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Air Purifying Plants: Make Them Part of Your Home Clean Air Strategy

Posted by Paul Wadsworth on Tue, Oct 22, 2013 @ 10:00 AM

Inside your greater Cleveland area home, pollutants can build up faster than outdoors. Some of these contaminants are from normal household items such as carpeting, shower curtains, pressed wood furniture and building materials. All of these can contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs) which are released into the air. One way to reduce these and improve indoor air quality is to add air purifying plants to the home.

Here are some of the best air purifying plants for the job:

  • plants for pure indoor airBoston fern: These beautiful ferns enjoy mildly indirect sunlight, which makes them suitable for many households. They help remove harmful chemicals such as formaldehyde and benzene.
  • Spider plant: Spider plants enjoy sunny rooms, and they'll reward good care by producing many offshoots from which you can grow new plants. Perfect for a kitchen, they remove many harmful gases, as well as some VOCs.
  • Aloe vera: Known mostly for its skin-healing properties, aloe is also beneficial for removing gaseous pollutants in the home.
  • English ivy: This ivy needs a lot of sunlight, so put it in a room that gets significant amounts of natural light. Ivy will remove many common chemical pollutants from indoor air.
  • Golden pothos: This common houseplant removes many VOCs. However, place it out of reach of children or animals, as it's toxic.
  • Chinese evergreen: A common houseplant, the Chinese evergreen handles minimal watering and filters out harmful substances from your home’s air.
  • Marginata: This thin-bladed plant boasts red and green leaves and filters formaldehyde and other toxins. It's toxic, like many houseplants, and should be placed out of reach of children and pets.
  • Snake plant: The pattern and shape of the glossy leaves slightly resembles a snake. It excels at removing formaldehyde and other toxic chemicals from the air.  

These plants will improve indoor air, but remember that they play only a part in improving air quality. Humidity control, routinely changing air filters, good sanitation, proper ventilation and HVAC maintenance also play important parts.

For more information about air purifying plants and other issues related to clean air and home comfort, please contact the pros at P.K. Wadsworth Heating & Cooling. We serve the greater Cleveland area.

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Paul WadsworthPaul Wadsworth is the President and Owner of P.K. Wadsworth Heating and Cooling. For 37 years, Paul has been providing heating and cooling services to the Greater Cleveland area. P.K. Wadsworth has been a trusted Cleveland HVAC service company for over 75 years. The company understand the area's construction and local heating and air conditioning needs. Paul has an MBA from the University of Michigan and a B.S., Industrial Engineering from Purdue University. Paul is the Chairman of COSE's Energy Advisory Council. He's been President of the Cleveland Air Conditioning Contractors of America and a founding member of the local chapter. Paul was born and raised in Cleveland and has been active in the local community. He resides in Cleveland, Ohio with his wife and two sons.

The opinions and statements contained in this article are for general informational purposes only and are not instructions. Only trained, licensed and experienced personnel should attempt installation/repair. The author assumes no liability for the opinions/statements made in this article. Any individual attempting a repair or installation based on this article does so at their own risk of loss.

photo credit: mellowynk 

Topics: Cleveland Home Comfort, improving indoor air quality, indoor air quality, air purifying plants

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