From reducing stress levels to improving your focus, houseplants have many benefits. Did you know that some species of plants are also great for filtering the air inside your home?
Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are used to make most home products—furniture, paint, carpets, and even the construction materials used to make the home itself. These products are a necessary part of living in the modern world but when in our homes, they have a negative impact. As houses have become more energy-efficient, the need for fresh air has increased. An oft-cited NASA Clean Air Study found that some indoor plants can reduce indoor air pollutants, including formaldehyde. Plants are an easy DIY step to improve indoor air quality.
Although it would take filling your home or office with ridiculously massive amounts of foliage to impact VOC levels, indoor plants can still improve your air quality.
Indoor Plants Can…
reduce irritation to eyes, ears, nose and throat
prevent or ease coughing and congestion
lower your stress
boost your attention capacity
Purifying indoor plants reduce levels of CO2 and increase relative humidity by helping you get rid of stale air and act as a natural humidifier, which can prevent or ease irritation to your eyes, nose, throat, and even lungs.
Five Houseplants that Improve Indoor Health
Spider plants are among the easiest air-purifying indoor plants to grow, making them a great choice for beginners or forgetful owners. Fans of bright, indirect sunlight, spider plants will send out shoots with flowers that eventually grow into baby spider plants or spiderettes.
The ficus is a tree in its native lands of southeast Asia and parts of Australia. When it grows indoors, it’s a hardy plant that can eventually reach 10 feet. Grow this low-maintenance beauty in bright, indirect light, and allow the soil to dry out between waterings.
When the temps are well above freezing, this houseplant can also be taken outside to spruce up your porch or patio.
Peace lily plants are relatively small compared to many of the plants on this list, so they’re ideal for compact spaces. Put peace lilies in a shady spot and keep the soil moist without overwatering. Easy to grow, these plants will flower for much of the summer.
These plants prefer to clean the air from a cool location with high humidity and indirect light. They’re relatively easy to grow, but they do need to stay moist. Check your Boston fern’s soil daily to see if it needs water and give it a good soak once per month.
This is one of the hardest houseplants to kill. Although it does need to be watered occasionally, it generally prefers drier conditions. The snake plant tolerates most light levels, making it any easy choice for just about any room.
Houseplants are a great supplement to improve the quality of the air in your home but nothing beats a HVAC checkup! Whether or not you’re concerned about your thermostat, pilot light, heat pump, home airflow or indoor air quality, schedule a routine HVAC maintenance appointment! Dean’s Home Services HVAC Professionals will evaluate and clean your unit, and make you aware of any necessary repairs. Routine inspections circumvent emergency repairs, which are very expensive. This simple step will save you a bundle of money in the long run. Also, take the opportunity to discuss possible IAQ home improvements with a Dean’s Home Service professional.
Leave the polluted air at the door. Did you know there are house plants that can double as beautiful decorations and help improve the quality of the air inside your home? Indoor air quality (IAQ) is especially important for those who suffer from- or live with those who suffer from respiratory problems. Find out how certain plants can help below:
Don’t receive too much natural sunlight in certain rooms of your home? That’s no problem for the Spathiphyllum, it adapts well to low light. This plant helps to get rid of the VOC benzene which is found in many paints, waxes and polishes. Just be sure to water it weekly!
Brighten up any room of your home with the bold colors of the Begonia semperflorens. This wax plant filters out benzene as well as chemicals produced by toluene.
Do you know what the most prevalent indoor air pollutant is? If you guessed formaldehyde, you’d be correct! The English Ivy, or Hedera helix, helps absorb formaldehyde which is common in wood floors and synthetic carpet dyes.
Is the air you’re breathing inside your home healthy? Many homeowners don’t realize that they might be breathing in harmful toxins and airborne chemicals every time they take a breath. So, what do you need to know about indoor air quality? See below for some frequently asked questions:
What is Indoor Air Quality?
Put simply, indoor air quality is the quality of the air inside your home. It has to do with the amount of pollutants, but is also determined by humidity and ventilation levels.
How Can I Improve IAQ?
There are four main steps to improving the quality of air inside your home: eliminate, ventilate, clean and monitor. The first step is to find the sources of air pollutants and get rid of them if possible. The second step is to keep your home ventilated. Open up windows and doors when the weather is nice outside and make sure to clean the filters in your HVAC system regularly. Clean your home by vacuuming and make sure to use anti-bacterial cleaners in the kitchen and the bathrooms. Finally, you can reduce and monitor humidity levels with a dehumidification system.
Health Concerns According the United States Environmental Protection Agency, the air inside homes can be up to five times more polluted than the air outside. If anyone in your family suffers from allergies or other respiratory problems, poor indoor air quality is only making their conditions worse.
Now that spring has officially sprung, we all know what that means – allergies. Even if you don’t suffer from headaches, dry or itchy eyes, nasal congestion or fatigue your family members might, and we know how miserable it can be.
Spending time outside during the spring can make allergy and respiratory symptoms worse, but did you know that poor indoor air quality can contribute to the symptoms as well? It’s time to fight back with an indoor air purification system!
Dean’s Professional Plumbing, Heating, Air & Drains can install, repair and maintain indoor air purification systems as well as whole house filters that are designed to remove airborne pollutants. Our professional technicians are always on time and service all of the following:
New air conditioning systems
Central air, heat pumps, ductless systems and high velocity units
Indoor air purification and whole house filtration systems
Multi-zone cooling systems and thermostats
Humidification and dehumidification
System tune-ups and preventive maintenance for all makes and models
Tired of living in an unhealthy environment? Give us a call today to schedule an appointment and start breathing fresher, cleaner air!
Dean's Home Services
7400 Kirkwood Court North, Maple Grove, MN 55369