A Breath of Fresh Air: How Plants Can Improve Your Indoor Air Quality?

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Potted plants have long been used by interior designers to add color and liveliness to interior spaces. Yet, inside vegetation offers more than just good aesthetics. Our leafy friends also serve as filters that can help improve indoor air quality.

Over the past thirty years, there have been several studies that have concluded that plants are surprisingly effective at removing harmful airborne pollutants. In fact, certain types of plants have been shown to eliminate nearly 90 percent of harmful volatile organic compounds (VOC) like formaldehyde, trichloroethane and benzyne.

Toxin-Busting Plants

Before heading to the nursery to grab some greenery, it’s important to know that certain varieties of plants are more effective than others in improving indoor air quality. Among the most beneficial are:

  • Dendrobium and phaeleonopsis orchids
  • These beautiful flowers are not only beneficial for your indoor air, they’re actually fairly easy to take care of. Interestingly, orchids are especially good at ridding the air of xylene, a pollutant commonly found in glue and paint.

  • Ferns
  • Sure, ferns have somewhat of a 70s vibe, but their fronds are actually quite effective at removing toluene, a pollutant commonly found in paint and nail polish.

  • Pothos
  • Easy to identify because of their heart-shaped, gold striped leaves, pothos are hearty plants that are perfect for homes and offices because they help to reduce carbon monoxide and formaldehyde.

  • Philodendrons
  • Another easy-care plant, philodendrons require little attention while quietly improving air quality.

Other Benefits of Indoor Plants

Along with helping improve indoor air quality, plants help maintain humidity levels and produce negative ions that attach themselves to particles like dust, mold spores, bacteria and allergens. Working in a way that’s similar to an air purifying machine, plants may help minimize symptoms of allergies and asthma.

Increase Your Defense Against Indoor Air Pollution

In the greater Phoenix area, we’re heavily reliant on our HVAC systems to keep us cool and comfortable. This is why it’s important to ensure your HVAC system is not adding air pollutants. Make it a point to routinely replace your system’s air filters and keep up with seasonal tune-ups. By doing so, you’ll go a long way towards sustaining long-term, good indoor air quality.

Call Chandler Air today to learn more about scheduling a seasonal tune-up on your HVAC system.