Are you living in an energy-efficient, modern building? Then it can have unintended side effects. A major side effect is less airflow. Lack of airflow can cause health problems like asthma or sick building syndrome. They can even build up indoor air pollution. To detoxify the air in your living spaces, choose the right air purifying plants for your home.
Plants are essential for human life. They convert carbon dioxide into fresh oxygen through photosynthesis and remove toxins from the air we breathe. Plants in your home will add color and beauty to your living space. Here are some air-purifying plants to have in your home to release oxygen and purify the air.
#1 Spider plant
The spider plant is the easiest indoor plant to maintain. By absorbing carbon monoxide, formaldehyde and xylene, they produce oxygen thus purifying the air. They grow quickly and look beautiful in hanging baskets. Spider plants are great choices for beginners and also for forgetful owners. On research, it is found that spider plants remove 95% of formaldehyde from a sealed chamber in 24 hours. It is a non-toxic plant and doesn’t harm kids and pets.
#2 Golden Pothos
Pothos plants help to eliminate odors and serve to purify the air of formaldehyde, benzene and carbon monoxide. They flourish in low light and are the easiest to grow in indoor areas. Pothos plants remove the toxins around them. They thrive in a variety of conditions and can grow up to 8 feet long. You can cut off the tendrils when the plant gets too big. Pour water when the soil is dry.
#3 Snake Plant
The snake plant or Mother-in-law’s tongue will grow up to two meters in height. You can water the plants occasionally since they prefer drier conditions. Snake plants have a long life and don’t need much care. The snake plant has the ability to absorb excessive amounts of carbon monoxide. Thus it cleans the air better than most other indoor plants. Their yellow-tipped succulent releases oxygen at night, helping you to breathe better while sleeping.
#4 Aloe Vera
Aloe vera plants grow in dry conditions. These plants are easy to care for. No need to water the plant regularly. The leaves of this plant contain clear liquid that has wound healing, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. It also removes formaldehyde from the air. They have a nature to calm the kitchen burns, this succulent will be purifying the air of formaldehyde and benzene found in varnishes, floor finishes, and detergents.
#5 Bamboo Palms
Bamboo palms are popular in removing formaldehyde, benzene, carbon monoxide, xylene and chloroform from the air. They keep the area moist due to its good transpiration capacity. Bamboo palms should not be placed in direct sunlight. They need monthly fertilizing and regular misting. Bamboo palms need more care since they may grow up to 4 to 12 feet.
#6Chinese evergreen plant
Chinese evergreen plants have an ability to filter indoor air pollutants, benzene, formaldehyde, and toxins thus improving the air quality of your indoor spaces. These plant grows in medium and low sunlight and lives for up to 10 years. If you have young kids and pets at home, take care of them since these plants are toxic when ingested. Chinese evergreen plants need water moderately and allow the compost to almost dry out before watering.
Though indoor plants increase your indoor air quality, they aren’t a replacement for adequate ventilation and healthy indoors. Home construction that has proper air inflows and outflows implemented and installing energy-efficient appliances can be a long term solution to preserve indoor air quality and healthy life.