Indoor water features have become popular due to their natural beauty and intricate form, however researchers have found that there is more to them than just their decorative appeal. An indoor water feature has more health benefits than you may realise. Water features can help in several different ways- their look, sound and the little known effect on the air.
Water is a natural stress reliever for humans. When you envision yourself at your most relaxed you are taking a hot bath after a long day, or sat on a beach watching, and listening to, the gentle waves of the ocean. The advantage of owning an indoor water feature is that you don’t need to go abroad or spend a great deal of money to feel the benefits and when you’re relaxed it’s proven that your blood pressure and heart rate drop and you are able to think more clearly. Water features are also an ideal relaxation tool and can be incorporated into meditation exercises to help you achieve a calm and clear state of mind.
A water feature is an ideal focal point for a room or outdoor space; the sound and visual effect of falling water is very soothing. The variety of features available will allow you to easily find a suitable style to fit in with your décor or garden. Some even include lighting to allow you to enjoy an added effect of lit water in the evenings.
Having an indoor feature will give the advantage of adding negative ions to the air. While positive ions, which come from computers, televisions and air conditioners can make you feel irritable, depressed and tired, the negative ions from the moving water can increase oxygen flow to the brain and make you feel more alert and happier.
In scientific terms, the countryside has between 2000 and 4000 negative ions per square centimeter, whereas a big city will only have up to 100 and a room with running air conditioner can have close to none. Negative ions help purify the air, removing 95% of bacteria and allergens which can help anyone suffering from asthma or who has seasonal allergies. On top of this purifying effect the water feature can help to return moisture to the air, increasing air quality for humans, pets and plants.
With all the benefits you’re set to gain it’s worth adding a water feature to your home. Today’s water features offer a wide range of designs for both low purchase prices and low running costs, and require minimal maintenance.