Houseplants Can Offer Major Benefits to Your Home’s Air Quality

Houseplants Can Offer Major Benefits to Your Home's Air QualityWith all the pollutants we’re exposed to on a daily basis, our homes are the one place where we have some control over the air quality. When indoor air quality (IAQ) is high, both your health and comfort improve. Springtime is ideal for taking control of the stale air that has accumulated over the winter. Among the easiest ways to do this is with houseplants. Let’s take a look at the top choices that can benefit you and your home:

  • Peace lily. This is an all-around purifier, eliminating formaldehyde, benzene and trichloroethylene from the air. The ease with which you can care for this houseplant could very well make it your favorite. Give the peace lily a shady spot and a drink of water once a week, and it will work to improve IAQ.
  • Heart leaf philodendron. This climbing vine is lovely and easy to grow, but can be toxic if eaten so it’s best not to have it around pets and children, who may find houseplants too appealing. This plant is good at ridding your home of formaldehyde.
  • Bamboo. Besides its reputation for bringing good luck, bamboo is a great plant for general air purification. It looks great and can be grown with very little light.
  • Chinese evergreen. This houseplant will produce bright red berries among its dual-colored leaves, making it both a beautiful and functional air cleaner. Yet another advantage is the fact that it increases in air-cleaning efficiency over time rather than becoming overburdened with the task.
  • Warneck dracaena. Having several of these houseplants at once may make you feel that you’re in a forest, as they can grow to an impressive 12 feet in height. They are excellent at ridding homes of paint and varnish toxins.

Please contact NisAir Air Conditioning and Heating more ways to improve your home’s air quality. With more than 40 years experience serving South Florida, we know how to maximize home comfort and energy savings.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Martin, Palm Beach, St. Lucie and Indian River Counties in Florida about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).  For more information about houseplants and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.

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