How to improve the air quality of your home

Air pollution is an issue of major concern. Not only air outside the house, but air inside the house is also being continuously polluted by several harmful substances which have adverse effect on human health. In fact, indoor air is more polluted then outdoor air. Plants provide better filtering of air and make us feel the presence of nature around us. Here are few plants that will add greenery to your house and enhance its air quality.


1.  Areca Palm (Chrysalidocarpus lutescens):

This attractive looking plant is capable of removing the air toxins and regulates humidity by releasing moisture. It also removes salt from the soil. It requires minimal care and it is pest resistant as well. It requires moderate heat and grows at a temperature of 65-75 degrees.


2.  Dwarf Date Palm (Phoenix roebelenii):

This plant is characterized by slow growth and grows up to a height of 6 feet. It is especially useful in removing xylene from the air. Xylene enters the air from various sources such as adhesives, wall coverings, paints, etc. It grows best in a temperature of 75 degrees but cannot grow below 50 degrees.


3. Boston Fern (Nephrolepis exaltata):

It is a non- flowering plant and grows best in hanging baskets or on a base. It works best in removing chemicals from air and maintaining its humidity. It requires regular misting and optimal temperature for growth is 65-75 degrees. The temperature required during night is 50 – 65 degrees.


4. Peace Lily (Spathyphyllum sp.):

This plant bears white, shell shaped flowers and is one of the best indoor growing plants. You can easily look after this beautiful plant and it is an excellent chemical remover. It grows best in a temperature of 60-75 degrees.


5. Dracena “Janet Craig” (Dracena deremensis): 

This plant removes trichloroethylene, released in the air by photocopiers and other similar devices. There are different varieties of the plant depending on their height. The height varies from 10 feet in the larger plants to 1-3 feet in the smaller ones. It can even grow in less sunlight at a temperature of 60-75 degrees but not less than 50 degrees.


Growing beautiful plants in your house not only adds to its beauty but also prevent the air inside your house from being contaminated by the various pollutants.

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