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Improve Your Indoor Air Quality With These Five Plants
Fall is the season to be knowledgeable about the air inside and outside your home. Controlling what our lungs take in when we are outdoors is a more difficult task, but purifying the air inside your home is easy. With little maintenance, transforming your home’s internal atmosphere is a simple fix. Add a little green to the color scheme.
Any plant will assist in the production of oxygen for their surrounding environment, but there are a few plants that excel at air purification and removing unwanted toxins from a space. NASA has done a study on plants to find just the right type of greenery to adorn the areas of the International Space Station. In space, the air is not as renewable, because there is no atmosphere. Clean air is crucial. Among the top performers in their study there exists the Peace Lily, the Boston Fern, the Spider Plant, the Bamboo Palm, and the Aloe Vera plant.
Peace Lilies are the perfect addition to an empty desk or shelf. Their white blossoms are striking and provide excellent color contrast for any room. Beyond this plant’s aesthetic value, Peace Lilies were proven to excel at removing ammonia, benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene from the surrounding air. Animal lovers have plenty of opportunity to benefit from this plant. It is not recommended that more than two be placed in a room as their scent can sometimes complicate pollen levels. Also, keep Peace Lilies in a shaded area with a moist soil. Too much sunshine can damage the delicate flesh of the plant.
An excellent hanging plant, the Boston Fern has many talents. Not only are its fronds strong and hearty, but this plant removes formaldehyde and xylene from its surrounding environment with stellar speed. It is also a very low-maintenance plant. Boston Ferns require high humidity and partial shade. Direct light will, again, damage the plant. It will only need to be saturated in water once a month. Otherwise, just make sure the soil is not crusty and the Boston Fern will be fine.
Spider Plants are among the most resilient plants a homeowner can find. They are extremely easy to grow and maintain. They love indirect sunlight, and they will eventually grow into several spider plants. Occasional pruning may be beneficial, and only light watering is necessary to sustain health. Efficient at filtering formaldehyde and xylene from the air, Spider Plants are a homeowner’s best friend. Sturdy and resilient makes for an ideal houseplant.
Decorate an elegant sunroom with Bamboo Palm. This gorgeous and speedily growing plant thrives in full sunlight. NASA found that Bamboo Palm excels at removing benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene from the air. Benzene is a commonly used solvent, present in many oils, paints, and even some household detergents. This chemical can cause skin irritation, and in extreme cases, very serious respiratory complications. Formaldehyde is a ubiquitous chemical that is present in almost every indoor environment. It is a commonly known carcinogen.
Aloe Vera is well-known for its healing properties, but it is also quite the superstar at eradicating formaldehyde from the air. This duel-purpose plant is easy to maintain and contains a jelly-like substance inside its fronds that is medicinal to patients suffering from complications due to psoriasis. Aloe Vera is an all-around, multi-purpose houseplant that has been soothing burns and healing scrapes for generations. Place Aloe in a kitchen window for plenty of sunlight, but take care not to over water. Aloe Vera does not thrive in standing or pooling water.