Indoor air quality matters just as much as outdoor quality, especially for those with allergies

Aloe Vera / Want the Air Inside Your House to Be Cleaner? Here Are the Fifteen Best Plants to Buy
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April 06, 2017

The public health impact of outdoor air pollution is well known, but the impact of poor air quality indoors has largely been overlooked. The reality is that air quality matters just as much as indoors as it does outdoors, especially for people with allergies.

Compounds often found in the air such as mold, dust, and pet dander can make allergy symptoms and respiratory problems worse. In addition, volatile organic compounds like benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene have been linked to many health problems, including cancer and neurological issues. These compounds occur in nature to a certain extent, but they are made much worse from industrial uses, which make them all too common indoors.

Scientists say that all plants filter the air to a certain extent, but some species of plant have been found to be better than others at filtering out harmful compounds. What are these plant species?

Check them out below!

  • Aloe Vera
  • Bamboo Palm
  • Chinese Evergreen
  • Elephant Ear
  • Red-Edged Dracaena
  • Peace Lily
  • Gerberas
  • English Ivy
  • Golden Pothos
  • Heart-Leaf Philodendron
  • Janet Craig Dracaena
  • Mass Cane
  • Mother-in-Law's Tongue
  • Spider Plant
  • Warneckei

Note that some of these plants are toxic to animals, so research each before you buy one if you have pets.

References: The Weather Channel: "15 Best Plants for Cleaner Indoor Air"