Decrease the amount of harmful polluted air at home by increasing your indoor air quality with house plants. Pollution levels on the planet are rising and if you live in a busy city full of construction, you can encounter polluted air many times a day. Everyone, even if you’re a healthy person, can experience health impacts from polluted air including respiratory irritation and breathing difficulties. Polluted air is not only outside, but also gets inside your home or your office space. By placing more house plants indoor, carbon dioxide will be removed from the air and replaced with oxygen, improving the air you breathe.
One of the most well-known and undisputed benefits of having house plants is their ability to purify air. By choosing air purifying plants you will improve your indoor oxygen levels and also remove harmful pollutants and toxins, such as formaldehyde, benzene and ammonia from the air. But it does not end there. Scientist say that being around plants also has great effect on your mood, reduces stress, relieves aches and pain and can even improve concentration.
We are only beginning to understand the impact indoor air quality has on our mental health yet the introduction of indoor plants to improve indoor air and reduce pollution, already points to positive outcomes, including:
- An increase in mood and productivity
- An enhance in concentration and memory
- A reduce of stress and fatigue complaints
You benefit the most when you include a variety of plants in one room. We have made a collection of our five favorite air purifying house plants.
The Peace Lily is an ideal house plant if you love flowers but don’t want to buy bouquets every other week. Aside from being beautiful and charming the Peace Lilly also has the amazing ability to detoxify your air and soaking up mould spores. By soaking up water and re-releasing it back into their environment they moisten the air, making them ideal if you find the air in your home too dry.
Succulents have become very popular over the years. Not very surprising as they are low maintenance, resistant to dry weather and purify the air. Succulents can help remove toxins, improve airflow, and humidify dry indoor air. If you are planning on becoming a succulent house plant owner, we recommend reading our blog about the best succulents for indoors.
The Calathea is a popular house plant, generally easy to care for, looks great, and brightens up indoor spaces. Apart from its beautiful appearance, it also purifies the surrounding air and filters out a multitude of compounds that are more or less poisonous. Some call the Calathea the ‘living plant’, this house plant has earned this nickname by opening and closing her leaves on the rhythm of day and night. When the Calathea closes or opens her leaves, some can even hear the rustling sound.
Searching for the perfect bedroom plant and you don’t mind giving your house plant a bit more attention? Then the Orchid is a perfect plant for you. The Orchid purifies the air by removing xylene from the air and releasing oxygen. As the Orchid also releases oxygen at night, it’s the perfect house plant for your bedroom. In general, the Orchid is considered a high-maintenance and difficult plant, yet some state the opposite is true. What is your experience?
The Strelitzia is known by many names such as the Bird of Paradise, the Bird’s Head flower and the Crane Flower. This Bird of Paradise is a flowering houseplant and is from the same family as the banana plant. The Strelitzia is more of an oxygen producing plant then purely an air-purifying plant. The larger the leaf of this house plant, the better its capacity to produce oxygen!
At Plaza Hollandi we have the perfect collection of air purifying house plants. Check out our Indoor Plant Collection or browse our Instagram for more inspiration. What is your favourite air purifying house plant?