Does your house irritate your skin, breathing or simply make you feel stuffy? All of these symptoms are associated with poor indoor air quality (IAQ). Fortunately, there are numerous ways to increase IAQ. It’s important to clean and change your air filters, run a fan, open windows to increase circulation and there are even certain plants that can increase your IAQ.
For anyone with a green thumb, or if you love having fresh plants in the house, check out these plants that look beautiful and also increase your home’s indoor air quality.
1. Spider Plant
It takes a lot to kill this plant, so even if you tend to neglect watering houseplants, don’t worry. The Spider plant, formerly known as Chlorophytum comosum, battles benzene, formaldehyde, carbon monoxide and xylene.
2. Gerbera Daisy
This plant is beautiful with its bright colored petals. Formerly known as Gerbera jamesonii, the gerber daisy is effective at removing trichloroethylene (which is a common chemical found in dry cleaning). Gerbera Daisies also fight benzene.
These flowers are beautifully colorful and not only help with your IAQ, but also brighten up any room. They come in pretty much every color so you can use them to style your room decor. They help filter out benzene, a chemical which makes its way into your house through glue, paint, plastics and detergent.
4. Peace Lily
The Peace Lily can improve your IAQ by a significant amount. This beautiful plant helps reduce the level of mold spores in your home. It absorbs the spores through its leaves and uses them as food. If you put your Peace Lily in the bathroom, it will help keep shower tiles and curtains mildew-free.
5. Chinese Evergreen
Southern Living has called this the easiest houseplant to take care of. So with that killer reputation, they are also able to remove toxins the longer they are out in the air. They bloom in low light and will produce red berries.
6. Aloe Vera
This succulent is easy to grow and loves being in the sun. It helps clear formaldehyde and benzene from the house. We recommend putting your aloe plant in a sunny kitchen window. This plant has been used for thousands of years. The gel inside the plant has tremendous healing properties as well.
Azaleas, formerly known as Rhododendron, thrive in cool areas. They work great in basements, but for us Floridians, anywhere with cooler temperatures will do. They agree with humid environments and are able to help combat formaldehyde.
These plants are easy to take care of and increase your IAQ all at the same time. You can rest easy at night knowing that your house looks beautiful and lively, and you’ll also be able to breathe easily.
Call Colman Heating and Air Today for AC Maintenance to Also Increase Your Indoor Air Quality
We have served the Brevard County for nearly 30 years and have tons of experience with IAQ. If you don’t feel comfortable in your own home, call us today to schedule a maintenance and IAQ check on your AC system.
Call Colman Heating & Air Conditioning at (321) 269-4565