Indoor air quality is not just something to worry about for your family and visiting friends, but for yourself! With improvements in home technology (such as insulation) our homes are becoming veritable bubbles from the outside; however, the air quality inside can be worse than outside! This is due to the many chemicals our furniture, appliances, and even clothing is treated with.
Cleaning the air inside your home might sound simple – just install a clean air filter in your ventilation system, right? Unfortunately, many common home air filters are ineffective in cleaning the air in your home, particularly if you live in an apartment (where your ventilation system may not be under your full control), work from home, or have poor air-flow through your home.
In addition to updating your air ventilation system and opening the windows more throughout the home (pending severe weather), consider bringing inside more houseplants, which are amazing air purifiers!
“English ivy [Hedera helix] is probably the number one houseplant to clean air,” said Paul, a City Floral Garden Center employee in our Good Day Good Garden video. “It will clean formaldehyde, xylene, benzene, and carbon monoxide.” Many of these chemical compounds are found in everyday household items like cleaning products, furniture, and more.
City Floral Garden Center in Denver, CO, also carries another powerful air purifying plant: Aglaonema modestum (Chinese evergreen). This plant is shown to clean out formaldehyde and benzene from the air in your home and is easy to care for (which makes it a good housewarming gift for friends).
Another good air purifying plant is Chlorophytum comosum (Spider plant), which has long narrow green leaves with either a white stripe down the center of each leaf (Vittatum) or around the margins (Variegatum). The spider plant is a great houseplant particularly if you don’t have a green thumb as it’s quite resilient!
Each air purifying plant highlighted above was initially compiled in a NASA review in 1989 titled the NASA Review Study, which you can read more about in detail here. Learn more about caring for this special air-purifying plants when you come into City Floral at 1440 Kearney Street in Denver.