Top Plants to Improve Indoor Air Quality

Having plants indoors are not only brings life to your interior but there are calming and relaxing qualities about the natural beauty of plants. The physical and psychological benefits of a closer connection to nature are countless. Beyond the health benefits, access to the natural environment increases individual productivity between 3‐18% and reduce absenteeism between 9‐71%.

These positive effects seem to increase with tropical house plants which are not only visually striking to affecting our mood, that they are also very efficient at using the minimal resources available to them to complete their photosynthesis. Tropicals tend to absorb more light, moisture and gasses through their leaves than other plants, thereby doing a better job of purifying the air around them as they change the carbon dioxide in the air into oxygen.

For maximum formaldehyde removal research reported on for the LEED system suggests in descending order of toxin removal potential: the Dwarf date palm, Bamboo palm, Janet Craig, English ivy, Weeping fig, Peace lily, Areca palm, Corn plant and the Lady palm.

How many tropical plants are needed to clean the air?
In general, an average 1500 square feet home, needs 16 or more house plants contained in eight inch pots to clean the air. Studies even recommend using up to 20 plants (NASA 1989). Keep in mind that good air circulation in the home will greatly improve the plants’ abilities to cleanse the air properly.

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