House Plants that can be kept inside your living room for Air purification
24th Mar 2019

What might your office or apartment have in common with a NASA spaceship? Unfortunately, the answer may be poor air quality. Indoor air pollutants have been ranked among the top five environmental risks to public health. Stagnant indoor environments allow pollutants to build up and stick around in greater amounts than we humans should be breathing in. Lucky for us, NASA scientists have been working to understand this problem and find solutions. Their space-age solution was an easy one that anyone can use: Use houseplants to clean the air.

What is the deal about?

Since most of the individual spend 90% of their time indoors, the quality of air matters. AC in office cabins, refrigerators, generators, Electronics and much more that we may not even expect emits harmful gases that are toxic to human life! The good news is that there’s an easy and affordable way to combat the presence of the yucky stuff we may be breathing in, and it comes right from the natural world. Plants purify air, making them part of what NASA calls "nature's life support system." Adding potted plants to a room has been shown to reduce the amount of air particulates.

So, how do houseplants clean the air? Plants absorb some of the particulates from the air at the same time that they take in carbon dioxide, which is then processed into oxygen through photosynthesis. But that’s not all—microorganisms associated with the plants are present in the potting soil, and these microbes are also responsible for much of the cleaning effect.  Beyond the quality of air, plants just make people feel better and positive. For example, hospital patients with plants in their rooms were more positive and had lower blood pressure and stress levels.
 

The ultimate Action Plan!
 

Some house plants need just minimal care. Each kind of plant has its own favorite environmental conditions, so look for a tag that comes with the plant or online to find out how much sunlight and water it will need. 

  1. Spider Plant

Spider plants are among the easiest houseplants to grow, making them a great choice for beginners or forgetful owners. A fan of bright, indirect sunlight, spider plants will send out shoots with flowers that eventually grow into baby spider plants. 

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2. Peace Lily

Peace lily plants are relatively small compared to many of the plants on this list, but they still pack some major air-cleaning abilities. Easy to grow, these plants will flower for much of the summer. Just be aware that those flowers (like all flowers) do contribute some pollen and floral scents to the air, so you may want to avoid having a room full of them. Put peace lilies in a shady spot and keep the soil moist without overwatering.

Pollutants removed: ammonia, benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene

3. Fern Plant

These plants prefer to clean the air from a cool location with high humidity and indirect light. They're relatively easy to grow, but they do need to stay moist. Check the Boston Fern’s soil daily to see if it needs water, and give it a good soak once per month.

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4. Bamboo Palm

 

A superstar of filtering formaldehyde, these palms thrive in full sun or bright light. Part of the reason they can filter so much air is that they can grow to be pretty big—as tall as four to 12 feet high, making them exciting and pet-friendly, indoor additions.

Pollutants removed: benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene

5. Aloe Vera

The most common and the most available plant is aloe vera. In addition to being easy to care for, aloe makes some serious health claims. The plant's leaves contain a clear liquid full of vitamins, enzymes, amino acids, and other compounds that have wound-healing, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties, and there is some evidence that aloe may help (and is unlikely to hurt) skin conditions like psoriasis.

Pollutants removed: formaldehyde

 

One wouldn’t need these plants to purify the air inside their apartment when their home is designed by Vijay Raja, who designs each home with maximum ventilation which shows the care towards our customer.