Plants to Improve Air Quality

Did you know that studies show that having plants inside of your home can boost your mood, productivity, concentration, and creativity, reduce stress, and much more! One of the most important benefits, however, is the improvement of air quality.

Our modern day homes are rife with pollutants that can cause a host of health problems. Chemicals from furniture, floor coverings, paints, detergents, air fresheners, and household cleaners can hover inside poorly ventilated homes, as well as those with good airflow. Fortunately, there are many houseplants that will filter these chemicals and clean air naturally, as well as brighten up your living space.

Below we have compiled a list of some of the best houseplants that are shown to improve the air quality in your home.

1. English Ivy

This charming evergreen vine grows happily in low or indirect light conditions. The leaves are poisonous, so keep them away from pets and kids. Fortunately, English Ivy enjoys containers and hanging baskets and brightens up shelves and dark corners beautifully. Studies have shown that English Ivy is effective at removing benzene, carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene. Other allergens such as mold and airborne fecal matter that would negatively impact air quality in your home. Hang one near your pet’s letterbox, or in the bathroom.

2. Golden Pothos

Pothos are excellent for filtering out formaldehyde and stays green, even if kept in the dark, which makes it ideal for basements and garages.  A proficient grower, Pothos is great in containers and hanging pots where its trailing vines can tumble over the pot’s edge. In addition to the improved air quality this plant also provides a pleasing aesthetic.

3. Bamboo Palm for Air Quality

This sturdy palm can grow tall, between 3 to 6 feet, and is an elegant plant in any room. It’s effective at removing the formaldehyde often use in furniture, so arrange it next to chairs, couches, and end tables, in indirect light. During dryer winter months, the bamboo palm can also add a bit of welcome moisture to the air.

4. Ficus

Ficus is a tropical-looking evergreen with twisting roots and bright green, shiny leaves. It’s effective at removing pollutants from furniture and carpets, though it can be a bit temperamental to grow. Keep the leaves clear of dust and water moderately to have a positive improvement in air quality.

5. Dracaena used for Better Air Quality

The sword-shaped leaves of the Dracena plant can come in a variety of colors and variations. These leaves can easily reach ceiling height when cared for properly. This plant is best for ridding the air of chemicals found in lacquers, varnishes, and gasoline.  Also known as a Corn Plant, the Dracena is a dramatic, but fairly easy plant to maintain.

The recommended rule of thumb is one potted houseplant every 100 square feet, but you really can’t have too many houseplants for good air quality. Here’s a list of even more air-cleaning plants. Display plants in groups to maximize their filtering power and create a lovely aesthetic. And then…breathe easy!

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