How Plants Can Improve Your Home’s Air Quality

Indoor air pollution is a major problem that often goes unnoticed by homeowners and their families. While the air may appear clean, it’s likely filled with millions of dust, mold spores, bacteria, pet dander and other pollutants. In fact, the problem is so bad that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ranks indoor air pollution as one of the top five environmental risks to public health.

Houseplants and Air Quality

Thankfully, there are ways to promote a clean environment inside your home, one of which through the use of houseplants. Most people grow houseplants for the sole purpose of adding greater aesthetic value to their home. There’s no artwork or decorative accessory that yields the same natural beauty as a healthy houseplant. Whether it’s used inside the living room, kitchen, foyer, bedroom, or any other area, houseplants will bring a newfound sense of style to the environment.

But the real benefit of growing plants inside the home comes from their natural ability to filter out pollutants and impurities from the air. When dust, mold or bacteria travels through the air, some of it will land on the plant’s leaves, at which point it’s absorbed and replaced by fresh oxygen. Adding just a couple houseplants throughout your home can make a world of difference in terms of the air quality.

List of Top Air-Purifying Houseplants:
•Dwarf date palm (Phoenix roebelenii)
•Areca palm (Dypsis lutescens)
•Boston fern (Nephrolepis exaltata ‘Bostoniensis’)
•Kimberly queen fern (Nephrolepis obliterata)
•English ivy (Hedera helix)
•Lilyturf (Liriope spicata)
•Spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum)
•Devil’s ivy, Money plant (Epipremnum aureum)
•Peace lily (Spathiphyllum 'Mauna Loa’)
•Flamingo lily (Anthurium andraeanum)
•Chinese evergreen (Aglaonema modestum)
•Bamboo palm (Chamaedorea seifrizii)
•Broadleaf lady palm (Rhapis excelsa)
•Variegated snake plant, mother-in-law’s tongue (Sansevieria trifasciata 'Laurentii’)

Keep 'Em Clean

If you’re going to grow houseplants inside your home for the purpose of filtering pollutants from the air, make sure you clean them on a regular basis. Over time, dust and other impurities will accumulate on the plant’s leaves, and if you don’t clean it of, it will simply float right back into the surrounding atmosphere.

Avoid the use of furniture polish, bleach sprays or other cleaning products on or around your houseplants. Instead, clean them by gently brushing the leaves with a feather duster. When you are finished, vacuum up any fallen debris.