Do Plants Help Indoor Air Quality

February 10, 2020

If you’re making an effort to improve the air quality in your home, one of the healthiest and most holistic ways to make your indoor air better is by growing indoor houseplants.

Be sure to choose nontoxic plants that provide air purifying properties such as absorbing chemicals, free radicals and other microscopic irritants and contaminants that pollute the air. For people who are sensitive to these toxins, life is a lot more enjoyable once removed from the environment. Further, nontoxic plants will help you to protect dogs or cats that live in your home with you.

Popular Plants for Air Purification

Luckily, even if you don’t have a proverbial green thumb, many plants that help to purify the air are easy to care for. Make sure to water them and give them enough sunlight and an occasional feeding to ensure they grow.

Some of the most popular air purifying plants include:

  • English ivy
  • Spider plants
  • Aloe vera
  • Devil’s ivy
  • Azaleas
  • Air plants
  • Peace lily

Houseplants Remove Volatile Organic Compounds

All of these plant varieties help to absorb volatile organic compounds, or VOCs. VOCs are common in a range of household products.

Items that contain toluene, formaldehyde, ammonia, benzene and xylene can be dangerous to your health. Symptoms of exposure to these compounds include headaches, allergies, dizziness, eye, nose and throat irritation, wheezing, sneezing and coughing.

Houseplants that absorb these VCOs keep them from entering your respiratory system. The fewer of these compounds you consume or breathe in, the better. By having air-purifying plants, you can take action to improve every room in your home. As you can imagine, this is especially helpful for people who are sensitive to these contaminants.

Get Help to Improve Indoor Air Quality

If you live in Boling-Iago, Texas, and need help with your HVAC system, contact Hunter's Air & Heat, Inc. today. We offer new HVAC installation, heating services, air conditioning services, attic insulation and precision HVAC tune-ups.

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