Friday November 6, 2015
We spend most of our time indoors. As luck would have it, there’s a lot we can do to improve the air quality of our homes. Portable air purifiers have their benefits and replacing the air filter for the air condition goes a long way. But did you know there are indoor plants that can filter out common volatile organic compounds and improve air quality?
If you’re considering ways to freshen up your Carrollton townhome, have a look at the list of 8 indoor plants that improve air quality.
Possibly best known for the gel that can help heal cuts and minor burns, aloe is also a great option for clearing up the air. Aloe helps clear formaldehyde and benzene in the room, which are common byproducts of things like cleaners and paint. They love the sun, so find a window sill or open window for these indoor plants.
Gerber daisies are an effective way to get rid of any trichloroethylene that may have found its way inside (sometimes from something simple like bringing home the week’s dry cleaning). They can also help filter benzene. Best of all, they’re a great way to brighten up a room.
Formaldehyde is a naturally-occurring compound that sometimes has a strong, pickle-like odor. Sansevieria trifasciata, otherwise known as the “snake plant”, is one of the most effective indoor plants for filtering pollutants like formaldehyde. It also thrives on low-light so it’s ideal for bathrooms.
Fair warning: Taking care of a ficus can be a bit tricky and it’s not typically a recommended plant for people who don’t have a green thumb. However, with the right amount of watering and good lighting conditions, a weeping fig can help filter out all kinds of pollutants and are guaranteed to keep you happy for years to come.
English Ivy plants are very resilient and simple to care for. And they’re also fantastic climbers, able to cling to almost any surface. Studies have shown they’re also good at reducing airborne fecal-matter particles.
There are a lot of indoor plants in the Dracaena family, but Warneckii is one of the most colorful and one of the most easy to care for. It’s good for combatting pollutants commonly associated with various types of varnishes and oils. And since it’s able to survive with little direct sunlight, dracaena warneckii is ideal for people who want an indoor plant that can take care of itself.
Chinese evergreens, or aglaonema, can be found in many varieties and is known to produce blooms and red berries – even with little direct sunlight. Not only will Chinese evergreens remove air pollutants, they’ll remove more and more toxins as time and exposure continues. It’s the indoor plant that keeps on giving!
Chamaedorea (also referred to as reed palm or bamboo palm) thrives in shady indoor areas and some varieties are known to produce flowers or small berries, making them a great choice for any home. In fact, these small palms are at the top the list when it comes to effectively filtering out both benzene and trichloroethylene.
These plants are just what you’re looking for when it comes to improving the air quality of your Carrollton townhome. If you’re interested in learning more about a Carrollton townhome that fits your personal lifestyle, including a variety of available units in Raiford Crossing and Mustang Park, please feel free to contact us.