What are the best houseplants to improve my indoor air quality?
We are all too familiar with outdoor air pollution. We see it billowing out of car exhausts. We see pollen floating through our air or stuck to every outdoor surface during the springtime. Did you know that our indoor air quality is considered to be much worse than the fresh exterior air that we breathe? The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) believes that indoor air pollution, which can include anything from dust, mold and pollen to dust mites, bacteria and viruses, is among the top five environmental health risks.
While there are a number of different solutions that Casteel Heating, Cooling, Plumbing and Electrical can provide for you, there is one main change that you can make in helping control your indoor air. Aside from adding filtration systems, UV Lights, or cleaning your ducts; the addition of air filtering houseplants can provide better air quality in your home.
Plants purify air, making them part of what NASA calls “nature's life support system.” NASA, through extensive research, created the first list of plants that effectively filter the air from certain contaminants. By just adding plants to a room, they will absorb a number of the air's particulates while taking in the carbon dioxide. It's a little process called photosynthesis and it works wonders on your air, mental health, stress levels and even blood pressure.
There are a number of indoor plants that can provide you with improved air quality. Below is a list of some of the most popular and easy to keep plants taken from NASA's extensive research:
- Spider Plant- This houseplant is one that is quite difficult to kill making it a great choice for those who don't feel that they have a green thumb. It does a good job of cleaning the air from benzene, formaldehyde, carbon monoxide and xylene, a solvent used in the leather, rubber and printing industries.
- Aloe Vera- This plant is a great choice for a sunny room or window. This plant serves a dual purpose as it not only cleanses the air but also can be used for medicinal purposes. The leaves are often used on the skin for sunburns.
- Peace Lily- This plant blooms beautiful flowers during most of the summer and may contribute a small amount of fragrance and pollen to your air, but they are relatively small and easy to take care of.
- Boston Fern- This plant is a little higher maintenance as it needs to have a little humidity and the soil should stay moist but it is quite effective in removing formaldehyde and xylene from the air.
- Snake Plant/Mother- In- Law's Tongue- This plant is very difficult to kill as it requires drier conditions and does not require full sun. Effective at removing benzene, formaldehyde, carbon monoxide and xylene.
Research suggests having one plant per 100 square feet of home. Starting with one plant in each room is a step in the right direction. For those gardeners who have black thumbs vs. green thumbs, a number of the plants on the list are easy to maintain and hard to kill. You can't go wrong with an end result of cleaner air and decreased stress levels.
Casteel Heating, Cooling, Plumbing and Electrical can't guarantee a change in your blood pressure or help you with your indoor gardening, but we can guarantee that we will take Amazing Care of you. As a Trane Titanium Dealer, we provide extensive knowledge to our team to include the best solutions in increasing your indoor air quality. While air filtering plants are a great start, we can offer you additional alternatives that will filter and even destroy particulates in the air.
Contact Casteel today at (770) 766-1657 or schedule online to cleaner air. Breathe easy with Casteel!