The Three Plants That Will Improve Your Home Air

June 4, 2010 at 5:00 am 64 comments

Spring is here and the garden centers are open. It’s time to get some plants, especially for inside your home.

Indoor plants are really important. There are chemicals in and on almost everything you buy. If your air is not replenished with fresh air, it can be mildly toxic. But, with the right mix of plants, your air can be cleaned and oxygenated around the clock.

With as little as these three plants, you can have this perfect mix:

  • Areca palm – (Chrysalidocarpus lutescens)
  • Snake plant or mother-in-law’s tongue – (Sansevieria trifasciata ‘Laurentii’)
  • Golden pothos or Devil’s ivy – (Scindapsus aures or Epipremnum aureum)

The “Areca Palm” removes CO2 and converts it into oxygen during the day. The “Snake Plant” converts CO2 into oxygen at night. The “Golden pothos” removes formaldehyde and other chemicals from your air.

Using these plants has shown significant oxygen level improvements in real world situations. Having these plants in your home can increase blood oxygen levels by 1% in 10 hours. They can reduce headaches, eye irritation, asthma and other respiratory problems.

These three plants are just a few of the many plants that are considered Air Filtering Plants. NASA has identified a number of similar plants in it’s Clean Air Study — an attempt to understand natural ways to purify air in closed spaces, on earth and beyond.

Read about the other plants or watch Kamal Meattle’s talk at TED for more info.

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  • 1. Debbie  |  June 6, 2010 at 3:28 pm

    I think it is important to note (especially for those that left comments about children with allergies, asthma, etc.) that if someone in your house has mold or mildew allergies the bad from these plants outweighs the good. All houseplants have issues with mold in their soil. If someone in your home has mold allergies you should not have houseplants of any type.
    Alternatively you can improve your indoor air quality drastically by cutting back on the chemicals in your home. Which is very easy to do.

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  • 2. Dinisohbet  |  June 6, 2010 at 6:52 pm

    If your air is not replenished with fresh air, it can be mildly toxic. But, with the right mix of plants, your air can be cleaned and oxygenated around the clock. With as little

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  • 3. dionekolodka  |  June 6, 2010 at 6:54 pm

    Thanks for the info – I love house plants and who couldn’t use better air quality!

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  • […] Spring is here and the garden centers are open. It's time to get some plants, especially for inside your home. Indoor plants are really important. There are chemicals in and on almost everything you buy. If your air is not replenished with fresh air, it can be mildly toxic. But, with the right mix of plants, your air can be cleaned and oxygenated around the clock. With as little as these three plants, you can have this perfect mix: Areca palm – ( … Read More […]

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  • 5. sanjeevnnanda  |  June 7, 2010 at 6:47 am

    Useful information. Any tips for what plants asthamic patients should avoid keeping in their room. Please do let me know.

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  • […] Spring is here and the garden centers are open. It's time to get some plants, especially for inside your home. Indoor plants are really important. There are chemicals in and on almost everything you buy. If your air is not replenished with fresh air, it can be mildly toxic. But, with the right mix of plants, your air can be cleaned and oxygenated around the clock. With as little as these three plants, you can have this perfect mix: Areca palm – ( … Read More […]

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  • 7. fdaray  |  June 13, 2010 at 6:02 am

    A saying goes this way in the Philippines by DedEd Secretary , Ricardo T. Gloria ,” plant trees and bring back the birds,”

    Yes, the birds are happy in their natural habitat. Let us plant trees.

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  • 8. fdaray  |  June 13, 2010 at 6:07 am

    We all know that our environment is in a state of crisis, We all know how hard we must work to save planet Earth from global warming. Our forests are the natural habitat of many species of flora and fauna. Many of the tree in our forest face extinction due to massive and illegal cutting. But , perhaps the only solution is to plant trees.

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  • 9. Personal Environment «  |  July 5, 2010 at 5:04 am

    […] found the article The Three Plants that will Improve You Home’s Air and became interested in plants as a direct filtering agent in our home.  Yesterday we picked up […]

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