Plants That Improve the Air Quality Inside Your Home

Plants help to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide in the air by replacing it with the healthy oxygen that we all need. Having plants in your home can help improve the overall air quality, but some plants do this better than others. To get you started, here’s a list of some of our favorite plants to improve the air quality inside your home. Which will you be adding to your indoor garden?

Aloe Vera

Having aloe vera around is always a good idea to treat burns and sunburns. Living aloe vera plants can improve air quality by reducing the amount of formaldehyde in your home. A preservative and component found in many types of furniture and plastics, formaldehyde is best kept outside your home.

Areca Palm

There aren’t very many indoor plants that provide a sense of height to your greenery. Most are in pots that need to rest on the floor or grouped on shelves, but the areca palm can grow to 6-8 feet and bring tropical flair into your home while improving air quality.

Lady Palm

Not only does the lady palm remove everyday toxins from the air inside your home but it also specifically targets odors and many cancer-causing organisms. To improve your family’s health and decrease your risk of cancer, bring a lady palm indoors.


Bamboo is already found in many homes because it is easy-to-grow, requires little maintenance, and has a unique appearance. Not only does bamboo help improve air quality by reducing the levels of formaldehyde in the air in your home, but it can also reduce levels of harmful benzene and trichloroethylene.

English Ivy

English ivy is famous for the classic look that it commonly provides to the outside of buildings as it climbs up brick or trellises. You can also grow it indoors to improve air quality throughout your home. A hearty plant, it will grow without the use of potting soil that attracts gnats and other insects. Instead, watch the roots grow in a glass vase.


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Next time you are stopping by the florist to pick up something for someone special, grab a bouquet of chrysanthemums, also known as mums, for yourself. These beautiful flowers reduce the levels of ammonia in the air and brighten up any room with vibrant colors. Chrysanthemums are commonly known as “the get-well flower” because of their ability to purify the air.

Peace Lily

While those with cats should avoid placing peace lilies in their home, these lovely plants can help reduce levels of benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, and acetone in your indoor air. By creating cleaner air for you and your family, it may be rightly named by creating a sense of well-being and peace.

If you care about the air quality in your home and want the best for your family, discuss your needs with a certified HVAC service provider who can advise you on many different methods for creating a healthy air environment for you and your family. Not only can you improve the air quality inside your home with plants but also by replacing or upgrading your HVAC system with different filters, purifiers, or components. Help your family to breathe easily and increase their comfort at home both naturally and with the help of an expert.