5 Air-Purifying Plants for Your Home
Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh-chooooooooo! Bless you. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh-chooooooooo! Gesundheit.
Ahhhhhhh…. Okay okay. Someone get some tissues and plants in here. Yes, plants. They’ll brighten up a room and make your indoor space feel more like outside, but the real benefit comes in the air-purifying qualities. Here are five plants that will help rid your air of toxins, allergens and sneezy friends.
NASA scientists conducted a study to determine the best plants for better indoor air quality. The winner? Chrysanthemums. The Mum removes a plethora of unwanted allergens and chemicals from the air including ammonia, benzene, formaldehyde and xylene. Once it’s bloomed, you can plant it outside. Win-win.
Dracaena plants offer more than 40 different options in all shapes and sizes so you can find the one that fits your style. This plant can be harmful to your furry friends so skip this one if you have cats or dogs or a friend who really needs to use that Groupon you got him for his overgrown chest hair. Trim it up, Todd!
Don’t let the name fool you. This plant is very real. And it’s spectacular. Rubber plants don’t need much sun and are some of the best plants around for removing formaldehyde. It's perfect for the windowless office your company put you in after you gently reminded your boss for the umpteenth time to finally use that Groupon. Loosen up, Todd!
We’ve all been there. You didn’t rub spray sunscreen in so now you have red splotches and your friends are making fun of you and can’t stop pointing and laughing. To heal, you probably used aloe, the gel taken from an aloe plant — good luck healing the emotional scarring from all that laughing and pointing. Not only is aloe used to help heal topical wounds, but the plant is an easy-to-grow succulent that helps clear formaldehyde and benzene, byproducts of chemical-based cleaners.
The flowery gerber daisy has proven effective at getting rid of trichloroethylene — aka a residual chemical found on most dry cleaning pickups. Starched khakis or no starched khakis, this daisy will also filter out benzene in your home. Put it in a pot that can drain, mist it a few times a week and place it in direct sunlight for six hours a day. Do that and you could say you’re takin’ care of business and then we can end this metaphor.
The Bonus One That Isn’t a Plant, But Works Best: A Hiller Maintenance Plan
Get your A/C unit regularly serviced to keep your home’s air quality as clean as it can be. On a Hiller Maintenance plan, an experienced technician will: - Clean and inspect unit and all working parts - Inspect all duct work, filter and air flow - Test temperature and calibrate thermostat - Inspect and tighten all connections - Lubricate mechanical components
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