Top 5 Plants For Removing Indoor Air Toxins

September 15, 2016

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House plants are more than just a decoration, they’re also used to help improve the indoor air quality of your home. Since everyone spends a majority of their day inside, indoor air quality is extremely important for your health. So if you’re looking to improve it, consider getting a few of these plants for your home.

The plants listed below are rated as some of the best for removing carbon monoxide, benzene, and formaldehyde from the air within your home.

  1. Rubber Plant ­- This species of ficus is perfect for growing indoors as it doesn’t need a lot of sunlight. While the plant grows, water it frequently, but cut back once the plant is fully grown. The Rubber Plant can reach upwards of 8’ with a width of almost 5’.
  2. Philodendron ­- Make sure to keep this plant away from direct sunlight as the leaves will begin to burn. You can keep this plant in the sunlight, but under a lower intensity. As long as the leaves are kept moist and dusted, this can be one of the most durable houseplants.
  3. Ficus Alii -­ For a taller ficus species that is resistant to any insects, the Ficus Alii is a perfect choice. Just remember to keep this plant away from any heating and air vents, as this will cause it to easily lose its leaves. Not much light is needed for growth, but it does need to be slightly humid.
  4. Boston Fern ­- Are you looking for the perfect hanging plant? With a height of up to 4’ and a width of up to 5’, the Boston Fern can thrive in a well lit room without direct sunlight. Just be careful as this plant can attract spider mites; which can be combatted with soapy water.
  5. Peace Lily -­ On the smaller side of houseplants, the Peace Lily only grows up to a height of 3’ and a width of 2’. As long as you remember to spray the leaves frequently, it can survive without much sunlight. Place this plant away from drafts, keep the soil moist, and the humidity high.

Removing air toxins and improving the indoor air quality within your home can easily be done with the addition of these houseplants. These plants should be used in combination with HVAC services that can help improve air quality. To learn more, or to schedule an appointment with an HVAC technician from SameDay Heating & Air, give us a call at (801) 726-3329.

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