Houseplants not only brighten up a room, but they can fight off potentially dangerous indoor air pollutants too. And considering the Environmental Protection Agency has found the air in the average home to be more than twice as polluted as the air outdoors, we need all the air-purifying help we can get.
Fortunately, studies have shown that the addition of certain houseplants can drastically improve the indoor air quality (IAQ) inside your home. Learn five plants that can boost your home’s IAQ below.
1. Spider Plant
Spider plants, also known as Chlorophytum comosum, might just be the perfect plant. Not only do these plants fight off dangerous indoor air pollutants like formaldehyde, chloroform, carbon monoxide, benzene and xylene, but they’re nearly impossible to kill.
2. Snake Plant
Snake plants are one of the most common houseplants, and for good reasons. These plants are one of the most effective at reducing indoor air pollutants and can reduce the presence of formaldehyde, benzene, trichloroethylene, xylene and toluene from the air. Even better, snake plants constantly release oxygen, ensuring fresh air.3
3. Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera may be not look like a friendly plant thanks to its spiky outward appearance, but these little green plants are helpful in more ways than one. Commonly reserved for burn relief, Aloe Vera is also a power air purifier. The plant can remove carbon monoxide and benzene while also producing fresh air.
4. English Ivy
Ivy isn’t just for an outdoor trellis—the plant also looks great indoors whether in a basket or another area of the home. Even better, this plant is easy to grow and hard to kill since they thrive in lower lit areas. English ivy is great for removing carbon monoxide, mold and other allergens from inside.
5. Gerbera Daisy
Gerbera daisies are vibrant and can filter out trichloroethylene and benzene from the air. All they need is plenty of light!
Protect Your Home’s Air with Weather Engineers
At Weather Engineers, we want your home to be safe. That’s why we provide a variety of products and services that boost your home’s IAQ. Want to learn more ways to improve the indoor air quality in your home? Give us a call today or schedule an appointment online.
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