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Which Plants Assists With Indoor Air Quality?

Taking on indoor plants can be scary. Not all of us have that green thumb that people talk about. We may not all be capable of tending to luscious gardens. So, what’s in store for us? Let’s liven up the inside of your home with some easy to take care of plants! Even better, these plants can improve the quality of your indoor air. Let’s take a look at some of the top picks.

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Spider Plant


This plant removes the pollutants formaldehyde and xylene. This plant is great for beginners that may be forgetful about having a plant in the first place. It thrives in bright, indirect sunlight and sprouts shoots that will grow into baby spider plants.

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Aloe Vera


This plant removes the pollutant formaldehyde from the air. It best thrives in a sunny spot; if it isn’t in the sun it can go dormant, and stop growing. This plant needs watering once every two weeks. Make sure the soil of your plant is dried out first before watering it.

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Snake Plant aka Mother-in-Law’s Tongue


This plant removes the pollutants benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, and xylene from your air. If you truly believe you do not have a green thumb for plants, but more of a deadly thumb, this plant is for you. It’s really hard to kill. It prefers dry conditions and some sunlight. Water it only occasionally.

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Boston Fern


This fern removes formaldehyde and xylene from the air. This is great for a patio plant or right next to an open window. They love high humidity and prefer indirect light. The soil should stay moist for most of the time, but it needs only one good watering a month.

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Peace Lily

The peace lily removes ammonia, benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene from your air. With the right amount of light, these plants should produce white to off-white flowers in summer and should bloom through the full year. This plant is poisonous if ingested in large amounts, keep it out of reach from pets and small kids. However, it’s gorgeous and effective for indoor life. Make sure it’s in a well-draining pot. Re-pot the plant’s soil in spring.


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Barberton Daisy


This daisy will remove benzene and formaldehyde from your air. They prefer soft soil and a lot of water. Keep this plant near natural light.

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Weeping Fig

This plant will suck up benzene and formaldehyde from your carpet and furniture. This plant will require a lot of care compared to others on this list. This plant grows extremely slow. Moving them around a lot at home will put them into a shock, find one place and keep them there. A place with good lighting and not close to any drafts.

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African Violets

This flower can help increase the flow of oxygen in your brain, which helps you relax. They grow well in artificial light and help cleanse indoor air.


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We hope you learned something new today in our plant-filled blog! There are many more plants that can assist with indoor air quality that we didn't cover today. Visit your local home services store to learn more. If you really would rather avoid any plant life to improve your indoor air, be sure to reach out to Dowd Mechanical Heating & Air Conditioning with any questions about our indoor air quality services.  

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