Between air conditioning and heating, our apartments can start to feel stuffy and stale. But adding some houseplants to your décor actually can help clean indoor air all year round, while improving the look of your home.
NASA studies have shown that plants have the ability to balance indoor humidity, absorb excess carbon dioxide and pollutants through the tiny openings in their leaves, and release oxygen. They're like living, breathing air purifiers, and they can be had for little money. What's more, how many air purifiers can you think of that actually improve the look of any space they're in?
Here is a short list of good indoor plants that will help clean the air, beautify your space and won't break the bank:
1. English Ivy
This hearty, climbing vine thrives in small spaces. It also fares well in rooms with few windows or little sunlight. Its dense foliage excels at absorbing formaldehyde-the most prevalent indoor pollutant, which shows up in wood floorboard resins and synthetic carpet dyes.
2. Peace Lily
Among the few air purifiers that flower, the peace lily adapts well to low light but requires weekly watering and is poisonous to pets. This year-round bloomer rids the air of the VOC benzene, a carcinogen found in paints, furniture wax, and polishes. It also sucks up acetone, which is emitted by electronics, adhesives, and certain cleaners.
3. Lady Palm
An easy-to-grow, tree-like species, the lady palm may take a while to start shooting upward. But once it does, its fan-like patterned leaves will add charm to any spot. Easy on the eyes, this plant targets ammonia, an enemy of the respiratory system and a major ingredient in cleaners, textiles, and dyes.
4. Snake Plant
This sharp-leafed plant thrives in low light. At night it absorbs carbon dioxide and releases oxygen (a reversal of the process most plants undergo). Pot a couple and put them in your bedroom for a slight oxygen boost while you sleep.
5. Spider Plant
A good option for beginning gardeners, the spider plant reproduces quickly, growing long, grassy leaves as well as hanging stems, which eventually sprout plantlets-hence its arachnid-inspired name. Put a spider plant on a pedestal or in a hanging basket close to a sunlit window and you'll benefit from fewer airborne formaldehyde and benzene molecules.
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