Plants to Improve the Air Quality in Your Home

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Plants remove harmful carbon dioxide in exchange for providing us with the life-giving air we breathe. Did you know that the presence of certain plants can dramatically improve your home’s air quality by removing toxins? Green living spaces are considered one of the hottest 2017 home design trends. Here are six plants you can use in your home that serve as natural air purifiers:

1. Aloe Vera

This gel of this sun-loving plant helps heal and disinfect cuts and minor skin burns in addition to helping detect and clear toxins and indoor pollutants. That’s right! The leaves of aloe vera plants often become spotty when chemical invaders become excessive in the home. It’s a living toxin detector that serves double duty as an air purifier.

2. Peace Lily

These blooming house plants are a lovely way to tastefully decorate your home or office while humidifying indoor spaces. Peace lilies can also improve indoor air quality. They can remove formaldehyde, benzene and certain volatile organic compounds (VOCs) emitted by cleansers and some home improvement projects involving the addition or removal of paints and stains. Warning — the leaves can be poisonous, so use caution in areas with pets or children present.

3.  Snake Plant

Snake plants reduce levels of formaldehyde, benzene and carbon monoxide while boosting oxygen levels that promotes greater concentration levels and a better night’s sleep. If only it could eliminate occasional lashings of a mother-in-law’s tongue, the snake plants alternative name.

The leaves of aloe vera plants often become spotty when chemical invaders become excessive in the home. It’s a living toxin detector that serves double duty as an air purifier.

4. Red-Edged Dracaena

Decorate with red-edged dracaena if you have high ceilings in spaces, as this lovely plant can reach heights up to 15 feet. Beautiful red-outlined leaves help eradicate gasses resulting from xylene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene.

5.  Spider Plant

No green thumb is necessary to enjoy the benefits of easy-to-grow and rapidly self-multiplying spider plants. Aptly named due to its long grassy leaves and spider-like hanging stems, this lovely plant reduces airborne benzene and formaldehyde molecules. The hanging shooters are easy to root and one spider plant can give you dozens of these beauties quickly.

6.  Lady Palm

These beautiful tree-like species add tasteful charm to just about any space. Lady palms have a remarkable ability to filter toxins including ammonia from the air, so you can breathe easier and suffer less from respiratory issues.

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You don’t need a complete home remodel to get in on current design trends or purchase costly purification systems to breathe less toxic air. Some well-informed indoor plant selections can help you achieve both goals with ease. Want to learn more about current trends in custom home designs? Call PHW Homes today at 778-898-6014 for additional information.

 

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