Indoor plants that clear the air and add some green
We have some good news and some bad news. Let’s start with the bad news: Winter is here. With the cold temperatures, many of us find ourselves cooped up indoors and not only missing the fresh air, but also the color green. Now, for the good news: You can incorporate some green into your interior design and breathe in some fresh air with the use of houseplants.
While houseplants will never compare to an apple tree in full bloom, they can still offer some benefits. Not only will a houseplant offer natural life to enjoy year-round, the following plants are also very effective at improving your indoor air quality:
- Peace Lily: If you have house pets, the Peace Lily isn't for you. This plant is poisonous for both cats and dogs (if ingested). However, if you live in a pet-free household, then you’re safe to keep reading. For those who can’t live without flowers, this houseplant will bloom in low-light conditions. In fact, Peace Lilies are not fans of direct sunlight, making them a great plant to get you through Ohio winters. On top of that, these bloomers filter trichloroethylene, formaldehyde, ammonia, and benzene out of the air.
- English Ivy: While every retired gardener dreams of the days when their English Ivy will completely crowd out the weeds, this plant also does well indoors. This vining beauty is great for hanging planters and areas where it’s free to climb and spread. Like the Peace Lily, English Ivy tolerates the shade well. But, don’t put it by a heater as this plant prefers mild temperatures. As for cleaning the air, English Ivy is great at filtering out trichloroethylene, benzene, and formaldehyde.
- Devil’s Ivy: These fast growers are for those who aren’t confident in their green thumb. Devil’s Ivy brings in green with little accompanying maintenance. They feature heart-shaped leaves that are often touched with a bit of cream or gold. Much like the English Ivy, Devil’s Ivy makes a great hanging plant or can be trained to climb. When it comes to cleaning the air, these plants are pros at filtering benzene and formaldehyde.
With winter settling in for the next few months and limited fresh air coming inside the home, these plants can actually be a necessary addition to keep indoor air clean. Formaldehyde is omitted from upholstery, carpets, glues, and more. Trichloroethylene is found adhesives, paint removers, and some rug cleaners. Benzene is often present in plastics, rubber, pesticides, synthetic fibers, and more. While there are plenty of items that can compromise the air quality in your home, there are also plenty of plants available to aid in cleaning the air. Bringing in just one of these plants could go a long way in maintaining the air quality of home and managing odors, helping you keep your indoor air fresh and your home ready to stage to sell. If you would like to learn more about how proper maintenance can increase your home’s value or if you’re looking to sell, please feel free to contact the team at Union Home Mortgage today.
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