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House Plants for Clean Indoor Air

For most people, being home is one of life’s true comforts. Whether it’s coming home to a freshly made dinner, waking up on a Saturday morning with no pressing matters to attend to, or watching the latest episode of your favorite TV series, there really is no place like it.

Except, of course, if being indoors makes you sick. And you can’t figure out what to do about it.

According to the EPA, your indoor air is, on average, twice as polluted as outdoor air.   The more airtight your home, the more indoor air pollutants it’s bound to prevent from venting outdoors. Common indoor pollutants include dust, dust mites, bacteria, pesticides, formaldehyde, smoking and cleaning byproducts, pollen, and many more.

While there are numerous ways to prevent and combat the effects of indoor air pollution, let’s focus on the positive: the beneficial effect of numerous types of houseplants. In addition to thriving on the very substances that launch or aggravate problems with allergies, asthma, and other respiratory ailments, houseplants also provide:

  1. Added decorative beauty

  2. Heightened attentiveness among students along with higher rates of school attendance

  3. Greater compassion and a sense of responsibility

  4. A noticeable calming effect

Which types of houseplants are best suited to cleaning up the air you breathe? You’ll want to talk to your florist before choosing, but these are the leading candidates:

  1. Arrowhead Vine

  2. Boston Fern

  3. Chinese Evergreen

  4. Croton

  5. Dumb Cane

  6. Peace Lily

  7. Philodendron

  8. Pothos

  9. Spider Plant

Are house plants a one-size fits all solution?  Probably not – after all, just how many plants can you maintain and properly care for? So, if you’re looking for a broader and more permanent indoor air quality solution, contact GBT Heating & Cooling today.  One of our indoor air quality specialists will gladly tell you more about the benefits of a whole-house air purifier, whole-house humidifier, and other indoor air quality solutions.

Once installed, spending time at home will be a greater pleasure than ever.


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