Clearing the Air: Stylish Air Purifiers to Elevate Your Home Decor
Updated: May 5
Indoor air pollution has the potential to be as detrimental as outdoor air pollution, making it equally concerning to our well-being. Traces of pollutants such as dust, mold spores, and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are often found in the air system of your office and home. These can lead to a range of health problems. You can improve your indoor air quality by adding air purifying indoor plants to your decor.
Air purifying indoor plants are houseplants that have been shown to remove pollutants from the air. They work by absorbing the harmful chemicals through their leaves and roots and breaking them down into harmless compounds. In addition to improving air quality, indoor plants have been shown to reduce stress and improve mood, making them a great addition to any home or office. Not to mention the aesthetic quality they add to your interior design.
Though non-native to Florida, one of the most effective air purifying indoor plants found at your local garden center, is the snake plant (Sansevieria trifasciata). This plant is capable of removing formaldehyde, benzene, and xylene from the air. It is also incredibly resilient and can tolerate low light conditions, making it a great choice for busy households or offices. The snake plant is also known for its ability to produce oxygen at night, making it a great plant to keep in bedrooms.
Another effective air purifying indoor plant is the peace lily (Spathiphyllum). Often referenced to as the funeral plant for its symbolization of peace and tranquility. The peace lily is known for its ability to remove a wide range of pollutants from the air, including ammonia, benzene, and formaldehyde. Additionally, peace lilies are easy to care for and can sustain low light conditions, making them a great choice for dimly lit rooms.
The spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum) is another popular air purifying indoor plant. This plant is capable of removing formaldehyde, carbon monoxide, and benzene from the air. The spider plant is low-maintenance and can tolerate a range of light and temperature conditions making it self-sustaining and great for beginners.
In addition to these plants, there are several others that are known for their air purifying properties. These include the famous Monstera Deliciosa, Boston fern (Nephrolepis exaltata), the bamboo palm (Chamaedorea seifrizii), and the rubber plant (Ficus elastica). When choosing an air purifying indoor plant, it is important to consider your specific needs and the conditions of your space. Some plants require lighter or humidity than others, so be sure to choose a plant that will thrive in your environment.
In addition to their air purifying properties, indoor plants offer a range of other benefits. For one, they can help to reduce stress and improve mood. Studies have shown that exposure to plants can lower blood pressure, reduce stress, and improve overall well-being. Playing in the dirt even boosts serotonin levels. Additionally, plants can improve the aesthetic appeal of a space and make it feel more welcoming and inviting.
When caring for air purifying indoor plants, it is important to provide them with the right conditions. Most indoor plants prefer bright, indirect light and well-draining soil. It is also important to water them appropriately, as overwatering can lead to root rot and other issues. Be sure to follow the specific care instructions for your plant to ensure it thrives.
Give life to your house, office or apartment with a fun air purifying indoor plant and effectively remove a wide range of pollutants from your air source. Remember, planting and gardening offer a range of other benefits as well. When choosing an air purifying indoor plant, be sure to consider your specific needs and the conditions of your space and choose a plant that will thrive in your environment. With the right care and attention, your house plants can help create a healthier and more enjoyable living and working space.
*Note, the plants listed above are considered invasive (non-native) species in many areas of North America, especially here in South Florida. They are meant for indoor-use or house plants only. For more information on how to find outdoor plants native to your area, visit Native Plants (By Zip Code) - Native Plants Finder (nwf.org)
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Written by Rachel Taylor