Like so many other new and exciting innovations, Naava smart green walls raise a lot of questions. We listed the ten most frequently asked questions and their answers: What is Naava and how does it work?

1. WHAT ARE THE FUNCTIONS OF NAAVA BASED ON?

The idea is based on a space study conducted by NASA, where microbes and their purification efficiency were researched. Active air circulation and an inorganic growth medium are at the core of the innovation. The growth medium is ideal for the microbes dissolving impurities in the plants’ roots. In other words, we utilize the microbes of the plants in the same way as water is treated in wastewater treatment plants. Naava’s functions are monitored through a remote monitoring system with which we can optimize and naturalize indoor air regardless of the time of the year or the time of the day.

2. WHAT DOES REMOTE MONITORING MEAN?

All of the smart green wall’s actions are monitored and controlled remotely through a cloud service. By monitoring the functions of the green wall, we can keep track of its watering, for example, to ensure that the pots of the plants are damp enough, which is vital for the plants’ wellbeing. Artificial intelligence also predicts and adjusts its functions depending on the air humidity and outdoor air circumstances, in order to optimize indoor air to best suit our health. This is done by adjusting the watering schedule and fan efficiency.

3. WHY ARE NAAVA’S FUNCTIONS MONITORED?

Naava’s functions are monitored for the sake of the plants’, surroundings’ and people’s wellbeing. Remote monitoring helps us make sure that the plants are getting enough water, light, nutrients and air in order to survive. In addition to this, we make sure that the air Naava’s produce is as natural and pleasant as possible for the people using the space. A stable level of humidity can prevent symptoms and spreading of flu, for instance. Moreover, the surrounding space is measured to make sure that the humidity levels are just right for the space in question.

4. WHERE ARE NAAVAS MADE?

Naava smart green walls are handcrafted in Finland and the United States. The production materials are carefully selected to be as environmentally friendly as possible. All materials go through months of testing in extreme conditions.

5. WHAT PLANTS DO WE USE AND ARE THE PLANTS REAL?

The plants of Naava smart green walls are houseplants, such as Philodendron and Asplenium. Every one of the plants is carefully selected according to NASA’s list of most efficient air filtering plants. We have tested over 120 different plants species over the years and still work towards finding the best plants. Our air purification technology creates demanding living conditions to the plants, which means that only a few selected species pass the test to become Naava plants. Nature can be tricky but with the help of technology we aim to create stable and sage living conditions for our plants. With five years of experience, we have succeeded in optimizing the air purifying efficiency of the plants. Our current plants purify air over a hundred times more efficiently than conventional plants or green walls.

6. DO THE PLANTS CAUSE ALLERGIES?

It is important to us that everyone can enjoy the benefits of Naava, regardless of allergies or other symptoms, and that is why Naavas are designed to be allergen free. However, it is good to remember that the Naava plants are not meant to be eaten. The plants of the smart green wall do not bloom, so they do not produce pollen. Additionally, they do not grow in organic soil. Did you know that the spores of soil are often the reason behind symptoms of allergic reactions?

7. IF THE PLANTS DO NOT GROW IN ORGANIC SOIL, WHERE DO THEY GROW?

The plants grow in an inorganic growth medium, created right here at Naava. The growth medium is developed in a way that allows the plants and microbes to grow and activate to the best of their abilities, thus offering as much living space for the microbes as possible. This growth medium is the outcome of a number of research and tests conducted to find out the best growth mediums and their consistencies. It is an optimal growth medium for plants and air purification, and does not cause any symptoms to people.

8. WHY ARE THERE LIGHT FIXTURES ON NAAVA SMART GREEN WALLS?

With the help of scheduled lighting, the plants are guaranteed a normal circadian rhythm, any time of the year, even during darker months. The amount and brightness of the lighting is controlled to best suit the needs of the plants. This means that Naava can even be brought into a space with little to no natural light.

9. WHY DOES NAAVA HAVE FANS?

Naava smart green wall has fans at the top, ensuring enhanced air circulation to the microbes living in the roots of the plants, and blowing the purified air back to the surrounding space. This means that Naavas are biological air filters circulating air.

10. HOW OFTEN AND WHY ARE NAAVAS MAINTAINED?

Naava Service is responsible for the first-rate installation and maintenance of Naavas. During each maintenance visit, the team ensures Naavas stay healthy and that their air purification efficiency stays optimal throughout the year. This way Naavas look as fresh and beautiful even years from later. During the installation, Naava is registered to the remote monitoring system and prepared to work according to the AI. The first maintenance visit is about 20 days after installation, after which the service team visits Naava every 30-40 days, depending on how the green wall is doing. During winter, Naava is usually maintained more often, as the living conditions are more challenging. Customers have the option of choosing between regular service or premium service. With premium service, the water tanks are filled regularly. Some customers prefer to do this on their own, or to include it in their cleaning service contract. In these cases a regular service contract is enough.

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