Think about the amount of time that you spend in your home. Now imagine the number of toxic compounds in your home that come from chemical-based cleaning products, air-fresheners, and other products. These are everyday household items that you typically don’t think twice about, but they can emit toxins that are detrimental to your health. Other indoor pollutants can stem from pollen, mold, bacteria, and more! These pollutants tend to be more harmful in small or poorly ventilated areas.
In the late 1980s, NASA conducted a study providing which plants the best help reduce indoor pollutants. Upon discovery, people began to see plants as more than just decor, but also as a home essential to help purify their air. Here are a few plants that you can add to your home to help filter out harmful elements and purify your air.
The Spider Plant, also known as Chlorophytum comosum helps filter toxins such as carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, and xylene which can be found in leather and rubber. The Spider Plant is also one of the easiest plants to care for and is pet-friendly.
If your home is exposed to minimal sunlight, the Chinese Evergreen plant is for you. This plant thrives in low light conditions and immediately begins to remove toxins from the air. Due to the plant’s tropical nature, they tend to flourish in low humidity. If you begin to experience browning of the leaves, simply mist the plant with water.
Gerbera Daisies not only add a beautiful touch to your home, but they also serve as a purifier that removes benzene (which is a cancerous chemical). These daisies are also known to release oxygen overnight which helps improve your sleep patterns.
Areca Palms not only purify the air by removing toxic elements, but they also release tons of moisture. This plant performs best in areas exposed to an adequate amount of sunlight and when watered regularly.
For more information on how to effectively remove toxins from your home’s air, call Bounds Heating & Air for expert advice at 352-290-3370.