When winter is here, it doesn’t have to end the pretty foliage and beautiful greenery. Actually, winter is the perfect time to place some new plants around the inside of your home. And, while indoor plants add some color and charm to your indoor space, they can also clean and purify the air you breathe. This is essential if you close up your home during the winter and don’t let the fresh air from outdoors into your home during this season.
You see, with poor ventilation, your indoor air can be filled with toxins and pollution. By placing a few houseplants around your living space, you can improve your home’s air quality. You can try these air purifying plants to effectively clean your home’s indoor air.
- Areca Palm
This plant is a good houseplant that will clean your indoor air. You might have seen it in church vestibules and offices. Not only does it purify the air, it’s also said to help maintain the humidity levels indoors.
- English Ivy
According to NASA’s Clean air study, the English Ivy helps remove toxins and allergens such as:
Airborne fecal matter
- Ficus Alii
The ficus alii usually come as a tree. It has attractive dark, slender leaves and it helps to purify the air. It’s also resistant to insects which make it a great choice.
- Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum)
The peace lily is an excellent foliage plant. It effectively removes:
It’s best grown in indirect low to medium sunlight.
- Snake Plant
The snake plant provides oxygen at night, meaning while you’re sleeping, it’s giving you clean, fresh air to help you sleep. It’s known to relieve respiratory problems due to its efficiency in releasing oxygen and removing toxins as we sleep.
- Bamboo Palm
The bamboo palm is a sturdy plan that grows tall, around three to six feet. It’s a graceful looking plant for any room. It removes formaldehyde effectively. Formaldehyde is often used in furniture; therefore you’ll want to place this plant next to couches, chairs and end tables. Keep it in indirect light. It can also add moisture in the air during the dry winter months.
You can never have too many plants in your home for good air quality. Be sure you turn the plants regularly since they usually lean toward the sunlight. You should also mist the leaves of the plant with water periodically to help keep it healthy.
In addition to your houseplants, you can also ventilate and purify your home air with a whole house fan. It draws in fresh outdoor air and can improve overall air quality. It also helps to reduce indoor moisture buildup and vent odors.