Best Indoor Plants for Air Quality and Low Lights
If you want to have plants in your home and office to green up your life and improve your air quality, but you’re concerned about the low light level in your living and working spaces, then we’ve got some helpful suggestions for you! The good news is that there are many species of plants which are known to actually clean the air around them, and they don’t require a lot of light to grow and work their amazing environment-cleansing powers. Some of them don’t even require much maintenance, so they’re ideal for plant owners who tend to forget about the plants while they’re taking care of the many more pressing tasks of family life and office work. Here are five of the best indoor plants for air quality and low light to get you started on your spring search for a new green friend to brighten your space and clean your air:
- Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum): This plant should actually never be put into direct sunlight because it could burn the leaves, so it’s an ideal choice for someone who wants to have a low-light friend. NASA found that this plant is the most effective at eliminating Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) which can have negative long-term effects on your family’s health. You only have to water it around once a week and you can just stick it in a shady corner and let it do its thing. You should note that this plant can, however, be toxic to humans and animals if it’s eaten – so if you have kids or pets, make sure it’s inaccessible to them to prevent any illness.
- Boston Fern (Nephrolepsis exaltata): This beautiful fern removes toxic particles from the air, including toluene, xylene and formaldehyde. It does best with a medium amount of sunlight and is ideal for the plant owner who wants a hanging basket or a fun plant to spread its leaves from a shelf or other decorative spot in your home or office.
- Chinese Evergreen (Aglaonema modestum): This versatile air-cleansing plant grows in many different environmental conditions and it comes in a wide variety of shapes, sizes and leaf patterns to fit your indoor décor. Best of all, it doesn’t require a lot of maintenance and it grows slowly so you don’t need to worry about it outgrowing the space where you start it in your home or office. While it grows in low light, you can place it in brighter areas too.
- Devil’s Ivy (Epipremnum aureum): This plant is also called “Golden Pothos” and it is easy to care for. Just hang or place it where it will get indirect sunlight and keep the soil moist. While it cleans the air of common compounds such as benzene and other toxic airborne particles, it can also be harmful to your pets, so make sure to keep it out of their reach.
- Lady Palm (Rhapis excelsa): This is a great larger option for a dark corner of your home or office: the Lady Palm can grow up to about six feet tall and it requires little maintenance on your part. From low light to overwatering to different temperatures, this is a hardy, beautiful and air-cleansing plant that will brighten up any home or office space.
You may not know this, but your indoor air quality is actually many more times polluted than the air outside! This is because you’re in a closed environment where airborne allergens and all sorts of toxic contaminants can be trapped for weeks or months at a time. Without regular attention and maintenance, the air quality in your home and office can have a negative impact on the health and happiness of your family and coworkers from mold and other threats to the human respiratory system. While indoor plants can help maintain a healthy environment, they can’t compensate for a routine, thorough air duct cleaning and dryer vent cleaning service.
AdvantaClean has been the leader in providing higher indoor air quality for 25 years – since 1994, we’ve been providing home and business owners with the best air duct cleaning, dryer vent cleaning and other moisture control services that make your living and working spaces as clean and healthy as possible. We use the most sophisticated technology available, but our people are what make the real difference: we take indoor air quality seriously because we know how much we want our own families and coworkers to breathe healthy, clean air. Contact us today so we can get to work for you and your loved ones right away – remember, it’s not clean unless it’s AdvantaClean!
More info? For more information on improving indoor air quality, check out our other post: HOW TO REDUCE YOUR EXPOSURE TO VOCs
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