Having good air quality in your home is incredibly important for your health. Problems can develop from air pollutants when there is inadequate ventilation in your house. Pollutants could be anything from asbestos to damp carpets. An excellent way to improve your air quality – and be Eco friendly – is to add houseplants to your home. Plants, of course, produce oxygen, which is a welcome addition to your indoor air, but some even filter air
and absorb other chemicals. Before you buy air purifiers or invest in expensive odor neutralizers, here are four of the best houseplants to give you better air quality.
The peace lily is a common indoor plant, because it requires very little sunlight and only needs to be watered once a week. Find a north-facing window for your lily, and it should thrive. These plants are often given as gifts, so you may not even need to purchase one to start getting cleaner indoor air. These pretty lilies treat air contaminated by Formaldehyde, Benzene, and Trichloroethylene.
Gerber Daisies are one of the most recognizable and identifiable flowers. With their bright and happy colors, it is not hard to assume they do great things for you and your home. Gerber’s filter Benzene and Trichloroethylene from your air, leaving you with healthier air to breathe.
Like the Peace Lily, the Ficus is a very common plant to receive as a gift. Ficuses are a good plant for active people or offices; they only need to be watered once their soil is completely dry and they don’t require full sunlight. The Ficus is especially great at filtering Formaldehyde from the air, but also catches a few other toxins.
Mums are slightly more difficult to grow indoors than the other three plants mentioned, but they have amazing properties that make the effort well worth it. Chrysanthemums are great at neutralizing air odors, so you can stop using plug-in or spray fresheners that just add more chemicals. The flowers also filter Formaldehyde, Benzene, and Trichloroethylene.
Also known as Mother-in-law’s Tongue, the snake plant is the perfect office plant. These plants thrive even on little water and even in low light, so you can tuck it into a fluorescent-lit cubicle or a dark corner of your home. A NASA study on these plants found they cut indoor benzene levels in half and slightly reduced Trichloroethylene. Despite its amazing properties, if you have pets, the snake plant may need to stay solely at the office; it is very poisonous if ingested.