8 Houseplants That Improve Indoor Air Quality

With as much of our lives as we spend indoors, the air quality in those spaces should be something at the top of our mind. Keeping the air quality in your home or office at a high standard might sound like an impossible task, but it’s actually as simple as buying some plants. According to a Clean Air Study done by NASA, there are plants that can filter toxins and pollutants out of the air that are harmful to humans. Here are the top eight plants to buy for your DIY air purification:

 

  1. Bamboo Palm – This plant helps give your home a tropical island vibe and all it needs is bright indirect sunlight and temperatures of 60 degrees or above to stay healthy. The Bamboo Palm should always stay watered because its soil drains quickly. Some issues with this plant are that it is prone to over and under watering, injuries from cold temperatures, and spider mites.

 

  1. Golden Pothos – To keep this plant healthy and ready to be your latest in home decoration it needs bright indirect sunlight to low light and should be in temperatures 65 degrees or above. Keeping this plant watered correctly can be a bit tricky as it needs to be drenched and dried because of its fast-draining soil. Some things to look out for with this plant is over and under watering, leaf scorch from direct light, and the need to occasionally shake loose tangled vines.

 

  1. Peace Lily – Keeping this beautiful plant healthy involves placing it in bright indirect light to low light and in temperatures of 55 degrees or above. The general potting soil used for this plant should be kept moist and allowed to dry between waterings. Issues involving this plant are normally root and stem diseases from watering problems, cold injury, and mealybugs. Another tip for the Peace Lily is to regularly wipe its leaves with a damp cloth.

 

  1. Snake Plant – This plant is pretty much impossible to kill with how little maintenance it requires and, unlike most plants, would work great in your bedroom because it converts CO2 into oxygen overnight. All it needs is bright indirect light to low light and temperatures 65 degrees or above to keep its health. Its soil is prone to draining quickly and should be watered with the drench and dry method. Problems that normally arise with the Snake Plant are root rot from over and under watering, spider mites, thrips, and chewing insects.

 

  1. Spider Plant – It might sound like a scary plant, but trust us, it would look great hanging in your window. In order to keep this plant healthy for your home it needs to be in bright indirect light and in temperatures 55 degrees or above. All this plant needs is general potting soil and the drench and dry method of watering. Some of this plant’s issues come from over and under watering, whiteflies, spider mites, scales, and aphids.

 

  1. Philodendron – To keep this plant in a healthy state it needs to be kept in temperatures 65 degrees or above and in bright indirect light to low light. Due to its fast draining soil, the Philodendron should be kept moist and misted occasionally. This plant can sometimes have issues including leaf spot, root rot, scale, mealybugs, and spider mites.

 

  1. Dracaena – Bright indirect light and temperatures of 60 degrees and above is most of what you need to keep this plant healthy for your home. The Dracaena’s fast draining soil needs to be watered with the drench and dry method. Some things to watch out for with this plant is over and under watering, excess of fluoride, scale, spider mites, and dry tips.

 

  1. Weeping Fig – This plant is kind of a diva. It needs to be kept in bright indirect light and temperatures of 65 degrees or higher. Due to its fast draining soil it must be kept moist in warm weather and set to dry between waterings in cold weather.

 

These eight plants will help rid the air inside your home of ammonia, xylene, benzene, formaldehyde and more. These toxins can be found pretty much everywhere around your home in things like paints, napkins, synthetic fabrics, plastics, detergents, and window cleaners. Depending on how long you are exposed to these pollutants you could suffer from symptoms including vomiting, coma, swelling of the lungs, heart problems, and liver and kidney damage.

 

If surrounding yourself with these plants isn’t quite enough for you to feel at ease about your indoor air quality then give us a call at (615) 893-6972 to find out more information about our air scrubbing service!