Using Plants to Improve Home Air Quality

There is nothing better than breathing fresh, clean, cool air. Your home HVAC system does an excellent job of filtering and cleaning the air that circulates through your home, but there is always more you could be doing. Plants are some of the most effective air purifying devices on the planet. Spending time in nature has also been proven to reduce stress levels. Bring a little nature into your home. Not only will your home look more stylish, but you will breathe easy and feel more peaceful.

Listening to NASA

In 1989 NASA conducted its Clean Air Study. The results showed that a number of plants were capable of removing toxic agents such as benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene from the air while combating the effects of sick building syndrome. NASA recommends having at least one plant per 100 square feet of home space. All of the plants studied by NASA flourish in reduced sunlight and mild temperatures making them ideal houseplants.

English Ivy

Of all of the plants studied by NASA, English ivy was found to be the most effective at filtering air. Even better, it is very easy to grown. Almost too easy! If you don’t modestly prune this enthusiastic little plant every few months, you may find it taking over your home. This little guy is perfect plant for the living room or the kitchen as it required medium sunlight to grow most effectively.

Bamboo Palm

Bamboo Palm achieved a purifying score of 8.4 out of ten during NASA’s Clean Air Study. It was one of the most effective plants at removing benzene and trichloroethylene from the air. Bamboo palm thrives in shade or indirect sunlight making it a perfect plant to grow in bathrooms or bedrooms. This little guy is going to need ample watering, so pay close attention to it! We suggest watering your bamboo palm at least once a day.

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