3 Houseplants for Cleaner Indoor Air

September 24, 2019

We all want to keep our homes in Denver, North Carolina, safe for our friends and family. Did you know that indoor air can be a source of harmful toxins? One way to clean your air is by growing purifying houseplants. Read on to learn which houseplants you can grow for cleaner indoor air.


Sansevieria is known for purifying the air during the night. Like most plants, it absorbs carbon dioxide and releases clean oxygen into your home. Keep Sansevieria in moderate to bright exposure. As a result, it’ll grow up to four feet tall with very little maintenance.

Spider Plant

Another excellent indoor houseplant is the Spider Plant,. It helps reduce air pollutants including benzene, formaldehyde and carbon monoxide. The Spider Plant is very easy to maintain and will flourish in bright, indirect light.

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera works as an indoor air quality monitor. If there are high levels of harmful chemicals in the air, Aloe Vera leaves will start to develop brown spots. This plant grows well in direct sunlight and can reach one to two feet high.

Toxic Plants to Avoid

Though many houseplants are excellent indoor air cleaners, several are also toxic when ingested. Some toxic plants include:

  • Peace Lilly.
  • Pothos (Devil’s Ivy).
  • Sago Palm.
  • English Ivy.

These can be poisonous to children and pets. Therefore, you should keep them well out of reach to avoid accidental consumption.

Improving IAQ

While houseplants are beneficial in filtering or monitoring VOCs in your air, the filter in your HVAC system works the best to keep out dust and other pollutants. However, if the filter clogs, it won’t be able to catch dust and particles before your HVAC system blows impure air throughout your home. Make sure your filter is clean so it can do its job to keep your indoor air clean and healthy.

Work toward improving your indoor air quality by caring for one or more houseplants. Also, check and replace your HVAC system’s filter to catch those dirty air particles. Call Bradham Brothers, Inc. today at at (704) 912-1456 to improve your indoor air quality.

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