The Best Plants to Boost Indoor Air Quality In Your Home
We all know how problematic outdoor air allergens and pollution can be, however, we rarely consider the role our indoor air quality plays in our health. According to the EPA, the majority of scientific evidence indicates that “the air within homes and other buildings may be more seriously polluted than the outdoor air in even the largest and most industrialized cities.” Since indoor air does not naturally circulate like the air outside, contaminants can stay trapped inside your house indefinitely, continuously cycling throughout your home. And, because the average person spends approximately 90 percent of their time inside, the consequences of this poor indoor air quality are far more devastating than you may have realized. One of the easiest ways to counteract the pollutants found indoors is to incorporate plants throughout your living space. To help you understand the risks of indoor air pollution and get on the right track to purify your home’s air, we’ve compiled a list of the top 5 plants that boost air quality.
The effects of indoor air pollutants
Indoor air pollutants can wreak havoc on the health and wellbeing of you and your loved ones – especially when it comes to children, elderly individuals, people with preexisting conditions, and anyone with a compromised immune system. The health effects of poor indoor air quality can be felt shorty after exposure or, potentially, years later. The long and short term effects of indoor air pollution can be short or long term, and can be severely debilitating or fatal. The most common symptoms include: Irritation of the eyes, nose, and throat. And it more severe cases, debris and pollutants in your home can cause headaches, dizziness, fatigue, Asthma, Respiratory Diseases, Heart Disease, and Cancer.
The most common causes of indoor air pollution
So, what causes poor indoor air quality? According to the EPA, the most common indoor air pollutants are caused by Fuel-Burning appliances, household cleaning and maintenance products, too much moisture within your home, and outdoor sources like radon, pesticides, and outdoor air pollution.
Top 5 plants for improving indoor air quality
According to NASA’s study on indoor plants and air quality, the following house plants are an easy, inexpensive, and effective way to remove harmful pollutants and toxins like formaldehyde, xylene, ammonia, benzene, toluene, and trichloroethylene from indoor air:
- Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum): An easy to care for evergreen plant featuring white lily flowers.
- Florist’s Chrysanthemum (Chrysanthemum morifolium): A popular perennial plant sometimes called the “Florist’s Daisy” or “Hardy Garden Mum.”
- Devil’s Ivy (Epipremnum aureum): Often sold in hanging baskets, this ivy features lush vines with small, green heart-shaped leaves that are marbled with yellowish-white hues.
- Red-Edged Dracaena (Dracaena reflexa): This upright shrub produces green, yellow or cream-colored leaves along with small white flowers and red-orange berries.
- Snake Plant (Sansevieria trifasciata): A low maintenance perennial known for its air purifying abilities – especially with nitrogen oxide and other volatile organic compounds.
Having pollutants in your home can have detrimental effects on the well-being of your home and family. The houseplants above are a tasteful solution to the ever-present chemicals found in nearly every home. To green up your lungs, you must green up your environment. Don’t let toxins get in the way of your home health and happiness. Try growing these air purifying plants today to help make your home the safest it can be!
Written By Stephanie James
Stephanie James is a freelance writer from Raleigh, North Carolina who writes on a variety of topics from home décor to lifestyle. Connect with her or see more of her published work on Twitter: @sjaywrites13