Are you worried about air quality in your home? From common allergens that can get tracked in during summer to VOCs (volatile organic compounds) that can be released from paints or new furniture, the air inside homes is subject to a lot of annoying particles. One of the best natural methods of dealing with it is growing more green, leafy plants around your house. Here are some of our favorites!
These lilies have been confirmed to be excellent for air purification from studies including those by NASA exploring ways to purify air in space! Plus, once the plant has matured, it is very easy to care for and beautiful enough to be a centerpiece. Just remember, lilies like this can be very toxic, so you will need to keep them away from your pets.
This beautiful, leafy plant is immediately distinguished by its broad, jutting leaves with striking patterns. You may also catch it a lot in lobbies and offices since it’s one of the easiest plants to take care of. Fortunately, it’s also good at processing carbon dioxide from the air, making it an easy suggestion.
Spider Plant/Spider Fern
These beautiful plants enjoy sunny spots and are nontoxic, so they are largely safe to have around pets (although some may enjoy chewing the leaves a little too much). While effective at cleaning the air, these plants also tend to shoot out plenty of tendrils and may need seasonal pruning to keep them in check.
Another looker, these plants are popular houseplants when you want to show off a little, and they work hard to purify the air, too. They grow quickly, especially in the right conditions, and can quickly get a bushy look (but may need extra pruning). This is another poisonous plant and not a great pick if your pets like chewing on things.
Bamboo palms are not only great at filtering the area, but they can also grow quite large, making them an excellent option for a floor-based plant in a sunroom, den, or living room area. Just make sure they get a lot of sun!
Scarlet Star Bromeliad
Not only does the Scarlet Star have beautiful red flowers, but studies have found that it excels at removing VOCs from the air around it. However, it prefers very humid environments. We suggest you keep them in the bathroom, as they may not do well in other areas of the home.
That’s right; traditional English Ivy is another great pick for keeping the air clean inside your house! This is an excellent pick if you love hanging pots and trailing leaves, although you may need to find just the right interior spot for them.
If you are looking for a splash of color in your house that also helps remove VOCs and other particles, this gorgeous daisy will be the perfect pick. They do need a little more care than some of our other picks, so make sure they have lots of sun and don’t overwater!
For more information on indoor air quality and potential add-ons or changes to tackle allergies, VOCs, and other problems, contact Guaranteed Heating & Cooling today!