Poor air quality is a problem we all face on a daily basis when spending time indoors, whether in the home or at work. Fortunately, there's an easy way to help clear the air - and add a little greenery to your home in the process. The answer? Houseplants! From air pollution to humidity, opt for a natural solution, with these house plants which boast air purifying and dehumidifying properties.
Low maintenance and visually appealing, the Peace Lily is a fantastic houseplant for both dehumidifying and air purifying purposes. Its large green leaves absorb moisture from the air, while also taking in two pollutants often found in the home: Benzene and Trichloroethylene. Its air purifying qualities have even been tested (and proven!) by NASA, so you know this is one plant which will get the job done.
Multi-tasking comes naturally to this popular house plant, which helps to balance out humidity levels in the home; absorbs formaldehyde; and works to remove airborne fecal matter (for this reason, it's well placed in bathrooms). It also makes a visual impact, with its lovely sprawling leaves and classic appearance. Display in a hanging basket for a beautiful effect and to allow the ivy to catch moisture as it rises.
With long, narrow leaves which appear in various shades of green, white and yellow, the Spider Plant (also known as the Airplane Plant or Ribbon Plant) is popular for its stunning appearance and ease of care. While it can help to regulate humidity levels, where the Spider Plant really excels is in its ability to remove harmful toxins from the air. Levels of formaldehyde, a chemical often found in the home, can drop by up to 90% thanks to the Spider Plant.
Another houseplant which requires little attention, the Boston Fern thrives in more humid environments. As a result, it will soak up humidity in the air, and may even need a little extra by way of a tray filled with pebbles and water, or weekly mistings. The Boston Fern is also effective when it comes to getting rid of pollutants in the air, such as xylene and benzene.
With their beautiful blooms and ability to flower throughout the year, Orchids are great for adding a little colour into the home no matter the season. However, as well as looking stunning, these popular houseplants are also able to claim the added benefit of purifying the air around them. During the night, orchids release oxygen into the air and for this reason, they make for a brilliant bedroom plant.
Intrigued? If you want to clear the air in your home with houseplants, pop in and pick up your favourite - our garden experts will be happy to help with any queries you may have.