Nature’s Inexpensive Air Cleaners: Houseplants

The average home contains a host of harmful contaminants that contribute to poor indoor air quality, stuffiness, discomforts and health ailments. This is especially true during the height of the heating and cooling months, when extreme outside temperatures make it difficult to bring in fresh air. Make your home cleaner and greener any time of the year with nature’s air cleaners — humble houseplants.

Nature’s Air cleaners

Nature's Inexpensive Air Cleaners: HouseplantsMany common and harmful airborne contaminants found in homes, such as benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene, are introduced by way of auto emissions from attached garages, combustion appliances, and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) released from home building materials, furnishings, textiles and solvents.

Houseplants can help clean the air in your home by absorbing these harmful airborne contaminants (and more), releasing oxygen and regulating humidity. Consider these popular houseplants to boost indoor air quality and spruce up your home.

  • The peace lily is an attractive plant for its lovely appearance and for its ability to remove benzene and formaldehyde — two commonly found chemicals which may cause cancer.
  • The aloe vera plant has been used for thousands of years for its healing properties and healthful benefits. Aloe vera is also effective for removing formaldehyde and other harmful chemicals from household air.
  • The bamboo palm removes formaldehyde and humidifies the air, which is a boon during the dry heating months in Amarillo.
  • The Chinese evergreen does well in full shade, releases high amounts of oxygen, and removes a host of contaminants. For easy care and high return, this evergreen can help keep your indoor air ever clean.
  • Corn cane is another plant offering easy care with low light and low watering. Like the Chinese evergreen, the corn cane removes formaldehyde and other contaminants.
  • English ivy absorbs benzene and formaldehyde, and is said to be great for those suffering respiratory ailments, such as asthma and allergies.
  • The golden pothos and spider plant are excellent for removing formaldehyde, carbon monoxide and other toxins according to NASA studies.

For more tips about nature’s air cleaners for your Amarillo area home, or information about mechanical air cleaners, please contact Amarillo Air Conditioning at 376-4253.

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 using houseplants as air cleaners and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.

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