Houseplants Work to Clean the Air in Your Home
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Houseplants Work to Clean the Air in Your Home


Consider houseplants if you’re concerned about indoor air quality (IAQ). Plants have a remarkable ability to remove harmful volatile organic compounds (VOCs) inside your home. VOCs come from many common products, including household cleaners, dry cleaning, new paint, furniture and carpeting and aerosol sprays.

VOCs have health effects all the way from mildly irritating to serious. Lack of air infiltration will cause VOCs and other pollutants to build and while you can combat the VOCs with mechanical means, doing so with plants helps you decorate and create healthier air simultaneously.

Consider these plants to clean your air:

  • Spider plants. This is one of the few plants that absorbs carbon monoxide. It also takes care of benzene, formaldehyde and xylene,
  • Aloe. This hearty succulent removes formaldehyde and benzene.
  • Red-tipped draceana and Warneck draceana. Easy to grow, these plants take out xylene, trichloroethylene and formaldehyde from indoor air.
  • English ivy. This vining plant is tolerant of indoor conditions and will lower the amount of formaldehyde in the air.
  • Azaleas. These plants are a challenge to grow, but their flowers and foliage make it worth the effort to remove formaldehyde.
  • Gerber daisy. If you bring home a lot of dry cleaning, consider this daisy that removes trichloroethylene.
  • Mother-in-laws tongue. A bathroom is perfect for this plant that absorbs formaldehyde, found in tissues and toilet paper, since these houseplants tolerate low-light environments.
  • Golden pothos. The pothos is another plant that can grow in low light and takes away formaldehyde.
  • Chrysanthemum. This plant likes it bright and will dependably remove benzene.
  • Ficus. This tree will take care of formaldehyde, benzene and trichloroethylene.
  • Chinese evergreen. The large leaves on this plant will trap a variety of pollutants.
  • Heart leaf philodendron. Rely on this plant to solve problems with formaldehyde.
  • Bamboo palm. Place this plant in a room where you’ve got new furnishings to remove benzene and trichloroethylene.
  • Peace lily. This striking plant will remove formaldehyde, benzene and trichloroethylene, along with toluene and xylene.

To learn more about houseplants and IAQ, contact Roth Heating & Cooling, providing top-notch HVAC services for the greater Portland area since 1976.

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