From dust and humidity to mold spores and VOCs (volatile organic compounds), hidden particles, moisture, bacteria, and chemicals may be contaminating your air. These contaminants not only affect your home's indoor air quality - they can also affect your health and wellness, especially if you or your family members suffer from allergies.
While surprising to learn, 10 to 30 percent of adults and 40 percent of children in the United States suffer from hay fever associated with one or more allergens. Living with allergy symptoms is possible, but it may involve a bit of discomfort and medications. Fortunately, you can reduce your allergy symptoms by improving your indoor air quality with one or more plants. Here are a few plants that are effective for purifying your indoor air.
1. English Ivy
English Ivy is an excellent plant to consider for your home. This attractive plant can be trained to grow in a variety of unique ways, such as up and over a doorway or across your kitchen cabinets. While it is both easy to grow and attractive, English Ivy is also one of the best plants for air purification.
English Ivy is capable of reducing mold and fungal growth in your home's air. In addition, the plant purifies air that may contain harmful chemicals, such as formaldehyde, toluene, xylene, and benzene.
Caring for your English Ivy plant is simple, since it does not require a great deal of water. Spritzing the plant with water every 15 days or so should be sufficient.
2. Bamboo Palm
The Bamboo palm is also a great plant for your home because it can rid the air of excess humidity, dust, and formaldehyde. Fortunately, this plant also makes a great statement in your home, since it is so appealing.
Depending on the variety of bamboo palm you choose, the plant can grow to heights of 3 to 20 feet. Although it is durable, the bamboo palm will experience stress if the roots do not have enough space to grow and thrive. Therefore, if the plant looks too large for its current pot, it may be time to relocate it to a larger pot so the roots have sufficient space.
Another thing to consider with your bamboo palm is the placement. Avoid placing the potted palm in an area of your house that receives full sun all throughout the day. Part sun and part shade is a better option for the bamboo palm.
You may believe the main purpose of orchids is to look beautiful, but this elegant flowering plant can benefit your health and wellness, too. Orchids have purifying properties, which rid the air of harmful VOCs and other allergens that may be affecting you and your family's skin, eyes, and respiratory systems.
In addition to improving your indoor air quality, orchids release oxygen at night as opposed to carbon dioxide, which helps you sleep. Improving your ability and quality of sleep can improve your overall health and emotional wellness.
One thing to remember when arranging orchids in your home is that they love the sun. Place a potted orchid on a table by a window or arrange a few in a sunroom.
4. Peace Lily
Another elegant plant that adds beauty to your home while purifying the air is the Peace lily. If you suffer from allergies and respiratory issues related to the presence of formaldehyde, benzene, oils, dyes, detergents, gas, synthetic fibers, and tobacco smoke, a Peace lily plant in your home will be a great investment.
Thankfully, the Peace lily is also beautiful. These plants feature long green stalks with blooms of crisp white flowers, adding texture and elegance to any area of your home.
To beautify and purify your home, contact us at Creative Greenery to get started adding plants to your home.