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Houseplants that May Improve Indoor Air Quality

HouseplantsImproveIndoorAirQuality-(1).jpgIf you’ve been following our blog, you probably know how air purifiers, humidifiers, dehumidifiers and regular HVAC maintenance can make an impact on your indoor air quality. But, did you know that adding a few houseplants to your space could also give you a boost in that department?
Thanks to studies performed by NASA throughout the 1970s and ‘80s, we know that, in addition to producing oxygen, some species of plants can filter VOCs like ammonia, benzene and formaldehyde, as well as dust and other pollutants from indoor environments. One of the lead scientists in this research, Dr. Bill Wolverton, has gone on to publish multiple books on the subject, including How to Grow Fresh Air: 50 houseplants that purify your home or office.
Here, we’ve listed ten popular plant species for improving indoor air quality, but there are many more options available to fit your décor, maintenance style and light availability. Please note, some of these plants may be toxic to house pets.
Florist Chrysanthemum
Peace Lily
Variegated Snake Tongue
Gerbera Daisy
English Ivy
Dracaena (various)
Lady Palm
Aloe Vera
Boston Fern
Chinese Evergreen
For more information about indoor air quality enhancements, please call ARS®/Rescue Rooter® at 1-800-277-9400 to speak with one of our Comfort Advisors.
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