Houseplants That Beautify Your Home and Improve Your IAQ

In your Texas Panhandle home, houseplants are not simply design accents. Although they certainly beautify your home, they also perform dual duty as housekeepers. Certain plants, placed strategically, can actually improve indoor air quality.

Houseplants That Beautify Your Home and Improve Your IAQEven if you don’t have a green thumb, you can grow some of these easy-care houseplants:

  • Spider plant, aka airplane plant (Chlorophytum comosum).
  • Snake plant, aka mother-in-law’s tongue (Sansevieria spp.)
  • Weeping fig (Ficus benjamina)
  • Chinese evergreen (Aglaonema spp.)
  • Peace lily (Spathiphyllum spp.)

These plants, and others, specialize in removing airborne gases — produced by volatile organic compounds (VOCs) — such as formaldehyde, benzene and ozone. If you don’t think these harmful gases contribute to the indoor air pollution in your home, think again. Carpeting, paint, air fresheners, disinfecting products and even computer printers are sources of VOCs.

To improve indoor air quality in your home, place at least one 10- to 12-inch potted plant for every 100 square feet of living space. Use a combination of different plants to improve air quality and keep their leaves free of dust to maximize their effectiveness.

Although houseplants help mitigate the effects of airborne gases, they cannot remove particulate matter. Call your trusted HVAC contractor with questions about air purifiers and filters.

In the Amarillo area, Amarillo Air Conditioning is your go-to expert to help you improve indoor air quality. Call us to learn which strategies can help keep your home’s air healthy and clean.

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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