Houseplants That Can Improve Indoor Air Quality

by Editor on August 2, 2013


There aren’t too many people who don’t enjoy the beauty that plants can bring to a home. Yet, did you know that there are actually a lot of health benefits that houseplants provide too? There are many reports which indicate that plants help to put moisture into the air, they absorb the carbon dioxide that is in the atmosphere and it has been proven that they also help to speed the recovery of patients who have recently undergone surgical procedures (which may be why so many people bring plants to hospitals).

So, if you’re looking for a way to bring a bit more warmth to your house while also improving the air quality at the same time, then getting a few houseplants is the ideal move for you. If you’re curious to know about which ones are the best for your home, we’ve provided you with a list of five below:

Aloe Vera. Although Aloe Vera tends to look a bit like a cactus, the amount of benefits that come with having one in your home are endless. Not only does it help to clear toxins like formaldehyde and benzene from the air, but you can also use it to heal burns, plus you can use the juice to aid in digestion and help detoxify the body.

Spider plant. If you’re someone who happens to be looking for the kind of plant that’s extremely low-maintenance, the Spider plant is right up your alley. Although its long green leaves and little white flowers are beautiful to look at, they are always at work, making sure that carbon monoxide and xylene are being kept out of the air.

Gerber daisy. Would you prefer to have a bit of color in your home? If so, how about getting couple of Gerber daisies? This particular flowering plant brings a lot of joy into any room. Plus, if you happen to do a lot of dry cleaning, it actually helps to prevent the chemical trichloroethylene from overtaking your home. For this reason, it’s recommended that you put at least one of them in your wash room; just make sure that it has access to plenty of light.

Weeping fig. A particular plant that is attractive to look at and is also a wonderful houseplant is the weeping fig. That’s because they are great when it comes to helping to remove pollutants such as formaldehyde and trichloroethylene. Just keep in mind that they tend to need a bit more loving care than other plants, which means you need to have a bit of a natural green thumb in order to be sure that they receive just the right balance of sun and water.

English ivy. Overtime, something that usually happens with air conditioning units is that the ducts tend to get clogged up. If you’re looking to¬†save money with duct cleaning, something that you might want to consider purchasing is an English ivy. That’s because in a few studies, it has been revealed that this particular plant actually helps to reduce airborne fecal-matter particles within the air. And any plant that does that is definitely one worth having around.


photo by: F. D. Richards

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