August 24th, 2020
You probably know how trees take carbon dioxide and turn in into oxygen, but that’s only the beginning of plants’ ability to filter out pollutants. If your home’s air contains fumes from substances like paint, household cleaners, or insect repellents, there are several plants that can help decrease their presence in the air you breathe. Other plants are useful for absorbing water from the air and reducing humidity in your home.
3 Plants that Filter Out Pollutants
Peace LiliesPeace lilies can remove harsh chemical pollutants from the air that come from paint or household cleaners. Their leaves absorb these pollutants and send them down to their roots, where microbes in the soil break them down.
ChrysanthemumsChrysanthemums, or mums as they’re often called, can efficiently remove benzene, trichloroethylene, formaldehyde, and ammonia from your air. You don’t have to take our word for it – NASA conducted a study that proved it!
LavenderOne of the common contaminants that might be affecting your indoor air quality is insect repellent. It works to keep bugs away, but also makes your air less clean in the process. Lavender is a natural insect repellent, meaning you won’t need to put any pollutants from insect repellent into your air. Additionally, the aroma of lavender has been shown to relax the lungs, making for a better night’s sleep and decreased anxiety during the day.
3 Plants That Dehumidify
OrchidsOrchids are epiphytes, meaning they get their nutrients from the surfaces and air around them. This is also how they get their moisture, meaning less humidity in your air.
CactusCactus is a xerophyte, meaning it requires little water to survive. With their thick stems and waxy leaves, they are very good at absorbing water. This enables them to thrive in desert climates, and also means they’re good at absorbing moisture from your home’s air.
Boston FernBoston Fern thrives in moist climates, so it is well-adapted to absorbing moisture – another natural dehumidifier!
While these plants can improve the smell and appearance of your home while also removing pollutants and humidity, one thing none of them can do is kill or reduce the presence of viruses. For that, you need an Indoor Air Quality system. At SG heating & Air Conditioning LLC, we sell and install IAQ systems in the West Windsor, NJ area that work by filtration, ventilation, and catalytic UV light. Indoor air quality system installations are available as part of a furnace installation or as an installation on their own. For cleaner air all year long, contact us online or by calling 609-448-1273!
Now I know all about plants and indoor quality, but I’m a bit disappointed that this post didn’t say anything about my favorite plant – dogwoods! Woof!!
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