Most people realize that placing houseplants around your home is a great way to add to its decor. What many don’t consider, however, are the health benefits of a few well-placed varieties. Their ability to filter out dangerous pollutants commonly found in your home’s air cannot be understated, especially for those with allergies or asthma. Here are some of the best houseplants to consider:
- Peace lily — This unusual looking houseplant requires only shade and weekly watering for its survival. In exchange, it will help filter out formaldehyde, benzene and trichloroethylene, which are three of the most common chemicals found in an average home’s air.
- Weeping fig — Although this ficus can be difficult to care for, it will live a long time and filter out the same chemicals as the peace lily.
- Aloe — This plant looks great in a sunny kitchen window, grows very easily, and is filled with a gel that nearly every parent has used to treat cuts and burns. Plus, it has the ability to remove formaldehyde and benzene from the air.
- Spider plant — Also popular due to its resilience (for people with less than a green thumb), this houseplant can filter out formaldehyde, benzene, xylene, and carbon monoxide.
- Chrysanthemum — Not just a pretty face, this attractive plant attacks benzene and will bloom when exposed to sunlight.
- English ivy — Not only does this ivy add a simple decor to your home, it is believed to possess the unique ability to reduce the amount of airborne fecal-matter particles in your air caused by pets and insects.
As you can see, each of these plants has its own look and the ability to help clean the air. When used in conjunction with an air cleaner, UV light system, or HEPA filter in your HVAC equipment, they allow you to tackle your indoor air problems head-on.