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Plants that Improve Indoor Air Quality

by Todd & Lisa McLain 09/26/2019

Photo by Karolina Grabowska via Pixabay

House plants can add color and texture to your home and allow you to bring a touch of nature indoors, but some can also help improve the air quality in your home. According to a study from NASA, choosing one of these plants allows you to enjoy the added beauty and breathe easier at home, too.

5 Plants that Improve Indoor Air Quality

Plants improve indoor air quality by removing or neutralizing chemicals that may be present in the air. Building materials, cleaning products, home furnishings and other items can all release fumes into the home; even if you don’t smell them, you are breathing them in. The following plants are top air purifiers and neutralize a surprising amount of these harmful substances.

  • Boston Fern: Fast growing and easy to care for, this textural beauty is also one of the top air purifiers; Boston Fern removes more formaldehyde from the air than any other plant studied. Formaldehyde can appear in upholstery foam, paints, rugs and more.
  • Rubber Plants: These potent air cleansers also make wonderful plants for rooms without direct sunlight. If you’re having a tough time finding sunny spots for plants, choose a rubber plant – they can’t bear direct sun, instead preferring the cool comfort of a dimmer room.
  • English Ivy: Cultivate this easy care plant if you want to improve your home’s air quality, but don’t have the world’s greenest thumb. Ivy grows quickly and climbs, making it ideal for training to a frame or topiary – it also won’t mind if you forget to water it for a day or more.
  • Peace Lily: While most of the potent air purifiers are pure greenery, peace lily has striking white flowers that can help accent your home. This delicate looking purifier is a favorite for bridal bouquets and decorations, and is surprisingly robust for growing in the home, too. Peace lilies do require some attention, but if you are willing to water daily, it could make an elegant and striking air purifier for your home. Skip this one if you have curious pets, though; the leaves can cause stomach upset if eaten.
  • Spider Plant: This hearty variety also reproduces swiftly; the babies can be potted and create even more natural purifying power for your home. Spider plants are pet safe, easy to care for and add both color and texture to their décor, making them a natural choice for any home.

Choosing a few plants from the list can help you breathe easy and feel more comfortable at home. Incorporating these easy care plants into your home décor will help have a more natural, greener environment in more ways than one.

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Todd & Lisa McLain

Todd McLain is proud to be the leader of The McLain Group at RE/MAX Properties, Inc. He is a third generation Colorado native and truly loves the lifestyle this beautiful part of the country offers. He graduated summa cum laude from the University of Colorado. Before joining the real estate profession 18 years ago, he was a teacher in Cherry Creek Schools and Academy School District and was nominated twice for Disney’s American Teacher Award. Lisa, originally from Minnesota, has called Colorado home for 30 years. It was her training to become a Registered Dietitian that brought them to the Pikes Peak Region nearly 27 years ago and they are convinced there isn’t a better place to raise a family. At any given time, they may be found hiking, biking or snowmobiling, enjoying friends, family and church events or visiting their sons, now busy college students in Washington and Texas. 

Todd and Lisa are experienced professionals committed to providing their clients with superior real estate service throughout the home buying and selling processes. They provide current and accurate information, expert analyses and intelligent problem solving to empower their clients to achieve their real estate goals. They invest in understanding clients’ goals and in building long term relationships by providing value to the client and demonstrating respect for their clients’ interests and objectives. Todd and Lisa measure success by repeat business and the referrals to family and friends received from past clients.