It’s a lucky thing that most Americans don’t suffer from claustrophobia when you consider how much time we spend indoors during a typical Midwestern winter.
When the first signs of spring occur, we tend to practically sprint our way to the backyard or front walk just to take in the warmth and let it embrace us.
Well, what if you were to bring some or more of nature’s greenery indoors to help keep you company not just in the warm weather months, but all year long? If you have even a little bit of a green thumb, here’s what you could accomplish all at once:
- Added home beauty
- A new or expanded hobby that helps fend off depression and offers other health benefits, as well
- Cleaner indoor air – that’s because numerous types of house plants are highly adept at filtering out bacteria and other airborne pollutants, thus preventing you from inhaling them
Here are 6 such indoor varieties known for their air cleansing ability:
- Spider Plant. Easy to care for, spider plants can go a few days at a time without water. They flourish in bright, indirect sunlight and remove formaldehyde and xylene (a solvent found in paint and rubber) from your home.
- Aloe Plant. Among its other benefits, aloe plants can help remove the sting of sunburn during the summer months. It’s a succulent so, like the spider plant, doesn’t need a lot of water. On the air quality side of the ledger, aloe plants remove formaldehyde and benzene from the air.
- Azalea. Plywood and foam insulation are just two of several sources of formaldehyde in homes. So if you like bright, cheery flowers and formaldehyde-free air, one or more azalea plants might just do the trick.
- English Ivy. While some plants aren’t as thirsty as others, the English Ivy needs little to no natural light, making a great choice even in rooms with no windows. English Ivy is a proven effective house plant for removing airborne fecal matter and formaldehyde found in a number of household chemicals.
- Peace Lily. Don’t purchase a peace lily if you have pets as the leaves can be poisonous if chewed on. On the plus side, they clear the air of acetone and the kind of carcinogens found in paint, furniture wax and polish.
You can learn a great deal more about the air cleaning benefits of certain house plants by speaking with your local florist who also can advise you on which plants might be best for your home.
Here at Furnace Doctors, we offer several whole-house indoor air quality solutions of our own including duct cleaning, humidity control systems and air purifiers. Contact us today to learn more or to schedule an in-home air quality analysis before deciding on next courses of action.