Over the last decade, there has been an increase in the popularity of both indoor and outdoor water features. And we love it! Not only are they an aesthetic addition to any space; being favourites in shopping centre’s, art galleries, resorts, office’s, and now homes, they also provide many other benefits that you may not have considered.
Since we are advocates for Clean, Cool and Comfortable air, we’ll share our TOP 5 with you now.
1. Improve Your Air Quality
The water in any water feature will create negative ions. These negative ions will pull toxins, dust, pollen and other bad things from the air and create these ions. This process is highly beneficial to improving air quality, especially indoors where positive ion levels are highest.
So what are Positive Ions?
According to Ion Loop, positive ions are small molecules that have gained a positive charge. Most forms of pollution, toxic chemicals, pollen, mould, and other harmful chemicals in the air all carry a positive electrical charge, making them positive ions.
If you’ve ever felt anxious, stressed, or depressed for no reason at all, you could be suffering from what’s known as positive ion poisoning. These dangerous little ions are small enough to be absorbed through your skin and lungs and aren’t visible to the naked eye. You’re likely breathing them in right now as most indoor spaces are polluted with positive ions.
Other potential downsides of absorbing too many positive ions include higher inflammation levels, mood swings, chronic pain, worsened allergies, and more.
What Generates Positive Ions?
- Electronic devices like televisions, phones, and computers
- Fluorescent Lighting
- Toxic carpeting, upholstery, and paint
- Air pollution, especially in crowded cities and industrial zones
2. Natural Humidifiers
The air in your home or office can become arid. Fountains act as natural humidifiers, adding moisture to a dry room. Although we don’t seem to have much of an issue with humidity in Queensland, adding a water wall fountain can increase the indoor moisture into your according to Indoor Fountain Pros. Moist air provides what is called evaporative cooling, helping to cool down the air and keep you comfortable. Increasing indoor humidity can also prevent several health issues, including skin irritations and illness.
Electronic humidifiers can be loud and have a buzzing or motor sound. Indoor fountains humidify the air while you enjoy the soothing melody of running water. An indoor water fountain can also help your precious indoor plants by maintaining that extra humidity needed to help them thrive.
3. Stress Relief & Relaxation
Believe it or not, water features have many health benefits, including the relief of stress, the promotion relaxation as well as naturally purifying the air. In such a busy, connected world, everyone has a little stress in their life and could use something to help them slow down and unwind. With its soothing sounds of flowing water, a water fountain will bring stress relief and relaxation to your environment. It can also help with mental focus and productivity in the workplace, and don’t get me started on the Feng Shui in this biz!
In feng shui, water can bring you wealth and prosperity. Its power is enhanced by its ability to change form—from liquid to solid to gas. It has freedom of movement or expression. Every living thing on earth relies on water for life. By activating the water element in your home or office, you can nourish chi energy, enhance your life journey, foster new beginnings, and promote abundance. – The Spruce
4. Provides a Pleasant Sound
You know that feeling of clear-headed calm that washes over you when you listen to the music of water babbling down a stream, waves crashing, or wind blowing through the trees? As obsessive home musicians and sound enthusiasts, we love a good scientific explanation for why sounds from nature have such a restorative effect on our psyche. According to a new study, they physically alter the connections in our brains, reducing our body’s natural fight-or-flight instinct.
- Feelings of wellbeing
- More alertness
- Decreased depression
- Increasing prosocial behaviour
- More mental energy
- Better sleep
It’s all about catching a break from the screen-fueled, fast-paced rhythm of our modern lives, Nichols writes in Blue Mind. A water feature is a way to bring that peaceful zen of a stream to your home or office without needing to go to one all the time.
5. Builds Community
Public water features become a hub of activity within a community. Whether that is a garden water fountain, kids splash park, art gallery or shopping centre, there is always a strong communal vibe surrounding these areas. These places become a beautiful gathering point for people to relax, enjoy each others company and most importantly have fun.