Bringing indoor plants into your home not only adds character and a bit of nature to the space, but they’re literally a breath of fresh air. It turns out that your favorite houseplants are doing their part to keep your home looking beautiful. and healthy space. What could be better than adding personality and charm to your home while improving air quality? It’s a win-win.
Erin Marino, Editorial Manager and Plant Expert at The Sill, told us how houseplants can improve indoor air quality.
“Through photosynthesis, plants take up carbon dioxide and release oxygen,” she explained. “Through transpiration, plants increase humidity.
She also noted that there had been a lot of talk around houseplants removing volatile organic compounds from indoor air.
“Houseplants aren’t the final answer to better air quality, but they absolutely can be part of the solution,” said Marino.
“They have the ability to exchange water and gases with their environment,” she explained. “Plants capture these indoor pollutants and convert them into stored energy, releasing naturally filtered air as a by-product. They do this by absorbing pollutants through their leaves and transmitting the toxins to their roots where they are converted into a food source.
Marino said some people hypothesize that larger, more leafy plants are better at improving indoor air quality. However, she noted that little research has been done to compare different species of plants in this way.
“Most of the studies, including the famous NASA experiment in 1989, were conducted in sealed and controlled environments, making translation difficult in our day-to-day conditions,” she said.
Still, you can absolutely benefit from providing plants indoors.
“Other studies have shown that houseplants can improve your mood, reduce your stress, and even make you a more productive employee,” said Marino. “Even brief exposure to nature can cause an unconscious calming effect.”
Because winter is a wonderful time to add lush greenery to your home and make your surroundings a little more lively, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite, low-maintenance, air-purifying houseplants, including many are even safe for your furry friends. be around.
A living room palm
A zz plant
A snake plant
A boston fern
A ric-rac cactus