Plants Can Improve Your Home's Air Quality

house plantsWe all know that a great way to update the look of your home is by adding a fresh coat of paint or some new accessories, but why not add some plants into the mix as well?
According to a NASA Clean Air Study, plants can improve the air quality of your home. Adding plants is certainly great option in the winter, when you aren’t getting out as much or taking the time to open some windows.
House plants are beneficial because they can filter the following pollutants: including formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene, toluene, ammonia, and benzene. Many of these toxins are released by everyday items such as foam, ink and plastic bags, and the  NASA study recommends keeping four plants in your home for every person.
Even if you don’t normally have a green thumb, it might be worth a try to add some greenery to your home. Here are some suggestions for which plants to buy and where to keep them:

  • Snake Plant. This plant is great for cleaning the air in bedrooms, since it converts C02 into oxygen and filters out formaldehyde and benzene. Snake plants also don’t need a lot of light to survive.
  • Devil’s Ivy. This plant can easily be found at Home Depot or Walmart for only $15 and can filter out formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene, toluene and benzene.
  • Areca Palm. Much larger than the typical house plants, the areca palm can add flair to any living room, and produces more oxygen than smaller house plants.

By no means are these the only effective house plants to purchase, and any plant is better than none at all. Also, if you have cats and dogs, please note that some plants are toxic to pets, so be sure to find out which plants are pet-friendly using the ASPCA website.