier in this article Compressors waste a lot of energy to deliver pressurised air; thus the running cost of air compressors is higher than Air Blower.

Running cost of Air compressors can be a high as 62% when compared to blower.


Maintenance Cost:

Regular maintenance is essential for blower and air compressor to ensure optimum performance. Regenerative blowers are usually directly driven by electric motor hence, lesser parts and less maintenance cost.

Pulleys, belts, bearing, valves, etc. escalate maintenance cost of air compressors.

Did you know ? (Air Facts)

On a normal day one person breathes 20,000 litres of Air.

Young man in the park

Air has mass & weight.

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Nitrogen in air is essential for plants to grow.

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Nearly every activity that we perform adds to air pollution.

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On an average our Lungs can hold upto six litres of air.

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Humans are not the only contributors of air pollution. Air is also polluted by dust storm, wild fires, volcanic smoke

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Sun’s mass comprises of 1% Oxygen

Most of our oxygen comes from the sea and not from forest

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Air Pollution is linked to attention problems

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Carbon-dioxide aids to photosynthesis in plants

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Earth’s crust comprises of around 47% Oxygen

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Ozone that provides protection from harmful UV (Ultra-Violet) rays acts as pollutant on Earth;s ground levelAir Mech Industrial Technologies #AirFacts #WeCareForAir Ozone Layer Pollution

On an average we breathe 450 litres of air per hourAir Mech Industrial Technologies #AirFacts #WeCareForAir breathe air per hour

Air in the gym is usually of very poor quality, it posses high level of airborne dust formaldehyde and Carbon-dioxideAir Mech Industrial Technologies #AirFacts #WeCareForAir Gym Air

Air Pollution makes you look oldAir Mech Industrial Technologies #AirFacts #WeCareForAir pollution look old

Air pollution can cause rubber in tires to crack and become porusAir Mech Industrial Technologies #AirFacts #WeCareForAir pollution automobile tire effect