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Houseplants have long been kept in homes to improve on the air quality of your interior and to even cool homes by acting as a heat sink. While plants of course release oxygen as a by-product and absorb carbon dioxide, this is only part of the benefit of having houseplants in your home. Some houseplants have special ways to purify the air and remove toxins from it. Here are some of the best plants to keep in your home to purify the air quality in your interior space.
Proper Environment for a Houseplant
Houseplants undergo fixed conditions and have unique considerations as well. A quality houseplant can thrive in limited amounts of natural light, can deal with changing levels of humidity when the seasons change, and are stable plants that don’t require a lot of maintenance. The best houseplants are not dangerous to ingest for pets and children and don’t require special soil conditions. Further, plants that can improve air quality are essential considerations for house plants.
Best Plants for Improving Air Quality
- Snake Plant: The Snake plant is an evergreen plant that has a long reputation for improving on your air quality. You will see this plant in restaurants and interior spaces all over the world as it is easy to take care of and thrives in artificial light, or even no light, for long periods of time. Snake plants are upright and neat looking and easy to maintain. The benefit of the snake plant is in its ability to absorb harmful toxins in the air like formaldehyde and improve on your air quality.
- Ficus Tree: The ficus tree is a type of fig that has been a popular houseplant for a long time. It can remove harmful toxins from the air and does not require a lot of work or maintenance to maintain. It does best away from direct sunlight and makes for a great interior houseplant as a result.
- Boston Ferns: All fern plants are great at removing toxins from the air but the Boston fern is well known for its neat and attractive appearance and for its ability to remove benzine, a harmful chemical that is in many home cleaners and detergents, from the air. Boston ferns are attractive plants as they are neat and earthy, and are easy to grown inside your home.
- Bamboo Palm: While the Bamboo palm is less hard than the aforementioned plants, it can be an effective plant for improving on your air quality. It can get rid of toxins and can grow in little light.
- Devil’s Ivy: Devil’s Ivy is another evergreen vine that has unique leaves and can be kept in hanging baskets. While devil’s ivy needs to have a certain amount of sunlight and is best kept near a window and also needs a lot of moisture, it is otherwise easy to care for. Devil’s Ivy can remove toxins from the air and clean the air.
Houseplants remove toxins from air and release oxygen into your home. They can also alert you to problems in the air. Keep the aforementioned houseplants to improve on your air quality and to live a healthier lifestyle. Be sure to keep a mixture of different plants to improve the quality and to allow you to feel better and get better sleep.