The Houseplant: An Efficient Little Air Cleaner in Your Texas Home

Most recommendations we provide for cleaning the air in your Texas home require unseen additions to your HVAC system, such as UV lights and other types of air cleaners, which mostly do their jobs in hidden, out-of-the-way locations.

However, thanks to NASA research on air purification devices to be used for cleansing the atmosphere in future space stations, we can make recommendations for a 100 percent natural and attractive way to improve indoor air quality: a houseplant air cleaner.The Houseplant: An Efficient Little Air Cleaner in Your Texas Home

Formaldehyde, benzene and other off-gas pollutants are emitted by home textiles and furnishings, as well as paint, wallpaper and laminate surfaces. These gases are harmful to your health if they aren’t removed via mechanical and natural ventilation and filtration systems. Certain houseplants have proven they can remove toxic chemicals from the air via the process of photosynthesis. All of the plants listed below are able to live indoors, year-round, with the right lighting and watering requirements.

Spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum). You may already have a spider plant or two in your home as they are one of the most common and easy to grow houseplants. In addition to adding greenery, the spider plant is also a pro at removing carbon monoxide, formaldehyde and xylene. Consider using it in the kitchen, or near gas or oil burning appliances for increased filtering.

Areca Palm (Chrysalidocarpus lutescens). The Areca palm is a great plant for taking up extra corner space. It also makes a wonderful housewarming gift for friends and family members who have moved into a new construction home. It removes xylene and formaldehyde, which are typically off-gased from new carpet and laminate flooring.

English ivy. This hypoallergenic plant is ideal for those who suffer from allergies or respiratory problems. It efficiently cleanses the air of formaldehyde, benzene and other harmful gases released from synthetic materials. It can also be used outdoors as fast-growing ground cover.

Other efficient houseplant air cleaners include:

  • Aloe vera
  • Golden Pothos
  • Peace lily
  • Chinese evergreen
  • Elephant Philodendron
  • Philodendron selloum
  • Snake plant
  • Bamboo or reed palm
  • Weeping fig

Contact Amarillo Air Conditioning to learn more about adding a houseplant air cleaner or mechanical air cleaning system to your Amarillo home.

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Our goal is to help educate our customers in Amarillo, Texas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).  For more information about houseplants and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.

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