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Plants that Improve Your Indoor Air Quality

While you might not realize it, your home is likely more polluted than the air outside. That’s because it’s tightly insulated and sealed, keeping in all the harmful chemicals and gases that pass throughout it. What’s worse, this bubble of polluted air can lead to ‘sick building syndrome’ if it’s not aired out regularly. In addition to ensuring that you have the appropriate ventilation, to ensure you have healthy indoor air quality, consider using these house plants to clean your home’s air.

Bamboo Palm

The bamboo palm, or the reed palm, is a small plant that thrives in indoor spaces that are shady. It’s able to produce flowers and small berries, and it’s known as one of the best plants for filtering out trichloroethylene and benzene. You can also place it close to furniture that might be emitting formaldehyde fumes.

Chinese Evergreen

If you don’t like tending to houseplants, but you still want to benefit from a plant that can clean your home’s air, then the Chinese Evergreen is just the one for you. Whether it’s poor light, dry air or not a lot of water, this houseplant will continue to grow while also filtering out many of the harmful VOCs in your home.

English Ivy

A recent study found that English ivy had been proven to filter out the formaldehyde found in common household cleaning products. While many botanists consider this plant an aggressive invader in the wild, it does a lot of good in your home.

Peace Lily

Simply stated, NASA – yes, NASA – considers the Peace Lily to be the best plant to use when trying to remove the three most harmful and common VOCs – benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene. What’s more, it can also fight against toluene, xylene and other biological pollutants that threaten your home’s indoor air quality.

For more information about how to improve your home’s indoor air quality, check out our list of IAQ services or contact us at 678-369-0500.

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