Is Poor Air Quality Harming Your Houseplants?

Do you struggle to keep your houseplants alive and healthy? When you’re busy monitoring pH levels, choosing a well-lit area, and feeding your houseplants the right fertilizer, it’s easy to overlook something as simple as air quality. But poor air quality can take its toll on houseplants in several different ways, restricting their intake of oxygen while exposing them to the potentially harmful the bacteria, mold and other microbes.

Is It Really a Problem?

The short answer is yes, poor indoor air quality is a serious problem. Not only will it negatively impact your houseplants, but it can also impact you and your family’s health.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently listed indoor air pollution as one of the top 5 environmental dangers, saying the average home’s air it’s typically 5-100 times more polluted than outdoor air.

Some of the most common indoor air pollutants include:
•Dust mites
•Carbon monoxide
•Carbon dioxide
•Chemical fumes

How To Improve Your Home’s Air Quality

If you believe poor air quality is to blame for the slow growth and/or negative health of your houseplants, you should take immediate action to remedy the situation. Allowing your air to remain pollutant will only further harm you, your family, and your houseplants.

Change The Air Filter

Assuming you have a standard heating, ventilation and cooling system (HVAC), you should get into the habit of changing the air filter at least once a month. This will keep promote clean, fresh air by filtering significantly more pollutants. And being that a typical air filter only costs about $5-$10 bucks, this is a cheap way to create cleaner air in your home.

Install a Water Fountain

How can a water fountain improve  your home’s air quality? Water fountains work as natural filters, catching and holding dust, bacteria, mold and other pollutants. When these pollutants blow into fountain, they remain stuck here until the water is emptied and replaced with fresh water.

Indoor water fountains also double as humidifiers. The soothing sound of water trickling down the fountain means that some of the water vapor is entering the air, raising the humidify to a more respectable level.

Add More Houseplants

Of course, adding more houseplants will also improve your home’s air quality. Plants absorb pollutants while releasing fresh oxygen back into the surrounding atmosphere. Generally speaking, the larger the plant, the more pollutants it filters.