If you’re looking for ways to improve quality of air in your home, potted plants can be an efficient way to filter the air of various toxins and pollutants. Some houseplants have the ability to removevolatile organic compounds or VOCs from the air, including formaldehyde, xylene, benzene, acetone and ammonia. A growing body of research shows that all these chemicalscan causeserious health problems(you can find more information on sources of indoor air pollutants and their health effects here: http://airis.life/how-the-air-you-breathe-affects-your-health/).When plants are added to rooms, they also can help to keep a healthy level of humidity and decrease particulate matter accumulation.
Here’s our listof 10 houseplants for purifying the air in your home:
1. Snake plant (Sansevieria)
The snake plant, also known as mother-in-law’s tongue, is really easy to grow, as they can handle low light conditions and very little water. It’s a good ideato keep one of these plants in your bedroom, as they are one of only a few plants that are absorbing carbon monoxide and releasing oxygen during the night. Also you can put one in your bathroom – it will help to controlthe humidity. The snake plant is among thetop air purifying plants for removing benzene, formaldehyde and other harmful toxins.
2. Spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum)
The spider plant is very popular and easy to look after. It can remove harmful indoor air pollutantslike carbon monoxide, xylene, benzene, formaldehyde and bad odoursfrom the air. This plant prefers bright indirect sunlight, dry soil, and like cool to average temperatures.
3. Areca palm (Dypsis lutescens)
The top air purifying plant as ranked by NASA’s research is the Areca palm or Butterfly palm. It removes formaldehyde, benzene, carbon monoxide, and is known to act as one of the best natural humidifiers. Not only Areca palm, but other palm trees like Bamboo palm, Lady palm, Parlor palm and Dwarf Date palm are also good at removing indoor air pollutants and are relatively easy to care for.
4. Money plant (Epipremnum aureum)
The Devil’s Ivy or Money plantis very easy to grow and is highly resistant to insect infections, over-watering and tolerates a lot of neglect.This common indoor plant is one of the best plants to purify air polluted with synthetic chemicals from furniture and cleaning solutions.
5. Umbrella plant(Schefflera)
This plantis able to make air in your house cleaner even if there are smokers in the family.The Umbrella plant or Schefflerais one of the most well-known indoor plantsfor filtering out tobacco smoke andabsorbing harmful substances that it provides.
6. English Ivy (Hedera helix)
This plant is a great choice for low lighting conditions. Ivy is good at absorbing carbon monoxide, benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene. It also helps to lessen airborne allergens, like mold.
Red-edged dracaenaand Warneck dracaena are both efficient at removing formaldehyde from the air in your home, as well as other VOCs, including benzene, trichloroethylene and xylene.
There are about 250 varieties of aloe you can choose from. They are easy-to-grow plants known because of their healing abilities.But not many know that aloe also filters out byproducts of chemical-based cleaners and paints.
9. Peace Lily(Spathiphyllum)
As one of the most effective indoor air purifier, the Peace Lily can benefit your house in three ways. First, it can get rid of gases exhaled by humans, such as ammonia and acetone; second, it will clean your air from benzene, trichlorethylene, and formaldehyde; and third, Peace Lilies will boost humidity in your home.
10. Rubber plant(Ficus elastica)
The Rubber plants excel at removing toxins from the air, requiring less light than many other plants and outperforming all other ficuses. Large leaves of this plant remove a large amount of exhaled carbon dioxide, eliminate bacteria and mold spores in the air.
Every single one of the houseplants listed above is a great tool for improving indoor air quality that at the same time can improve human health. In addition, all of them are easy to care for and looking pretty good. Just remember that several of this plants are known to be toxic. If you are a pet owner or you have small children, please check the toxicity of plants before introducing them to your home.
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