This app includes the list of various air cleaning plants with the knowledge of plant height, temperature, watering it needed and the places ideal for them to keep them at home and offices to make the clean fresh surrounding
Download: Android 4.0 (2.4MB)
Runs offline: yes
Last update: Android 13/03/2017 (v. 1.5)
Developer: Hatinder Malhotra
Air Cleaning Plants is a simple application that aims to provide you with information about the best indoor plants for air purification. Many of these species are listed in a NASA publication (see More information), but the application includes more beneficial plants for home or office.
Information provided by the app
The home screen shows a list of all the species included. In addition to the image and name, each entry includes the room in the house or office where it is recommended to be placed. Clicking on each plant opens a small tab with the following information:
- A brief description.
- Pollutants clean, which specifies which pollutants it is most effective against. By clicking on the information symbol included in this field, you access an explanatory screen about the different pollutants (benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, etc.), their sources and symptoms caused by the inhalation.
- Grow upto, where the plant height is stated (in feet or inches. One foot equals 0.3 meters and 1 inch, 2.54 centimeters).
- Temperature, section that shows the recommended temperature range for the optimum plant growth.
- Light, where is indicated what type of light needs.
- Water, which specifies the irrigation requirements of the species.
- Toxic level, an important aspect if you live with pets (or babies), since some of these species are toxic. Even those classified as non-toxic can cause allergic reactions. Therefore, find out before using them as a method to purify the indoor air.
- Ideal for, section indicating the most appropriate rooms for these indoor plants.
- Benefit, section outlining the benefits provided by each species, as well as in which situations they are most appropriate (urban pollution, whether it improves conditions for people with asthma or respiratory problems, etc.)..
The screenshots correspond to the Android version of the application.
Images: screenshots 31/07/2018. © Hatinder Malhotra
The video is recorded using the Android version of the application (2 min 21 sec). To avoid advertising, which can make navigation difficult, the application has been run offline.
You Asked: Can Indoor Plants Really Purify the Air? (TIME, 17/01/2018)
Although air pollution is associated with open spaces, generally in urban environments, one of the main effects on human health is generated by indoor air pollution. In fact, the European Lung Foundation states that «over 900 different compounds have been detected in indoor air», being the concentration of pollutants 2 to 5 times higher than outdoors. The seriousness of the problem is evidenced by the 3.8 million global annual deaths caused by this issue, according to WHO estimates. While much of these deaths occur in developing countries where cooking and heating is done with biomass-fired fire, developed countries are not spared the problem either. Thus, the proliferation of bacteria, fungi and viruses or the existence of chemical agents in indoor areas cause numerous health problems each year.
Measures as simple as better ventilation help to improve living conditions. But you can also benefit by placing several plants inside your home or office.
Air Cleaning Plants provides you with the necessary information to select the best species according to the room or pollutant you are looking for. One of the strong points of the application is the indication about the toxicity of the different species, an important aspect that is not usually addressed by many of the articles dealing with the subject. Also noteworthy is the wealth of information provided to ensure optimum plant development, including, for example, the recommended amount of light or watering requirements. As aspects to improve, it is missing a search engine or some kind of filter that facilitates the consultation of the different species, as well as the inclusion of the scientific name of each plant. It has also been proven that, occasionally, the advertising included in the application can be a little invasive, making it difficult to use it.