what are the best plants for indoor air quality?

January 20, 2021

Your home should be a relaxing and safe place where you’re guarded against the craziness of the world around you. However, there are sometimes threats to your health inside your Greenville home that can cause long-term illnesses that you can’t explain. That’s because the indoor air quality of many homes suffers due to various contaminants that come from a variety of sources.

For this reason, it is important to find ways to purify your home’s air. One of the best ways to keep your home’s air clean is to invest in some live plants. To help you choose the best plants for your home, here is a guide from Ken Parker Service, Inc. discussing the most effective plants to improve indoor air quality.

Why Choose Plants?

Unlike other types of home purification methods, plants require no electricity. Plus, plants are the only purification option that produces oxygen in addition to removing potentially harmful substances from the air. In addition, plants are generally inexpensive to obtain, meaning that you can assemble several plants for the same price as a single mechanical air purifier.

Of course, the mood-boosting benefits of plants are important to consider as well. After all, being surrounded by living things is a great way to improve your outlook on life, especially if you’re feeling down. Although they work more slowly than other types of air purifiers, plants are one option that shouldn’t be overlooked.

Important Characteristics of Good Indoor Plants

When you make the decision to add plants to your home, you want to be sure to buy the right plants for your home’s environment. This will ensure they survive and thrive, increasing their purifying power. Here are a few of the characteristics that we look for when we’re buying plants for our homes.

First of all, you want to be sure to select plants that can handle at least partial shade. That’s because indoor plants tend to receive filtered sunlight since your home’s windows are likely designed to block at least some of the sun’s light. Plus, as the earth rotates throughout the day, the sun will only shine through your home’s windows for limited periods of time, meaning that your plants need to be able to make the most of the sunlight that’s available.

It’s also good to find plants that can stand a range of temperatures since your home’s indoor temperature will fluctuate some throughout the year. Lastly, indoor plants should have large leaves so that they can take advantage of artificial light to help them grow.

Good Indoor Plants to Start With

While there are countless varieties of indoor plants to choose from, here are a few indoor plants that tend to be a little easier to care for.

The bamboo palm creates a tropical look in any room it’s placed in. Plus, it can grow to be fairly large, allowing it to have significant purifying capabilities. To add a little more interest to your home’s interior, you can opt for a Chinese evergreen. This plant features bright red and pink splotches on its leaves, adding a pop of color to go along with its purifying qualities. If you prefer a succulent for your indoor space, a good starting point is a plant called “mother-in-law’s tongue.” Hardier than most succulents, this plant can survive even in low-light conditions.

Caring for Your Plants

Part of the fun of having indoor plants is that it gives you something to care for to add some interest to an otherwise repetitive schedule. To ensure your plants get enough sunlight, we recommend opening curtains on windows that are close to your plants every day. It’s also important to make sure that you water your plants according to the recommended watering schedule for each individual plant. Since home humidity levels can vary widely, it’s a good idea to check the soil in each plant at least once a week to make sure the soil is still wet.

Offering Great Solutions for Home Comfort

At Ken Parker Service, Inc., we can help improve your home’s air quality even more with the installation of a whole-home air purifier. Plus, we can install, repair, and maintain furnaces and air conditioners of all types, including commercial units in Greenville, TX. The goal since our founding more than 40 years ago has simply been to provide the best service to every customer. It’s an approach that has earned us countless five-star customer reviews. To learn more about improving your home’s indoor air quality with plants, contact our team at Ken Parker Service, Inc. today.

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