Plants That Improve Indoor Air Quality

Fall and its cool temperatures are upon us.  And in a few weeks, instead of keeping our windows open to let the crisp breeze in, we’ll be shutting them to try and keep the cold air out!  But by keeping those windows shut, fresh, clean air cannot make its way inside. And when fresh air can’t circulate throughout your indoor spaces, pollutants build up and you begin to breathe in contaminants that can cause headaches, dizziness, nausea, and eye, ear, and nose irritation.

 

Instead of shivering next to an open window all winter, purify the air in your home with a few of the plants listed below. By absorbing carbon dioxide, these six houseplants will clear the air and keep you healthier as the temperature drops.

  1. Spider Plant: If your existence is marred by a lack of the greenthumb chromosone, spider plants may be your houseplant soulmate, as they withstand a few days without water.  Place them in bright, indirect sunlight and they will remove formaldehyde and xylene (a solvent found in paint and rubber) from your home.
  2. Aloe Plant: Beneficial in the summer when it helps to relieve the sting of sun burn, the aloe plant (a succulent, which means it doesn’t need as much water as other plants), clears formaldehyde and benzene from the air.
  3. Azalea: Plywood and foam insulation found in your home also produce formaldehyde. The azalea brightens things up with its pretty blooms, while also removing this toxic substance from the air around it.
  4. English Ivy: A beautiful, climbing vine, English Ivy will thrive in rooms that don’t have windows or those rooms with little to no natural light. Its dense leaves absorb airborne fecal matter and formaldehyde found in a number of household chemicals.
  5. Peace Lily: As long as you don’t have pets (poisonous to your four-footed friends if munched on), the peace lily helps remove carcinogens found in paint, furniture wax and polish, as well as acetone.
  6. Lady Palm: You’ll feel like you’re on vacation in the tropics when you find a place inside your home for the lady palm. It’s easy to grow and targets ammonia, found often in cleaners, fabrics and dyes.

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Sources:
http://greatist.com/connect/houseplants-that-clean-air
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2996004/
http://www.mnn.com/health/healthy-spaces/photos/15-houseplants-for-improving-indoor-air-quality/aloe-aloe-vera
http://www.mnn.com/health/healthy-spaces/photos/15-houseplants-for-improving-indoor-air-quality/azalea-rhododendron#ixzz3mfXZbgtP
http://www.mnn.com/health/healthy-spaces/photos/15-houseplants-for-improving-indoor-air-quality/english-ivy-hedera
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http://www.mnn.com/health/healthy-spaces/photos/15-houseplants-for-improving-indoor-air-quality/english-ivy-hedera