How Do Indoor Plants Impact Indoor Air Quality?

Did you know indoor air is often more polluted than outdoor air? Everything from the paint on your walls to the adhesives you use to hang pictures can emit harmful toxins into the air. Fortunately, it’s not as difficult as many people think to improve indoor air quality. In fact, you can use plants to help improve the quality of air in your St. Cloud, Florida, home. Keep reading to learn about the various ways in which indoor plants impact indoor air quality.

Do Indoor Plants Clean the Air?

It’s long been known that some indoor plants clean the air of carbon dioxide. This alone is a good enough reason to start raising plants inside your home. Some research also indicates that certain houseplants can remove other toxins from the air, including formaldehyde and benzene.

While many would think newer homes would have cleaner indoor air, the opposite is actually true much of the time. Newer homes are often sealed very tightly, which limits the amount of fresh air that can make its way into the home. As a result, indoor air becomes polluted very quickly.

With indoor plants, you can take advantage of a process called phytoremediation. This process removes environmental airborne toxins from the air through the use of plants. The benefits of indoor plants don’t stop here. They are also known to reduce stress and reduce certain symptoms associated with many health conditions.

How to Use Indoor Plants to Improve Indoor Air Quality

There are certain types of plants that do a better job at removing indoor air pollutants. These plants include:

  • Peace lilies
  • English ivy
  • Aloe vera
  • Golden pothos
  • Areca palms

In addition to using indoor plants, consider pairing this method with an air purification system to further improve indoor air quality.

Frank’s Air Conditioning specializes in a variety of HVAC services, including indoor air purification products. To learn more about improving your home’s indoor air quality, give us a call.

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