Many homeowners love the look of potted plants and incorporate greenery into their decor. Houseplants allow us to bring the outdoors in and add a layer of visual appeal to any room. Most homeowners are unaware that potted plants can also improve the air quality within your home. For a relatively minor financial investment and a commitment to care for these plants, anyone can enjoy a greener space and cleaner air. The following are some green home improvement options that are both easy to care for and beautiful.
Among the easiest plants to care for, a spider plant is a fast-growing option that requires little more than a well-lit spot and occasional watering. The plant produces grassy leaves in clusters, which is how it gained its common name. In fact, the only drawback of a spider plant is how quickly they reproduce, leading to new offshoots that can be potted and given to others. Spider plants are good at scrubbing the air of formaldehyde, benzene and carbon monoxide.
For homes with cooler temperatures, a Lady Palm is a great option. These plants provide a tropical feel but thrive in a temperature range between 60 to 75 degrees. They are easy to care for and can remove significant volumes of formaldehyde from the air while they decorate your rooms.
Homeowners who have an attached garage have likely noticed occasional gasoline fumes inside their home. These fumes, even at very low levels, contain significant amounts of xylene and benzene. A Boston fern is an excellent option for addressing those indoor pollutants and is also among the best plants for removing formaldehyde from the air. Boston ferns require a higher degree of care than many other houseplants and will need regular watering and feeding.
For those who are looking for a nearly self-sufficient potted plant, the rubber plant is hard to beat. These plants not only remove formaldehyde from the air, but they also do the job with very few demands. Rubber plants can tolerate low light and cool temperatures and will survive a spotty watering schedule.
Very few air purifying plants also flower, but the peace lily delivers benefits on both fronts. They produce delicate white blooms throughout the year and require little more than weekly watering. These plants are great at removing acetone and benzene from the air. Peace lilies are toxic to animals and are not a good fit for homes with indoor pets.
Few plants offer the versatility of the golden pothos. A vine, this plant is pretty in a hanging basket in front of a window, or placed on the floor in a large pot and trained to climb a trellis or other support. The large, waxy green leaves have yellow marbling. Golden pothos plants are great at scrubbing formaldehyde and other toxins from the air.
Toxins are present in virtually all homes and can emanate from car exhaust, carpeting, building materials and other common household objects. Combating these toxins can be as easy as purchasing some of the potted plants mentioned above. At Kitchen Tune-Up, we are proud to offer tips on how to improve the livability and comfort of your home. Feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns, or to learn more about our services.