Check Out These Plants Instead of Expensive Equipment if You Want Better Indoor Air Quality
Indoor air quality is important, but sometimes it's even more important than outdoor quality for those with allergies or sensitivities
It's a fact that indoor air quality can very quickly go from good to poor, especially during those times of the year when doors and windows are closed around the clock. Unfortunately, many of us overlook the importance of indoor air quality and its effects on our health and our allergies. Rather than rush out to buy expensive air purifiers, consider some plants that work as natural air purifiers.
Types of indoor air contaminants
Even if you think the air in your home is clean, it probably isn't. Compounds in the air make allergy symptoms and respiratory problems worse. These compounds can be the ones most familiar to us, like mold, dust and pet dander. But it can also include volatile organic compounds, such as benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene, which have been linked to cancer and neurological issues. These compounds exist naturally to some extent, but they can seep out from the various products we all have in our homes from carpet and hardwood floors to furniture and paint.
Plants can help filter contaminants
Scientists agree that all plants filter the air to some extent, but some plants do a much better job than others, especially at filtering out harmful chemicals that are stored in the leaves and soil. Many plants can even do a much better job than indoor air purifiers, making them a cheaper and more attractive option if you are concerned about air quality. Plants even help to regulate humidity levels, which can be very helpful at preventing illness in the winter months.
Best Plants for indoor air quality
These plants are considered the better choices to help filter harmful contaminants from the air. Keep in mind that some of these plants may be poisonous, so do a little research beforehand if you have a curious pet.
- Aloe Vera
- Bamboo Palm
- Chinese Evergreen
- Elephant Ear
- Red-Edged Dracaena
- Peace Lily
- English Ivy
- Golden Pothos
- Heart-Leaf Philodendron
- Janet Craig Dracaena
- Mass Cane
- Mother-in-Law's Tongue
- Spider Plant