Houseplants are the new air purifiers.
Ok, so that’s not so new. It has actually been over 20 years since NASA’s study on indoor air pollutants and house plants. However, the information hasn’t changed much. We know that chemicals and contaminants are used in most building materials as well as furniture and cleaning products. Fortunately, there is a “green” solution to help combat these pollutants. You may not realize it, but you may already have it in your home. Its plants! That’s right, houseplants can help purify indoor air. With several floral options to choose from, you can breathe easier.
The Silent Killers
The most prominent of harmful chemicals that have been found in many household materials and products is Formaldehyde. Formaldehyde is is also known as methanal. It is a volatile compound that can irritate the nose, throat and mouth. It can often be detected by it’s pungent odor and is typically found most furniture and in your paper products. Other harmful pollutants that have been commonly found in homes are Benzene and Xylene which will cause headaches, mouth and throat irritation, and can cause issues in the stomach, heart, and other organs. The most familiar of the bunch is Ammonia-which has been used as a household cleaner for decades.
The Green Solutions
There is a plethora of indoor plants you could choose from, but the key is to get the plants that will actually combat those harmful chemicals and air pollutants. One of the most effective house plants is the Peace Lily which has been suggested by several sources to combat all of the aforementioned pollutants. Below is a short list of other indoor plants that can help purify the air in your home.
- The Peace Lily- Grown in low-light and will bloom indoors, combats most indoor air pollutants and naturally humidifies the air.
- English Ivy- Usually grown outdoors in partial shade, but can be brought inside to fight off formaldehyde.
- Palm Trees- Specifically the Dwarf Date Palm which prefers mild to cooler temperatures and removes formaldehyde in the air.
- Florist’s Chrysanthemum- Typically grows in sunny spots and needs to be replaced annually to combat most indoor chemical pollutants.
There are many other indoor plants that can help to purify the air in your home, but if you wish to find ways to increase your air purification in your HVAC system, call Newmiller today.