Poor air quality is common in many indoor spaces, including your home. Stagnant indoor environments allow pollutants to build up throughout your home. Poor air quality can cause headaches, dizziness, nausea, and eye, ear, or nose irritation.
Besides air purifiers, houseplants are a good way to help purify the air in your home.
How do houseplants clean the air? Plants absorb some of the particulates from the air at the same time that they take in carbon dioxide, which is then processed into oxygen through photosynthesis. But that’s not all—microorganisms associated with the plants are present in the potting soil, and these microbes are also responsible for much of the cleaning effect.
Beyond air quality, plants just make people feel better. For example, hospital patients with plants in their rooms were more positive and had lower blood pressure and stress levels . Some theories believe that plants can also make people more alert and reduce mental fatigue.
Below are some of the varieties that can help purify your home.
Boston Fern. This fern works well in removing formaldehyde, which is found in some glues, and wood products (cabinetry, furniture, etc). It is considered one of the most efficient air purifiers, but it can be difficult to maintain because of its need for constant moisture and humidity.
Golden Pothos. This fast growing plant is known to be quite hardy. Like many other vines, it tackles formaldehyde, but golden pathos also targets carbon monoxide and benzene.
Peace Lily. Peace Lily requires low water, and can also be harmful to pets. This year-round bloomer rids the air of the VOC benzene, a carcinogen found in paints, furniture wax and polishes. It sucks up acetone, which is emitted by electronics, adhesives, and certain cleaners.
English Ivy. This hearty vine can thrive in small spaces. It also grows well in rooms with few windows or little sunlight. Its dense foliage excels at absorbing formaldehyde, the most prevalent indoor pollutant.
Dracaena. There are many different varieties, but they all can grow quite tall. This plant can eliminate gases released by xylene, trichloroethylene, and formaldehyde.
Snake plant. Also known as mother-in-law’s tongue, the sharp-leafed plant thrives in low light. It is especially good at absorbing carbon dioxide. It also rids the air of formaldehyde and benzene.
In addition to the above mentioned plants, many varieties of Palms work well in purifying the air, as well as the Aloe Vera plant. As far as flowering plants go, Azaleas, Mums, and Gerbera Daisies are all great at removing formaldehyde.