What are the best plants for indoor air quality?

January 21, 2021

According to the EPA, some pollutants can be between two and five times as concentrated inside your home as they are outside of your home. Since we all spend a considerable amount of time living and sleeping in our homes, this sounds a bit scary. Taking steps to improve your home’s indoor air quality can help you breathe better and reduce the risk of various health concerns, including asthma and allergies.

One way you can improve your home’s air quality is by purchasing some indoor houseplants. Some houseplants are actually able to filter out toxins and leave your home’s air cleaner to help everyone breathe more easily.

Boston Fern

One plant you can consider adding to your space to improve your indoor air quality is a Boston fern. These plants can help remove toxic pollutants including benzene, formaldehyde, toluene and xylene. Boston ferns do best in humid environments, making them a good addition to a bathroom. They don’t need much light to grow, which is another reason they can do very well in bathrooms.

Peace Lily

Peace lilies are another excellent houseplant if you want to purify your home’s air. Peace lilies break down toxic gases like formaldehyde, carbon monoxide and benzene. These harmful substances are then neutralized, which results in cleaner air for your home. Be aware, however, that peace lilies are toxic to animals; you may want to avoid this plant if you have pets. Peace lilies shouldn’t get too much sunlight. They will grow best when placed in a space that receives indirect sunlight.

Aloe Vera

Aloe vera is very effective at removing formaldehyde and benzene from the air. It was one of the plants identified by NASA in the 1980s as a good option for purifying the air and removing VOCs. Additionally, aloe vera can also help remove carbon dioxide from your air. Overnight, this plant takes in carbon dioxide and replaces it with oxygen. If you are looking for a plant that is easy to care for, aloe vera is a good choice. As a succulent, it doesn’t require extensive care. Just try to put your aloe vera plant near a window where it can get four or more hours of direct sunlight each day. You can let the soil dry almost completely before watering it again.

Spider Plant

Spider plants are popular with many people because they are so easy to keep alive. Even when they don’t get consistent water or sunlight, spider plants can be very resilient and continue growing. They filter out formaldehyde and xylene from your home’s air and are a non-toxic option perfect for homes with young children or pets. For best results, keep your spider plant’s soil moist and place it in an area of your home where it can receive indirect sunlight.

Scarlet Star

In addition to bringing some color to your space, scarlet stars are especially efficient at removing volatile organic compounds (VOCs) such as benzene, formaldehyde, toluene, xylene and methylene chloride from your home’s air. According to a study released by the State University of New York Oswego, in just 12 hours this plant was able to remove 80% of VOCs from the air. Scarlet Stars do best in humid spaces, so they are another good option to consider for bathrooms. If possible, try to find a space where they’ll also receive some indirect sunlight, and water them once their soil becomes dry again.

Bamboo Palm

One benefit you’ll enjoy if you choose to add bamboo palms to your air is increased moisture levels during the cold and dry months. These plants increase humidity levels by adding moisture to the air, which can help improve dry skin, congestions or dry eyes caused by low humidity levels. Additionally, bamboo palms can filter out trichloroethylene, benzene and formaldehyde from your home’s air. They are non-toxic to animals and are easy to care for. Simply place them somewhere they’ll get moderate sunlight and check to make sure their soil stays moist.

Hunter's Air & Heat, Inc. services Boling-Iago, TX, and the surrounding areas. We would love to work with you to identify other ways we can further improve your home’s indoor air quality. Whether you are in need of something as simple as an HVAC tune-up to help your system work more efficiently or are ready for a whole new HVAC system or whole-home air purifier, we are happy to work with you to address your needs. We offer heating, cooling, indoor air quality and attic insulation services.

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