A breath of fresh air

Posted on Dec 27 2018 in Backyard

Winter is the worst time of year for indoor air quality. House plants do more than simply make your home look better. These plants can help make your home healthier and better for you to live in by improving the air quality.

Dracaena is a long striped plant that can easily thrive in your home because it only needs small amounts of sun and moderate watering. 

However, it offers your home a range of benefits. Dracaena eliminates trichloroethylene, which comes from varnish and solvents. These chemicals are also found in printing inks and adhesives. When present in your home, they can cause headaches, dizziness, vomiting and drowsiness, which could lead to a coma with long-term exposure.

The Snake Plant is one of the few plants that turn carbon dioxide into oxygen during the night. 

It’s best placed in bedrooms and living rooms because it removes formaldehyde from the air, which can come from wood furniture and carpets. Placement in the bedroom will also help you have a better night’s sleep.

If you have trouble keeping plants alive, you’ll love the Golden Pothos. 

This plant is quite hard to kill and the vines grow quickly, which makes it a great hanging plant or one that is placed on an elevated surface. It’s considered to be one of the best starter plants for indoor plant newbies. Like the Snake Plant, the Golden Pothos is able to remove formaldehyde from the air, and it doubles as an effective carbon monoxide remover. 

The Dragon Tree is very popular in office spaces and homes because of its attractive look. 

You can even pot a number of these plants together and train them to grow into a braid. The Dragon Tree has amazing purifying powers, but you’ll need to be careful if you have cats and dogs as it can be toxic to them if they eat it. It pulls xylene from the air, which is a chemical released by cigarettes, car exhausts, and paints. Short-term exposure to xylene can cause irritation in the throat, heart problems, kidney damage and confusion.

English Ivy is a great indoor plant because it spreads easily.

It’s also very versatile when it comes to growing conditions and will not require much maintenance. This plant is recommended for households where there are smokers. The ivy is able to eliminate carcinogens from the air which is caused by second-hand smoke. This air purification is good for the lungs and for any children in the house. English Ivy is also able to remove trichloroethylene from the air and benzene.