Did you know that a single houseplant has the power to purify the air inside your home? Scientists have done numerous studies on plant life’s ability to absorb harmful pollutants and particulates and then emit clean, breathable air. Some houseplants can work as natural air conditioners. If you think about how an air conditioner works - it brings in air from the environment, conditions it and then emits cool air – houseplants sort of do the same thing. However, they do so without having to plug anything in or refill refrigerant levels – all you have to do is water a plant and make sure it has plenty of sunlight. Here are different clean-air plant options for your home.
- English ivy. Not only is this a beautiful hanging leafy plant, but it also does a great job at absorbing formaldehyde. Most commonly, formaldehyde is used to preserve organic specimens, but if the pollutant is prevalent in your home, it could be extremely toxic and even cancerous. You may be wondering how formaldehyde got inside your home, but you would be even more surprised to learn that it is one of the most common indoor air pollutants – it is emitted from carpets, paint on the walls and some heavy-duty cleaners.
- Peace lily. This is a beautiful plant because it grows large blooming flowers. In fact, this plant is one of the only clean-air plants that flowers. Peace lilies are excellent when it comes to removing acetone, which can be emitted into the air from electronics. Every time you use a computer or TV, the fan inside the unit that cools down the electrical components blows out trace amounts of acetone. This pollutant can be poisonous and it negatively affects your respiratory system.
- Large leafy palms. In some regions, palm trees are a popular plant, because they like warm weather and they are exotic. Leafy palms also do a great job at reducing the amount of ammonia in the air. Ammonia is often released from household cleaners – like window and floor sprays. Ammonia can also be found in new carpets, clothing and other fabrics, because it is a common ingredient in dyes. Ammonia can negatively affect the central nervous system and it can slow down breathing.
- Snake plant. This is a succulent-like plant that can be found in many deserts. This plant is full of carbon dioxide absorbing molecules, so that your home’s air always feels a little cleaner. The snake plant is also a really unique looking plant and will fit nicely in any modern home. This plant – because of its dense leaves – is also effective at reducing the toxin benzene, which is emitted from car exhaust.
- Golden pothos. This is a unique plant, because it is one of the only varieties that has been successful at reducing carbon monoxide, which is an odorless and invisible gas that can be lethal at high concentrations. The best part about this plant is that it can climb, which looks very beautiful on a trellis anywhere in your home.