You probably don’t consider the air in your home to be toxic, but in fact the air indoors is often polluted with radon, tobacco smoke, dander, pollen, mold and a variety of other chemicals and substances. Ready to drag out the vacuum? Not so fast. Houseplants have been proven to remove many common toxins from indoor air. To top it off, houseplants provide attractive decor in any room. Consider placing a few of these common plants throughout your home or in areas where the toxicity levels could be high.
- Aloe: Along with your home ventilation system, aloe plants work to clear chemicals from the air, such as benzene and formaldehyde, commonly found in cleaning solutions.
- Chrysanthemum: The brilliant flowers of the chrysanthemum bring cheer to any room while detoxifying chemicals such as benzene, which is found in detergent, glue, paint and some plastics.
- Gerber daisies: Beautiful daisy blooms need lots of sunlight, but they will return the favor by filtering out toxins brought home with your dry cleaning.
- Mother-in-law’s tongue: This hardy plant thrives in low light, humid conditions found in most bathrooms while filtering out chemicals found in toilet tissue and other personal care items.
- Golden pothos: This hanging plant will help cleanse the air of formaldehyde, commonly found in car exhaust.
- Spider plant: Even if you don’t have a green thumb, spider plants are hardy and easy to maintain. They are effective at ridding the air of carbon monoxide, benzene and formaldehyde.
- Red-edged dracaena: This pretty plant will pull fumes from lacquers, varnish and gasoline that may permeate the air in your home.
- Weeping fig: Your living room might be the ideal place for this ficus plant that tackles toxins commonly found in carpeting.
- Azalea: These beautiful blooms prefer cooler temperatures and will eliminate toxins found in plywood and foam insulation.
- English ivy: This sophisticated plant helps eliminate airborne fecal matter particles lurking in the air.
Learn more about cleansing the air in your home and other home comfort issues by contacting us at Overland Park Heating & Cooling, serving the Kansas City area since 1983.
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