Although many homeowners turn to air cleaners, UV lights, and other such effective methods to purify their air, there’s one effective element that’s often forgotten: houseplants. Whether you have a green thumb or not, having a few plants in your home will improve your indoor air quality by fighting against certain chemicals in your air. Here are 10 houseplants that we recommend:
- Aloe — This plant is already popular thanks to its ability to assist with the healing of cuts and burns, but it also fights against formaldehyde and benzene found in cleaners and paint.
- Spider plant — If you have a tendency to kill plants, this resilient plant might be perfect. Plus, it fights against formaldehyde, benzene, carbon monoxide, and xylene (used in leather, rubber, and printing).
- Gerber daisy — This bright plant will help keep you safe from benzene and trichloroethylene (a result of dry cleaning).
- Peace lily — It’s hard to argue against a plant that tops NASA’s list for filtering out the dangerous trifecta of formaldehyde, benzene, and trichloroethylene.
- Mother-in-law’s tongue — Stick one in your bathroom where low light and humid conditions will help it thrive, and it will help filter out air pollutants.
- Chrysanthemum — In addition to its beautiful blooming flowers when placed in direct sunlight, this plant eliminates benzene.
- Azalea — This is another plant that battles against formaldehyde and as an added bonus, its flowers are very pretty.
- Bamboo palm — Homeowners who use this palm will often place them around furniture for the sake of decor, but they also do a great job at removing benzene and trichloroethylene from your home.
- Warneck dracaena — Even without direct sunlight, this plant won’t have any trouble growing and could reach as high as 12 feet, but the best thing about it is its ability to remove pollutants common found in varnishes and oils.
- English ivy — This plant is unusual as it’s been shown to reduce airborne mold and fecal-matter particles.
For more expert advice on other home comfort issues, contact Team Bob’s Heating Cooling Plumbing. We’ve been servicing Grand Traverse County and the surrounding area for over three decades.
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