Household Plants That Can Improve the IAQ in Your Home

by | Apr 20, 2019 | Blog

Do you have asthma or allergy sufferers in your home? Or maybe you just want to reduce the risk of respiratory illness. Either way, maintaining good indoor air quality is imperative. One way to improve the air quality in your home and help everyone breathe a little easier is by adding household plants that help purify the air around them. There are plenty of options, and many require very little maintenance.

English Ivy

English ivy brings classic elegance to any home. It has the added benefit of helping to filter the harmful chemicals that may have been released in your indoor air. The plant is easy to grow and grows well in shade or sun. It can survive for many years and grown into interesting shapes.

Florist’s Chrysanthemum

Sometimes called the hardy garden mum or a florist’s daisy, this is a colorful houseplant. It’s a perennial plant that loves direct sunlight and a moderate amount of water. As it grows, it’ll produce beautiful blooms in a variety of colors that can cleanse many of the chemicals and pollutants out of the air in your home, like formaldehyde, ammonia, trichloroethylene and xylene. As a result, you’ll breathe easier inside your home.

Red-Edged Dracaena

This upright evergreen is a shrub that produces narrow green, yellow or even cream-colored leaves. After the plant has reached full maturity, it develops white blooms, which red-orange berries will replace. The plant is low-maintenance and needs indirect sunlight to thrive. The plant is also known to remove chemicals such as xylene and other volatile organic compounds from your air.

While adding air purifying household plants to your home is a great step to improving IAQ, that alone isn’t enough. Keeping your HVAC system well-maintained and adding air cleaners to your home can improve your IAQ leaps and bounds. At Cool Cat AC & Heating, we know how to help everyone in your home breathe easier. Contact us today at (512) 775-2591 to find out the best IAQ options for your home.

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