Spring is in the air in Northeast Ohio and adding a few beautiful and beneficial houseplants around specific locations of your home will clean the air of contaminants collected over the winter months. Use the ideas below to help clean the air around your home and enhance life for you and your family.
Carbon monoxide is often called the quiet killer and this toxic gas builds up in your home over the winter due to fuel burning machines and devices lacking the necessary oxygen for normal combustion. Locating a few inexpensive spider plants near windows will reduce the level of carbon monoxide in the air of your home and improve indoor air quality for guests and family. Keep the following points in mind when caring for your spider plants.
- Spider plants need to be located near a window where the midday sun is not too hot, or leaves will start to turn brown
- This type of plant likes to be in a pot and will grow lots of roots
- Use the same soil mixture you used for your African Violets to plant your new houseplants
- Be careful not to over water spider plants
Formaldehyde is a common air contaminant that builds up over the winter due to using various cleaning chemicals and personal health products around your home. Locating a few mother-in-law’s tongues in the bathroom or any room with low light will remove harmful formaldehyde from the air and add beauty and warmth to the busiest room in your home.
Bamboo Palm is one of the most effective houseplants for removing benzene and trichloroethylene from air within your home. These amazing plants are also great for situating near furniture to remove any formaldehyde from the air being given off as furniture ages.
The visually striking warneck dracaena will remove air pollutants related to varnishes, oils and other similar products from the air of your home.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Cleveland, Ohio about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about houseplants and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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