Indoor air quality can make a real difference to the comfort level of your home – especially if someone in your household suffers from allergies or respiratory problems such as asthma. While filters can get rid of dust and particulates, they can’t always help with pollutants, such as volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
Thanks to research undertaken by NASA and built upon by other bodies, we now know that certain houseplants can reduce indoor pollutants, including VOCs. Here are some of the top houseplants for sharing the air purification load:
- Aloe Vera. You may already have this lovely succulent plant in your home as a remedy for minor burns, cuts and skin problems, but did you know that the familiar aloe plant can also help cleanse your air of formaldehyde and benzene?
- Peace Lily. The graceful foliage and elegant flowers of the peace lily make it a solid favorite in many homes and greenhouses. The peace lily also placed at the top of NASA’s list for removing formaldehyde, benzene and trichloroethylene – the three most common VOCs.
- Spider Plant. With their variegated foliage and little white flowers, spider plants are classic houseplants. Pretty, decorative and easy to grow, a spider plant can help deal with the VOCs benzene, formaldehyde and xylene. Spider plants can also lower carbon monoxide levels.
- Mother-in-Law’s Tongue. Despite its forbidding name, this striking plant is your friend in the fight against pollution. Like the closely related snake plant, the mother-in-law’s tongue can markedly reduce levels of formaldehyde in the air.
- Golden Pothos. This plant’s green leaves are splashed with sunny golden tints. It’s guaranteed to brighten up even the gloomiest room, staying green even when grown in deep shade. Golden pothos is great for dealing with formaldehyde.
Geisel Heating, Air Conditioning and Plumbing has been in business since 1935, serving homes and enterprises in a 60-mile radius of Cleveland. If you have questions about air quality in your home or any other topic relating to ventilation, heating or cooling, contact us today to find out how we can help.
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