10 Best Houseplants for Natural Air Purification
Growing concerns about indoor air quality have led many people to explore ways to improve the air they breathe at home. This includes increasing the number of plants in your home to naturally filter particles from the air.
Several studies have found that houseplants can improve indoor air quality in a variety of ways. When plants take in carbon dioxide from the environment, they absorb contaminants like dust, allergens and harmful chemicals. These particles are then captured in the soil and in the plant itself, reducing our exposure to them. Houseplants also help regulate humidity, either by raising or lowering it slightly to help maintain desirable levels.
It should be noted that there is evidence to suggest that the role of houseplants in managing indoor air quality is minimal. Plants can also be a source of mold or allergens if they are not cleaned and maintained. Finally, plants that are toxic should be kept out of the reach of children and pets.
We recommend taking a holistic approach to improving indoor air quality. While houseplants likely cannot take the place of air filters and proper ventilation, they have a role to play in creating fresh, breathable air at home. Plus, houseplants look great and help us relax by connecting us to the natural world.
- English Ivy. This elegant plant thrives in either full sun or full shade and can be trained to grow in many shapes.
- Parlor Palm. Because they prefer low, indirect light, these popular plants are able to grow several feet high in most homes.
- Chinese Evergreen. Although it can be an irritant for pets, Chinese Evergreen is easy to grow and manage.
- Gerbera Daisy. If you prefer flowers, this annual is beautiful as well as effective at removing particulate matter from the environment.
- Mother-in-Law’s Tongue is great for beginners since it needs almost no water and will survive in nearly any indoor environment.
- Pot Mums. Another flowering plant that is easy to grow and that will last long after other flowers are past their prime.
- Spider plant. These are popular because they prefer bright, indirect light and require very little water.
- Rubber Tree. Highly effective at trapping and removing airborne particles, these plants provide an exotic look with their bright, glossy leaves.
- Lemon Button Fern. If you like ferns, this variety is more drought resistant, smaller, and simpler to manage than many of its relatives like the Boston fern.
- Aloe Vera. An easy-to-grow succulent that does not use much water, aloe vera can also be used to treat mild burns.