By Endia Turney
Most of us choose houseplants based on how easy they are to manage or how beautiful their colors are, but another aspect to consider is the health benefits.
As your comfort company, Aire Serv® wants you to take a look at four of the best air-purifying houseplants. Adding these to your home can keep you and your family safe from common pollutants such as formaldehyde and benzene.
Aloe Vera is best known for its skin-healing properties, but it has another power. This plant is easy to grow and aides in removing formaldehyde and benzene from your home. These are byproducts of things such as paint and chemical-based cleaners. Aloe Vera loves sun, so try placing it in a kitchen window or other generally sunny area of your home.
The Areca Palm is often considered one of the best houseplants for removing indoor toxins. This graceful plant is very tolerant of indoor conditions and will grow best in filtered light. This plant is great for homes as it is easy to maintain, non-toxic, and safe for pets. Allow your palm to prosper by placing it in an area with plenty of indirect sunlight.
Boston Fern is said to be very effective at acting as a natural humidifier while also purifying the air of toxins. Although this plant is very tolerant of drought and partial light, it prefers damp soil and bright light. Finding a nicely lit area and watering often will enable your fern to thrive and supply your home with cleaner air with plenty of moisture.
Snake Plant, otherwise known as “Mother-in-law’s tongue,” is a low-light-loving plant that is able to survive in steamy, humid conditions. Rated as one of the best for filtering out formaldehyde, this plant is easy to keep alive and good for rooms in your home that do not get much light. Since formaldehyde is often found in cleaning products, toilet paper, and personal care products, consider placing one of these in your bathroom.
Decor tip: Terracotta pots can be your best friend! They’re cheap, they look good and they come in a variety of sizes. Bright green plants look stunning in terracotta. Try grouping all of your sun-loving plants together in front of a window for a beautiful and healthy plant display!