You may not realize it, but certain plants can help to improve the air quality in your home. They can remove harmful toxins from the air, acting as an air purifier or filtration system. However, not every plant can improve the air quality in your home. If you are looking to improve the air inside your home, here is some information about four plants that can help you with this task.
The Peace Lily plant is one of the best plants to remove airborne Volatile Organic Compounds, such as formaldehyde, trichloroethylene and benzene. Another benefit to this plant is that it is extremely easy to care for and it does not need a lot of attention. Even those without a green thumb will have success keeping up with this plant. Put this plant in a dark or shaded corner of your home, water it weekly and allow it to filter out your air. It is important to note that this plant is mildly toxic to humans and pets, so keep it away from toddlers, cats and dogs.
The Lady Palm is one of the best plants to remove formaldehyde, ammonia, xylene and toluene from the air. This plant is fairly easy to take care of. It does require a lot of water, but there is not much pruning to do with this plant. It is important to note that this plant can get fairly big, reaching heights in excess of six feet, so make sure you have room for it. This plant also thrives in outdoor environments, so if it outgrows your indoor space, you may want to transfer it outside.
English Ivy has been shown to remove benzene, formaldehyde, xylene, toluene and even mold spores from your home. This plant is commonly seen outdoors. You have likely seen English ivy climbing up a wall or as a ground cover. However, this plant can also be kept indoors. This plant does grow quickly, so you may have to trim it back often to keep it from taking over your space.
Bamboo palm has been shown to remove formaldehyde, benzene and trichloroethylene from the air. This type of house plant prefers cool, moist environments. It does not need much sunlight and needs to be watered frequently. A bamboo palm typically lives outside but can be a houseplant as well. When moving a bamboo palm from the outdoors to the indoors, it may lose its fronds or look like it is dying. However, this is how it acclimates, so don’t give up on the plant.
Adding these plants to your home can help to improve the air quality in your home, which can help you to stay healthier and feel more relaxed and comfortable in your home. If your home is not functional or working for you, you may be thinking about doing more than purifying the air. At Hannah Custom Homes & Remodeling, we can help you to remodel your existing home or build your dream home from scratch. Visit our website to learn more about the services that we offer.