The 5 Best Houseplants For Your Home’s Indoor Air Quality
Poor air quality can cause chronic headaches, itchy skin and a myriad of breathing problems, so it’s important to protect your family’s health by taking steps to improve your home’s indoor air quality. That can mean changing your air filters more frequently or installing a humidifier or UV air purifier. It can also mean adding houseplants to your home decor.
Now, we all know that houseplants add color and coziness to a room, but did you know they can improve your air quality as well? All plants convert CO2 into oxygen, thereby freshening the air, but some plants really go above and beyond to remove toxins and literally clean your home’s air.
1. Peace Lily
One of the few clean-air plants that flowers, peace lilies remove a lot of toxins from your home’s air, including formaldehyde, benzene, ammonia, trichloroethylene and xylene. Peace lilies are really easy to care for, and will produce flowers year-round as long as they’re getting enough water and light. They are toxic if ingested, so keep them out of reach of your pets and small children.
2. Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera is one of the most popular indoor plants due to the healing capabilities of the gel inside the leaves. It’s known to help heal cuts and burns and it’s easy to grow and even harder to kill, but most are unaware of its ability to improve your home’s indoor air quality. In addition to its healing properties, aloe vera also removes benzene from the air which is commonly found in many paints and chemical cleaners.
3. English Ivy
Another plant that’s relatively easy to care for, English ivy is a climbing vine that stays green all year and looks great in hanging planters. Not only is English ivy beautiful, it’s useful for removing formaldehyde and carbon monoxide from your home’s air. This is another plant that’s toxic when eaten, though, which is another great reason to have it as a hanging plant.
4. Bamboo Palm
Bamboo palms grow sturdy and tall, adding height to any room they’re in. They are not toxic to animals, which is good because with heights up to 7 feet, it would be hard to keep a bamboo palm on a shelf! These plants require a little more care, but in return for their care they remove formaldehyde, xylene, benzene, carbon monoxide and chloroform from the air. Plus—a bonus in our desert climate—they act as living humidifiers, expelling moisture as they clean the air.
5. Spider Plant
To give you an idea of how great spider plants are for your indoor air quality, they’re also known as air plants! They are totally non-toxic and total champions at removing formaldehyde and xylene from the air. Spider plants are quite a thirsty plant, needing to be watered every two to three days, however, they show their thanks by reproducing quickly and adding more air cleaning power to your home.
Ready To Go To The Nursery?
Every home should have at least a few clean-air plants. In fact, experts say you should have 2-3 clean-air plants for every 100 square feet of living space, especially in your most used rooms. If you have any questions about clean-air plants or the various indoor air quality solutions Hyde’s provides, just give us a call. We’re always happy to help. (760) 360-2202