Improve the Air Quality of Your Home with Plants

Posted by on Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014 at 9:01pm.

Plants make a beautiful addition to any home no matter how it is decorated or what colour themes are used from one room to the next. They bring a touch of nature into the home and at the same time can improve the indoor air quality. While we are all busy trying to save energy by making sure that there is no way for air to leak into the building, we are forced to breathe in potential pollutants from the building materials in the home.

There's a solution, however, to this common problem. There are different types of plants that can remove some of the toxic chemicals from the home and can reduce the levels of carbon dioxide.

If you're thinking of adding more green to your home, here are some of the most beneficial types of plants that will help to clean up the stale air inside:

  • Chrysanthemum
  • Peace lily
  • Weeping fig
  • Spider plant
  • English ivy
  • Heartleaf philodendron
  • Snake plant
  • Reed or bamboo palm
  • Gerbera daisy
  • Golden pothos
  • Warneck dracaena
  • Red-edged dracaena
  • Chinese evergreen
  • Selloum philodendron

According to a study that was done by the Associated Landscape Contractors of America and NASA in 1989, these plants were found to remove toxic chemicals from the air such as benzene, trichloroethylene and formaldehyde. The study was originally done to help with the air quality during space travel but the findings can be used here on earth to keep the air in your home fresh and clean.

Plants add a lot to any home. If you are trying to sell your home plants can add to the overall atmosphere of the space. You can never go wrong by adding a plant to your place as long as you take good care of it and keep it trimmed and neat.  

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